• May 25, 2011
Volkswagen Transporter Sportline – Click above for high-res image

While pickup trucks are the workhorses on this side of the Atlantic, across the pond their duties are typically assumed by full-size vans. So it should only follow that, just like we have performance pickups here like the Ford F-150 Raptor and the Ram Runner, so do the Europeans get the occasional sporty van to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. Ford once more leads the charge with the Transit SportVan, but not to be outdone, Volkswagen has launched a sporty van as well.

Called the Transporter Sportline, the special edition van packs a 180-horsepower 2.0-liter turbodiesel, mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG. The package is rounded out by such unique touches as a revised front end with gloss black and chrome grille, smoked headlights and integrated fog lamps, polished side step bars and 18-inch 5-spoke alloys. The lamps are smoked in the rear as well, and higher up there's a roof spoiler.

The interior is decked out in two-tone leather and all the electronic bells and whistles. In addition to the transmission options, buyers can opt for a short or long wheelbase and either windowed passenger configuration or cargo panel van. Prices start at £28,220 in the UK.


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      rygar
      • 3 Years Ago
      That just screams for an air brushed mural of a half-naked viking woman riding a dolphin while spearing a giant squid!
        EricG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rygar
        Don't forget the moon shaped bulbous plastic window cut out of the side
        daewootech
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rygar
        no no no. its an aztec warroir holding a dead lady in his arms atop a pryamid/mountain looking up and asking Por Que! Example: http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i108/turle_1/0901lra_jesus09_zoom.jpg
      rbnhd1144
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is nothing new from VW, they\ve made hot vans for years as have Ford and others, Uhhhhh some of you may laugh but this van is exactly what VW should be selling in America, we are so far behind the rest of the world with our plain jane, gashog, Econoline, Expess and Savana vans, if you looked inside one of these you would be pleasantly surprised... Its time VW stepped up and gave us the full range of VW vans, This would make a perfect replacement for my Astro, I refuse to get anything bigger.
        davidl1950
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rbnhd1144
        You sure got that right! I have 8 minivans...........most are Caravan cargo vans................total junk. The wrecker is on it's way to pick up one of them as I write this. The GM vans are just as bad and haven't changed in many years. One of the GM's we currently own nearly qualified for replacement under the lemon laws. Ford sure hasn't got anything to brag about. The E-150, 250 and 350 haven't seen a whif of a change in over a decade. The only van I have that isn't a total nightmare is a 2005 Mazda MPV and Mazda stopped buying them. Thank you VW for something new. P.S. could the Transit Connect look anymore foolish than it does? Looks like a toy my son would have played with years ago. And don't you love it when you buy a new Ford or GM van that the cheap bastards couldn't even take the time and money to properly insulate against road noise, heat, and cold, and the first thing you have to do is insulate and put up panels?
          Robert Ryan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @davidl1950
          I agree, Ford especially should have changed the Eseries Vans to make them more suitable as Motorhome bases. At the moment Mercedes is winning quite a few fans with its Sprinter base.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      produce a camper version and then call me!
      Scott
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dump the Routan and import this!
      sampson
      • 3 Years Ago
      bring it to the US! TRMNATR2: you can't just do sterling to dollar conversion to figure out US price...
      username_fail
      • 3 Years Ago
      yoo hoo people.. this van has been out in europe for MANY years... its just an "edition" Y'all actin glike its new or something.
      bobstrixx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey John your not the brightest crayon either. Volkswagon also owns Bentley, Lamborghini, SEAT, Skoda.
      JimmyJoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet! Bring it here VW with the TDi and a manual, perfect for my family if the interior is outfitted like the UK Caravelle: http://www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk/transporter-range/caravelle/overview http://www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk/images/product-pages/caravelle/hotspots/Interior_Seating.jpg Plus It would look awesome in black with a A-Team red stripe!
      Bryan Riddle
      • 3 Years Ago
      The panel van for the discerning and stylish pedophile
        daewootech
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bryan Riddle
        http://th02.deviantart.net/fs71/150/f/2010/265/e/d/pedo_bear_van_by_nv7v-d2z9qc1.jpg
      vlady1000
      • 3 Years Ago
      The words "Sport" and "Van" should not be used together, not matter what they did to the vechicle.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Introducing the new 2012.......................................... Volkswagen Astro!
        longducdong
        • 3 Years Ago
        You aint lyin. Thats cool though, I always thought the original Astro was sick lookin. This VW is actually pretty cool, maybe even more so than the Transit Sport in Europe.
      robsphase
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sporty 180hp???? Until you get to at least 300hp don't bother.
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