Ford's European division has lifted the veil off of the Transit Custom Sport. ¬†Aimed at the top end of the commercial van segment, it is scheduled to hit showrooms across Europe in the first half of 2013. ¬†
The Transit Custom Sport wears a more dynamic design than its strictly commercial siblings. ¬†It is offered in six metallic colors which can be complemented by racing stripes applied to the hood and the front bumper. ¬†To finish off the track-inspired look, the van comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels mounted on low profile tires.
Ford did not release any pictures of the Transit Custom's interior but it promises that it is considerably better-finished than the regular Transit. ¬†Expect leather upholstery, a beefier audio system and the company's touch-screen-based SYNC infotainment system to be part of the package.
Under the Transit's hood lies a 2.2-liter Duratorq turbodiesel four-cylinder engine that makes 155 horsepower and 284 lb-ft. of torque. ¬†It is bolted to a six-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels.
Only offered with a short wheelbase, the Transit Custom Sport will carry a base price of €34,950 (roughly $45,500) when it goes on sale in Germany. ¬†At the time of writing Ford does not plan on offering the van in the United States.