At Jalopnik, we love when people come up with crazy combinations to create unexpected vehicles, suddenly becoming performance gods (or monster gods). Take this 2014 Ford Transit Connect Cars and Deals List. At first glance, of course, it’s just a Ford Transit van. But beneath the sheets of metal beats an unexpected heart: the turbocharged I4 from the 2014 Focus ST.
Together we own a Ford Transit Connect ST, which Ford never gave us. From the outside, everything looks stock except for the ST badge. This is a subtle hint that this Transit is truly something special and different.
Of course, keen observers may recognize a few ST details, such as the 18-inch Focus ST wheels, rally-car-style mud flaps and center-exit exhaust. But there’s more where that comes from.
To be clear, this van isn’t just a Focus ST engine thrown into the Transit Connect. This car has been given all the modifications to make it drive as good as the Focus ST.
Starting with the ST’s 2.5-liter turbocharged I4, it makes 252 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque in stock form, mated to a six-speed manual. This part of the drivetrain was replaced with a stage 2 tune from Cobb, a stage 3 clutch kit from SPEC Clutch, a Mishimoto radiator, and a limited slip differential from MFactory. The owner also threw on an Eibach lowering spring kit. Unfortunately, a dyno sheet wasn’t provided for the Transit’s modifications, so it’s unknown how much the work increased power output.
Inside, the ST has Recaro seats and its full instrument cluster, auxiliary gauges in the center stack for things like oil pressure and temperature, and a nice sound system setup, including a Kenwood head unit and Alpine amplifier.
That is quite a brilliant problem with the instrument cluster. The seller says that when the factory cluster was changed to an ST cluster, “the instrument cluster was programmed to display chassis mileage.” That means the thing’s exact total mileage is unknown, although the seller notes that it has covered 7,000 miles since the May 20 swap.21.
Other problems appear be the list odd electrical gremlins like the radiator fan staying on or the A/C kicking in after the car has been running for a bit. Electric steering is also simple then enters “driving the first five or 10 feet” and traction control, USA and rear view camera not working at all. Maybe it’s related to some programming jobs. But regardless, everything to remember.
If you can see the potential, minor scratches on the exterior, and wear on the seatposts on your list of electrical ailments, there’s still time to get this creation for your garage. At the time of writing there are still six days left and bid is $12,500.