First released in 2007, the Ford Transit SportVan was created for those who wanted to make a statement with their commercial vehicle. And the latest edition — the seventh in the series — adds no shortage of spunk to The Blue Oval’s big utility wagon.
The instantly-distinguishable exterior is coated in Moondust Silver and complemented by graphite stripes. A set of 18-inch graphite alloys (to match the sexy stripes) fills the wheel wells while a dual twin exhaust and an aero kit — comprised of front and rear lower spoilers, side skirts, and extended wheel arches — round out the package.
Built on a short wheelbase 260 Transit model, the SportVan has a 2.2 liter turbo-diesel mated to a six-speed manual good for 140 metric horsepower to the front wheels. As you’d expect from a Limited Edition product, the cabin has all the fixins a modern van should have — like rain sensing wipers as well as optional leather seats and navigation with a back-up camera.
Only 180 examples will be made of this SportVan — and it would surprise us if all of them didn’t sell out in a matter of a month or two. In fact, the six generations of special edition SportVans preceding this one — including the blue with white stripes (500 units produced), grey with silver stripes (80), black with silver (500), white with blue (80), dark blue with silver (150), and red with white stripes (most recent) — were all sold out.
The price? £23, 670 — or $36,900 — at current conversion rates.
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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).[/expand]