2021 Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 Sportline van revealed: price, specs and release date

The Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 van gets lowered suspension and a racier look as part of a new Sportline trim – here's everything you need to know…...

Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 Sportline Front

On sale: July 2021 | Price from: £42,940 (excluding VAT)

If you’re the owner of a small business that’s struggling to compete with the might of Amazon and its lightning-quick next day delivery service, Volkswagen might have a solution for you. 

It’s called the Volkswagen Transporter T6.1 Sportline and it’s what you get when you cross a Golf GTI hot hatchback with a commercial vehicle. Well, perhaps that might be overselling it a bit. 

As is the case with its main competitor, the Ford Transit Custom MS-RT, most of the upgrades over the regular model are purely cosmetic. The Sportline features a bespoke bodykit, a spoiler that sits at the trailing edge of the roof, illuminated sidebars, 18in alloy wheels and a contrasting red grille strip – the latter being a touch that you might notice from, you guessed it, the Golf GTI

The Sportline also ushers in a range of new metallic colours to help you stand out from the crowd, including Indium Grey, Fortana Red, Ravenna Blue and Copper Bronze. Or, if you’re willing to pay a little more, there’s a Sportline Black Edition that offers ‘Black Edition decals’, black alloy wheels, matt black sidebars and privacy glass for the second-row windows of Kombi models. 

VW Transporter T6.1 Sportline Rear

Because the Sportline is based on the range-topping Highline trim, you get plenty of kit on the inside, too. The list includes heated front seats wrapped in a mixture of Nappa leather and suede trim, digital instruments, a DAB radio, climate control, a heated front windscreen and a Discover Media Nav infotainment system (upgraded to a 9.2in system on Black Edition models). There’s also a rear-view camera, LED headlights with high beam assist, front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control to ease the effort of those long hours behind the wheel. 

In terms of mechanical changes, the ‘regular’ Sportline gets 30mm lower suspension, while the Black Edition gets even sportier Eibach coilovers. Both of these changes help to give the Sportline a more aggressive stance, while the lower ride height should ensure that it feels sharper and more nimble in the bends than a regular Transporter. That’s fitting, too, because the Sportline also gets the Transporter’s range-topping 2.0-litre diesel engine; with a whopping 201bhp, its 0-62mph of just 8.9 seconds is quick enough to embarrass plenty of executive saloons. 

Sportline trim is available on both the short- and long-wheelbase versions of the Transporter, as well as both the panel van and Kombi options. Prices for the Transporter T6.1 Sportline start at £42,940 excluding VAT with deliveries are expected from July.

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