Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is launching the Sportline 60, a new special edition model celebrating six decades of the Volkswagen Transporter in the United Kingdom. Sportline 60 – which replaces the current Sportline – could be availed in either short and long-wheelbase forms as a Kombi or panel van.
The Volkswagen Transporter Sportline 60 is distinguished from the rest of the VW Transporter range through a number f elements including 18-inch five-spoke Anthracite alloy wheels, black steel side bars, gloss black door mirror covers as well as special decals.
Moving to its interior, one can find that the Volkswagen Transporter Sportline 60 come with standard equipment like an upgraded Kenwood sat-nav infotainment system – including smartphone mirroring functionality, DAB and Bluetooth connectivity -- front and rear parking sensors with camera; and new quilted and embossed leather upholstery that features a special Sportline 60 edition logo.
Also coming as standard for the Volkswagen Transporter are a front seat armrest, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, electric windows, ABS and climate air conditioning. Likewise standard are remote central locking and stereo with CD player.
Just like its predecessor, the new Volkswagen Transporter Sportline 60 is easily distinguishable on the road thanks to color-coded front bumper and lower spoiler combine with a chrome grille at the front, and a roof spoiler, a color-coded bumper and unique Sportline 60 badging at the rear.
Standard finishes for the new Volkswagen Transporter Sportline 60 include metallic Reflex Silver and Deep Black while coming as an option is Candy White with a Deep Black roof. The Sportline 60 is powered by Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter BiTDI engine that is capable of providing up to 180 PS of output and up to 400 Nm of torque.
Customers for Volkswagen Transporter Sportline 60 can select between a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed DSG transmission. The Sportline 60 can be availed at a starting price of £29,940, excluding VAT, for the manual transmission (short wheelbase). When the DSG transmission (long wheelbase) is availed for the Sportline 60, the base tag is pegged at £34,170, excluding VAT.
Also known as Volkswagen Microbus, the Volkswagen Transporter is a forward control panel van that traces its roots in 1950. It was Volkswagen’s second car model, after the VW Type 1 or VW Beetle. The first generation of the Transporter was launched in 1950 and had its last stand in the 1967 model year. Just like the VW Beetle, the first-gen VW Transporter was served by the 1100 Volkswagen air-cooled flat-four-cylinder 'boxer' engine that is capable of delivering up to 18 kW (24 bhp) of output.