New Volkswagen Transporter Sportline

New Volkswagen Transporter Sportline  
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on 03/26/2006


Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed a new addition to its Transporter line-up: the range-topping Sportline.

With distinctive styling, and yet retaining all the practical qualities for which the award-winning Transporter is renowned, the Sportline demonstrates that vans needn’t be all work-horse and no play.

Costing from £21,090 (excl VAT and on the road costs), the Sportline is available with short and long wheelbase options, and with power provided by the most powerful diesel engine in the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles range. This advanced 2.5-litre five-cylinder TDI unit produces 174 PS and 400 Nm of torque from just 2,000 rpm.

On the outside, the Transporter distinguishes itself from ‘lesser’ vans with a number of distinctive styling cues. At the front, you can’t help but notice the colour coded front bumper and lower spoiler combined with chrome grilles. The polished theme continues with chrome side rails and body-coloured mirrors and door handles. At the rear is a roof level spoiler, colour-coded bumper and unique Sportline badging. Just three colour options are available: black, red and silver.

A sporting stance is achieved with a combination of Eibach suspension springs, which lower the Sportline by 30 mm compared with the standard Transporter. Imposing 18" ‘Borbet’ five-spoke alloy wheels and low profile tyres complete the look.

Inside, the Sportline is generously equipped with a height and reach adjustable steering wheel; comfort driver’s seat with armrest; electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors; electric windows; ABS; air conditioning; remote central locking; stereo with CD player; and special Sportline gearshift cap fitted as standard. Among the list of options and accessories are many items you would expect to see in a car, including a Golf GTI style leather interior. An iPod adaptor will also be offered later.

Available from early May, Sportline will appeal to user-chooser van operators, allowing them to select a more dynamic form of transport. The model is also expected to appeal to bikers, surfers, snow boarders and skiers who want to move their equipment in something a bit different from the usual run-of-the-mill van.

Like every Volkswagen van, the Transporter Sportline enjoys the backing of a three year/100,000 mile warranty, plus three year paint and 12-year anti corrosion guarantee.

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