Ford has been in the UK for a full century now, but for fans of its workhorse Transit van, the past four years have been the most exciting. That's because, since 2007, the Blue Oval automaker has released successive special edition SportVans that give the big wagon an added dose of attitude.

Each version has been distinguished by its color combination, and all have sold out: blue with white stripes (500 examples), grey with silver stripes (80), black with silver (500), white with blue (80), dark blue with silver (150) and, most recently, red with white stripes. Now Ford has released the latest edition in Moondust Silver with graphite stripes.

Aside from the paint scheme, the Transit SportVan also gets graphite alloys to match the stripes, dual exhaust and an aero kit. Based on the short-wheelbase 260 model, the SportVan packs a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel with 140 metric horsepower channeled to the front wheels through a six-speed manual. The cabin also packs all the bells and whistles, but only 180 examples will be offered, and you can bet they'll all sell out faster than a Transit can haul its cargo through London's busy streets. Details in the press release after the jump.
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FORD TRANSIT SPORTVAN GOES METALLIC

- Moondust Silver paintwork with graphite bonnet stripes
- 18in graphite colour alloy wheels, twin exhaust pipes and spoilers
- 140PS TDCi Duratorq engine
- Seventh in the SportVan range: limited edition of 180
- On sale now at £23, 670

BRENTWOOD, Essex, 28 September, 2011 – For Ford of Britain's centenary, the Ford Transit team has released 180 special edition Transit SportVan models in a smart new livery – metallic silver and graphite.

Ford of Britain's marketing director, Anthony Ireson, said: "Demand for our Transit SportVan has been exceptional so we are delighted to now offer this latest edition. Transit remains as popular as ever with more than 40,000 sales so far this year and this SportVan gives customers the chance to own a really special Transit."

The Transit SportVan is based on the popular 260, short wheelbase model with front wheel drive, with 140PS 2.2-litre TDCi diesel engine and a six-speed transmission. The exterior features Moondust Silver paintwork, Le Mans-style graphite bonnet stripes, twin exhausts, 18in graphite colour alloy wheels, low profile 235/45 tyres, front and rear lower spoilers, side skirts and extended wheel arches. Standard safety features include ABS, ESP and driver and passenger airbags.

Inside the cab: velour trim, air conditioning, Sony radio/CD with DAB with remote steering-column-mounted controls, Bluetooth, cruise control, power windows, powered and heated mirrors, leather steering wheel, tinted glass, leather gearshift knob and a perimeter alarm are also standard.

Additional standard equipment includes power deadlocks, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, front fog lights and a load area protection kit. Optional are leather seats, Satellite Navigation FX system with 5in colour screen and a rear view camera with cab-mounted 7in LCD colour display monitor. LED cargo lights in rear and LED daytime running lights are available as a dealer-fit accessory.

The Ford Transit SportVan was first created in 2007 for customers wanting to make a bold statement with their commercial vehicle. All previous models are sold out: Performance Blue with white stripes (500), Sea Grey with silver stripes (80), Panther Black with silver stripes (500), Frozen White with blue stripes (80) and Ink Blue with silver stripes (150), Colorado Red with white stripes (250).


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      ccweems
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm tired of morons commenting about the performance of commercial vehicles used in a market that most have never / will never see. It is that sort of derangement that has produced VW Golf that are larger than the original Passat and Civics larger than the original Accords. I've spent a lot of time on the continent and not once have I seen a truck that couldn't keep up with traffic. Most light trucks are sold with engines is the bottom third with respect to HP and almost all are sold with manual transmissions. The current US market MB Sprinter combination of a large V6 and automatic is almost unknown in Europe. There was a time in the US when many company vehicles were sold with an inline 6 cylinder and 3 speed column shift. I flogged the hell out of such vehicles not because of the necessity to keep up with traffic but because I was a stupid 16 year old kid. I expect the Transit described would be a riot to drive for current delivery drivers or at least for the few that know how to operate a manual transmission.
        Spellchecker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ccweems
        Well said. Mercedes offers the V6 for the Sprinter here but nobody really buys it. I really don't see the point of a gas-guzzling V6 in a commercial van (and I never understood why American vans "needed" a gas-guzzling V8 under their hoods).
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very cool for a van.
      Tyler
      • 3 Years Ago
      140 horsepower in a FWD 4,000+ lb. van with racing stripes is sporty? Why even bother really?
        otiswild
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tyler
        Have you _seen_ Sabine Schmidt drive one on the Nurburgring?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Harry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pretty cool! Wish it was RWD though. Would be funny to see the E-Series Vans here in the USA get a similar treatment.
      Thunderbuck
      • 3 Years Ago
      Has there been any official announcement regarding whether the Transit will be replacing the Econoline?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Ben Wright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is this the UK equivalent to a Harley-Davidson F-150 here?
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