Ford to Launch Transit Custom Sport

Ford Transit Custom Sport

Ford Transit Custom Sport

It had to come.  Originally launched back in 2007, the previous Transit Sport Van models were so popular, despite initial teething problems with tyres wearing out.  Ford will be producing a Custom Sport Van from the beginning of 2013 with a 155PS version of the 2.2-litre Duratorq engine.

The words ‘sport’ and ‘van’ don’t at first glance seem to be easy bedfellows. But Ford has used the Sport tag to make its Transit van appeal to owner-drivers who may want their van to double as everyday family transport.

As well as the go-faster stripes, the Sport Van comes with a part leather interior and a DAB stereo.  Only available as the 2.9 tonne short wheelbase version, the van gets stripes, body coloured bumpers plus 18” alloys.

Sport versions of the Transit were first offered in 2007, featuring metallic blue paint and white stripes and echoing the look of Ford’s Le Mans-winning GT40s of the 1960s. Only a limited number were produced, and they quickly sold out. Since then the company has produced grey, black, white, red and silver versions, all of which have been in limited numbers.

Based on the short-wheelbase front-wheel drive Transit, the Sport is, as you might expect, powered by the top-of-the -range 140PS diesel with a six-speed gearbox. Other sporty features include 18-inch alloy wheels with low-profile tyres, spoilers, skirts and wheel arch extensions. Inside there’s velour upholstery, some leather trim, a CD stacker, cruise control and an alarm. Extras on offer include more leather, a sat nav and LED running lights. To celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary in 2011, Ford released 180 Transit Sports in Moondust silver.

The latest Sport models from 2013 are based on the newly restyled short-wheelbase Transit Custom with a 2.9 tonne gross weight. This is the middle version of the Transit range, offering low running costs and the only van in its class to have a five-star EuroNCAP crash rating. The Transit Custom is a winner of the International Van of the Year award too.

The Transit Custom Sport is powered by a 2.2 litre 155PS diesel engine driving the front wheels. This is the same engine that was used in the old Mondeo ST diesel. There’s a six-speed gearbox, and although Ford doesn’t quote an official 0-60 mph time, you should expect to get there in around 12 seconds. Economy doesn’t sufferer too much - with the optional stop-start it should deliver around 42 mpg.

Outside there’s a body kit and 18-inch wheels with 235/50 section tyres, plus the Sport hallmark stripes on the bonnet. Inside you get part leather seats and chrome trim on the air vents and around the stereo. There’s a trip computer with a colour display, and you get electric windows and mirrors, parking sensors, air con, a DAB radio, Bluetooth connection and Ford's SYNC system.

In 2016 Ford produced a Wasp edition of the Transit Custom Sport in conjunction with specialist customisers Swiss Vans. It has colours and styling inspired by the Ford Fiesta car competing in the World Rally Championship. Again, this van will only be available in limited numbers. Features of the Wasp include premium Wolfrace 18-inch racing wheels in grey and black. There are also side bars and front and rear spoilers to give a sporty look.

Inside there’s upholstery in a choice of premium leather, and in the back the Vanorak slot is a storage solution to keep everything clean and tidy. Further customisation options are available for the interior as well as for the paint and wheels.

The Transit Sport proves that when you drive a van there’s no need to give up on comfort, driving enjoyment or style.

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