New Ford Transit SportVan revealed

The Ford Transit SportVan comes with an eye-catching makeover which includes racing stripes down the bonnet and a twin exhaust system more often seen on hot hatch cars.

Extended side skirts, spoilers and wheel arches are all added to the famous Ford Transit design in the latest 2012 SportVan version.

New Transit SportVan models, which are limited to a production run of just 180, come in a new metallic silver colour with graphite colour bonnet stripes.

The SportVan upgrades do not extend to the engine, which is the same 2.2-litre diesel available with the standard short wheelbase van it is based on.

The Duratorq diesel engine develops 140PS and is matched to a six-speed gearbox – the same setup as the standard Ford Transit van.

However, it does add some luxurious touches to the traditionally practical cabin. The new Ford Transit SportVan includes leather seats and steering wheel, powered and heated mirrors, cruise control, climate control and a sound system with DAB radio and Bluetooth.

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 Ford Transit SportVan has been released in the UK before. Earlier versions, including Performance Blue, Panther Black and Colorado Red models, all sold out shortly after launch.

The latest Ford Transit SportVan costs £23,670 from today. Only 180 will go on sale to UK customers.