The Ford Transit Sport Van: It is a Thing
When you think of vans, you don’t typically think of something you’d want to haul down to the track on the weekend. Ford seems poised to change that perception with the Ford Transit Sport lineup, which brings three high-powered vans to Europe.
“Not everyone is satisfied with a standard white van: Ford’s Sport series vans appeal to customers who want to make a statement, while still delivering the tough, capable character that has made the Transit family best sellers,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe. “As well as offering eye-catching style, the upgraded Sport vans are responsive and well-equipped with advanced driver assistance technologies.”
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The lineup will consist of a Transit Connect Sport, Transit Custom Sport, and Transit Courier Sport. The former-most of the three is already rolling out now with a 118-horsepower 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel mated to a six-speed manual transmission; while that’s not a whole lotta power by any means, something about the novelty of tackling a track in a stick-shift van is mighty appealing.
The Transit Custom Sport will be the most powerful of the three (and the most powerful van Ford’s ever made) with a 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel that will generate 182 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque. The Transit Custom Sport will also get the six-speed manual as well as an available six-speed SelectShift automatic. The Transit Courier Sport will be a bit less fun with a 99-horsepower 1.5-liter TDCi engine, but, hey, it still has a six-speed manual.
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