Rules are made to be broken at the SEMA aftermarket show. Take a car that's not known to be cool--say, the 2010 Ford Transit
Connect--and it can be spun into a whole other universe of style, totally transformed by tuners.
The basics of this compact van aren't the stuff race weeklies are written for. There's a simple 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an automatic transmission, good for 19 mpg, under the hood. The Transit Connect's killer app is its height of 6 feet, 8 inches, which means it can fit into most urban parking structures, but also carry a surprising amount of cargo--loads of up to 6.5 feet in length and 4.7 feet in width, for 143 cubic feet in all.
Here at SEMA, the emphasis is on making a Transit Connect that even racers could use as a support vehicle. Tuners H&R have lowered the TC 3 inches up front and 4 inches in back, and added 19-inch wheels to go with the sky-blue paint job. Inside the TC concept has a Piloti-designed look with wood rails running down its cargo area, along with a roll bar system that looks perfect if you're trying to teach your infants the Bela Karolyi style of gymnastics.
The 2010 Ford Transit Connect arrives next April in showrooms, Ford says.
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