Ford unveils special edition Transit SportsVan

Le Mans-style racing stripes on the bonnet and twin exhausts may be an unusual choice for a medium van, but Ford has previous in this area.

Ford has previously sold out of blue, grey, black and white special edition SportsVans shortly after release.

Described as a ‘reliable workhorse’ for the image conscious private or business buyer, the SportVan will cost £22,630 from the end of October, and marketing director Mark Simpson believes it will be successful.

"The SportVan is a real head-turner as well as a reliable workhorse and that’s why they sell out so fast.”

Only 100 special edition models, painted in ‘Colorado Red’ with white bonnet stripes, will be sold in the UK and it too is expected to sell out quickly.

The red SportVan is based on the 260, short-wheelbase model and comes with a 140bhp, 2.2-litre diesel engine matched to a six-speed transmission.

The SportVan, based on the models first introduced in 2006, adds twin exhausts, 18" graphite colour alloy wheels, side skirts, front and rear spoilers, extended wheel arches and low profile tyres to the standard Ford Transit specification.

It will also be the first medium van in the Ford range to include a DAB radio as standard alongside air conditioning, a CD player, cruise control, heated mirrors and steering column mounted controls.

The interior has includes leather touches to the steering wheel and gearshift knob, while tinted glass also comes as standard.

This builds on the standard specification which includes rain-sensing wipers and auto headlights. Optional extras include leather seats, sat-nav and a 5" colour screen.

Safety equipment such as ABS, ESP, driver and passenger airbags are all included as standard to the Ford Transit SportVan.