Volkswagen heats up Transporter van with Sportline special

Volkswagen heats up Transporter van with Sportline special

For one reason or another, New Zealand is a ute nation. We love our small trucks and what they can do onroad and off. But in the tarmac covered UK, utes aren’t as popular as full-size vans. So in the same way that we get all funny over a dressed up Toyota Hilux, the Brits are right into their sporty limited edition vans.

The Ford Transit Sportvan is the undisputed king of hot vans in Britain but now VW has thrown its hat into the ring with the new Transporter Sportline.

This special edition van comes packing a 135kW 2.0-litre turbodiesel motor, matched to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG box. Visual excitement is added by a revised front end with a gloss black and chrome grille. There’s also smoked headlights, recessed fog lamps, polished side step bars and 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels. No surprises at the rear where there’s a roof spoiler.

The cabin receives treatment as well with two-tone leather trim and plenty of equipment. The Transporter Sportline comes in either long or short wheelbase form and either windowed passenger configuration or as a cargo panel van.

Whether you like utes or vans you have to admit VW’s Transporter Sportline is one slick unit.

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