Not a lot of people would look at a full-size van and think, "I bet I can make that thing perform like a sports car." Sure, many major manufacturers have had similar dreams of grandeur with their full-size SUVs – sometimes with halfway decent results – but nothing on this scale that we can think of. On the high-riding, dirt-spitting side of things, Porsche's Cayenne Turbo S comes to mind as an SUV with the speed and handling of something a lot smaller, but vans have been mercifully exempt from these types of projects for the most part. Until now.
Starting with a Volkswagen T5 Transporter, German tuner TH Automobile dropped in a (much) hotter engine and tweaked the handling a bit, creating the VW TH2 in the process. They decided to go with a Porsche mill, presumably to keep things in the family. However, when you realize that the Porsche engine in question is the 560 horsepower, twin-turbo, 3.6-liter flat-six of a 996 GT2, you think, "That poor Cayenne doesn't have a prayer."
Follow the jump to see a video of this van in action, going head-to-head with the bogey Cayenne. The footage is from the German show Grip, and the audio's in German, so unless you sprecken sie Deutsch, you'll have to just enjoy the video. Don't turn off the audio, however or you'll miss the sounds of this beast in action.
The TH2 matches the Cayenne's 4.8 second 0-100 km/h run, and has the same 280 km/h top speed, but it's not a whole lot cheaper than the Porsche at 113,000 Euro. But if you have the scratch, TH will build you one. So follow the jump for the embedded YouTube clip and check out the TH Automobile website to see their other vantastic offerings.
[Source: Grip via YouTube via German Car Scene]