Ford has quietly revealed the new Supervan 4 and not enough people are up in arms about the F-150-powered Transit.
The new Ford Transit was recently revealed in Hanover last weekend to great fanfare. The new Transit is the most technologically advanced van that Ford has ever created, with new wireless connectivity, a new engine, and even greater fuel economy than ever before.
As is tradition with Ford, a new generation of Transit vans are also accompanied by a so-called “Supervan”--that is, a Transit that has been given the business of a larger, more powerful engine than a van typically receives.
The first Supervan appeared in 1971 with a GT40 chassis, a Mark 1 Transit body, and a 400 hp Ford V8 engine propelling all of it. Flash forward a few decades to 1994 and we get the Supervan 3 celebrating the birth of the 5th-gen of Transits. This one was powered by a Cosworth V6 engine that also produced close to 400 hp
For the 6th-gen Transit, Ford has unveiled the Supervan 4 which is powered by a 3.5-L EcoBoost turbo V6--the same as found on the current gen of Ford F-150 pickup. Power is rated at just 310 horses, but a respectable 400 lb-ft of torque gets hauling done without muss or fuss.
Zero to sixty is done in a speedy (for a van) 6.8 seconds, while a quarter mile drag race can be completed in around 15 seconds. A limited-slip differential also provides the Supervan with some cornering ability, but you’ll likely want to ensure that the lower roofed model is the one chosen to whip around the track like a maniac.
As Jalopnik points out, there’s a whole host of aftermarket upgrades available for the Supervan as well thanks to the fact that it’s powered by the ludicrously common 3.5-L engine from the F-150. Power north of 400 horses is easily achievable with one of this aftermarket engine kits, turning the Supervan into something worthy of the name.
Or you can get the new Transit van with its economical diesel engine option. Either or.