The Volkswagen Transporter T5 is a commercial vehicle that was launched in 2003 replacing the old T4 model. It’s versatile and configurable like the Weststar Maxus LDV and back in school I have known of some very rich families that actually own and use such vehicles as a people mover instead of a goods mover whenever they need to entertain a large group of people. The Caravelle model in the UK offers plenty of space for 6 to 7 people and creature comforts such as tables and refrigerators.
The most powerful version of the Transporter you can buy now is the 235 horsepower, 315Nm of torque 3.2 litre V6 version. The most torquey is the 2.5 litre inline-5 TDI turbodiesel with 174 horsepower and 400Nm of torque.
But what if you wanted a more powerful version…
German tuners Claer probably got inspired by the Brabus Viano V8, a commercial van with a 6.1 litre V8 engine producing 426 horsepower and 621Nm of torque. You could probably just turbocharge the 3.2 litre V6 engine but Claer decided to do what the Volkswagen tuners of the past have done, plonk a Porsche engine in!
A twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine from the 996 Porsche 911 is used in the Claer T5, producing a Viano V8-beating 680 horsepower and 720Nm of torque. It can reach a top speed of 300km/h. For additional stability at those speeds and for better cornering ability, the ride height has been lowered by nearly 75mm.
Additional stopping power is provided by the upgraded brakes which use 380 x 32 mm discs with 6-pot calipers in the front and 330 x 28 mm discs with 4-pot calipers in the rear, which can stop the van from 100km/h in just under 40 meters.
Perhaps a new installment of the movie The Transporter might feature this monster one day if Jason Statham ever needs to transport something much larger than his luxury sedans can fit.