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by Adam Lynton
This is not your hippie father's Volkswagen van.
Adding power and dynamic feel, Hartmann's VANSPORTS tuning line dubbed the T5 Prime has just been revealed, at the heart of which lies a power upgrade for the diesel engines. The Vansports electronic diesel performance kit combined with a sports exhaust system pushes the power of the 2.0 TDI up from 138 to 164 horsepower, and torque from 251 to 291 lb-ft, and the 2.0 BiTDI from 177 up to 209 hp, and torque from 295 to 339 lb-ft. That's nothing to cough at in a large utility van.
Hartmann has also fitted an electronic accelerator pedal kit, allowing for a significantly shorter reaction time during acceleration. For improved driving dynamics, Hartmann has also fitted the T5 Prime with a high-performance sport suspension that optimizes handling without sacrificing on comfort, bringing the T5 30 mm closer to the tarmac. Visual tweaks include new front spoilers, side skirts, a rear skirt extension and a range of alloys in different designs and finishes. This particular example is riding on 20-inch VEST 3 wheels. An individualized interior includes velour carpeting, antiskid rubber knobs and carbon-optic parts.