2010 Ford Transit 260 SportVan limited edition (UK)

Celebrating a tremendous success of the family in its stronghold, the British branch of the global brand has issued a special edition 2010 Ford Transit SportVan commercial vehicle.

Looking a bit like a fire truck with its bright red paint with a pair of white stripes, the commercial van offers the usual combination of visual sportiness of its exterior with a bit disappointingly anemic diesel engine. However, if you don’t plan to take the van to Silverstone (you don’t, do you?), the vehicle still seems like a nice choice thanks to numerous interior and exterior enhancements that come as a part of the package.

2010 Ford Transit 260 SportVan limited edition (UK)

What is Ford Transit? In short, it is to the world of small business as the Range Rover to the world of glamour, money and fashion.

2010 Ford Transit 260 SportVan limited edition (rear view)

Perhaps, it is even better by a magnitude of seven, since the van not only does its job with infinite grace, but is also so reliable and durable, that you can rely on it like on a good old workhorse. As long as you care for it, it will work, and work, and work until the job is done. And then it will ask for more.

No wonder that for the last 40 years the Transit family enjoys the level of success its competitors from the continental Europe can only dream of. Can you imagine a limited edition of a Peugeot Expert or, perhaps, a Fiat Doblo? These panel vans may be good, and some of them may be even award winning, but only Ford Transit is the van of choice for most European small business owners.

2010 Ford Transit 260 SportVan limited edition (side view)

Okay, meet the new 2010 Ford Transit 260 SportVan special edition model. With the total production run limited to only 100 units, this bright red mid-size hauler with a pair of white stripes on its sloppy hood, clearly states that it shares some of its DNA with the legendary Ford Mustang.

Motivated by a TDCi Duratorq 140hp turbo-diesel engine, which is not available for the standard short-base Transits, the panel van rolls on a set of trendy 18-inch graphite-finish alloy wheels wrapped in low profile 235/45 rubber. The special edition model also features a pair of optional (sigh) LED daytime running lights on its sporty front bumper.

2010 Ford Transit 260 SportVan limited edition (roomy interior)

The vehicle’s powerful, yet fuel-efficient oil-burner is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, which transfers all available power to the front wheels (it is such a shame they still don’t offer the van with a full-wheel drive system!)

Inside its pretty boring interior (it is a workhorse, remember?) there is an air conditioning system, a six-disc CD-player with its remote controls mounted on a steering-column, a standard cruise control, power windows, powered and heated mirrors, leather-clad steering wheel and gearshift knob, tinted glass, and a perimeter alarm.

Power deadlocks, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, front fog lights and a load area protection kit also come at no additional price. For extra money, though, one can also load the van with leather seats, Satellite Navigation FX system with 5-inch color screen, LED cargo lights.

2010 Ford Transit 260 SportVan limited edition (intertaninment and navigation system color monitor)

Going on sale before the end of this month, the 2010 Ford Transit 260 SportVan limited edition will retail for only £22,630.

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