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Ford Transit SportVan now in limited edition coloured red

Popular SportVan: soon available in red

New colour scheme for popular go-faster Transit

FORD is releasing 100 special edition Transit SportVan models in a distinctive red livery.

The Ford Transit SportVan was first created in 2006 for customers wanting to make a bold statement with their commercial vehicle.

All previous models sold out quickly: Performance Blue with white stripes (500); Sea Grey with silver stripes (80); Panther Black with silver stripes (500); Frozen White with blue stripes (80); and Ink Blue with silver stripes (150).

Ford’s marketing director, Mark Simpson, said: “The SportVan is a real head-turner as well as a reliable workhorse, and that’s why they sell out so fast.”

The Transit SportVan is based on the popular 260 SWB model with front-wheel drive, with the 140PS 2.2-litre TDCi diesel engine and a six-speed transmission. The red SportVan will be the first medium van to come with DAB radio as standard.

The exterior features Colorado Red paintwork, Le Mans-style white bonnet stripes, twin exhausts, 18in graphite colour alloy wheels, low profile 235/45 tyres, front and rear lower spoilers, side skirts and extended wheel arches. Standard safety features include ABS, ESP and driver and passenger airbags.

Inside the cab: velour trim, air conditioning, six CD-player with remote steering-column-mounted controls, cruise control, power windows, powered and heated mirrors, leather steering wheel, tinted glass, leather gearshift knob and a perimeter alarm are also standard.

Power deadlocks, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, front fog lights and a load area protection kit similarly come on every SportVan. Optional are leather seats, Satellite Navigation FX system with 5in colour screen, LED cargo lights in rear and LED daytime running lights.

Price is expected to be similar to the previous Ink Blue SportVan, which cost £22,630.

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