At Jalopnik, we love when people come up with crazy combinations to create unexpected vehicles and suddenly become performance gods (or wannabe gods). Take this 2014 Ford Transit Connect listed on Cars & Bids. At first glance, of course, it’s just a Ford Transit van. But beneath the sheet metal beats an unexpected heart: the turbocharged I4 from a 2014 Focus ST.
Together we have what Ford probably never would have given us, a Ford Transit Connect ST. From the outside, everything looks stock except for the ST badging. It’s a subtle hint that lets you know that this Transit really is something special and different.
Sure, astute observers might recognize a few ST details, such as the 18-inch Focus ST wheels, rally car-style mud flaps and center exhaust. But there’s more where that came from.
To be clear, this van isn’t just another Focus ST engine thrown into a Transit Connect. This vehicle has been given all the modifications to ensure it drives well, just like a Focus ST.
Starting with the ST’s turbocharged 2.5-liter I4, which makes 252 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque in its stock form, and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. That part of the drivetrain has been modified 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, there was no dyno sheet for the Transit’s mods, so it’s unknown how much of the work may have resulted in increased horsepower.
Inside are what look like the ST’s Recaro seats and entire instrument panel, extra gauges on the center console for things like oil pressure and temperature, and a nice sound system setup that includes a Kenwood head unit and Alpine amp.
There is a rather glaring problem with the instrument panel. The seller says that when the factory cluster was swapped for the ST cluster “the instrument cluster was programmed to display the chassis mileage.” That means the exact total mileage on this thing isn’t known, though the seller notes he’s put 7,000 miles on it since the swap took place on May 20.21.
Other problems arise be a list of weird electrical gremlins like the radiator fan staying on, or the air conditioning coming on after the car has been running for a while. Power steering as well steps in afterwards “drive the first five or ten feet, ‘and the traction control, abs and reversing camera not working. Maybe that’s because of some programming stuff. However, all things to take into account.
If you see the potential in the list of electrical issues, the little scratches here and there on the exterior, and the wear and tear on the seat stays, there’s still time to get your hands on this creation for your garage. At the time of writing, there are six days left and the bid is at $12,500.