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New Torsus Terrastorm off-road minibus bounces in

The Torsus Terrastorm is a beefed-up version of the all-wheel-drive Volkswagen Crafter – and it offers seating for up to 20 passengers

Torsus, the Slovakian vehicle conversion specialist, has launched a beefed-up version of the Volkswagen Crafter. It’s called the Terrastorm – and it features a range of mechanical and cosmetic revisions which the company says will make the van perform better off-road.

The new Torsus Terrastorm is available to order in the UK now, in a choice of either minibus or panel van body styles, with prices starting from £52,290.95. First deliveries are expected to arrive during the Autumn of this year.

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The Terrastorm is fitted with the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine as the range-topping Volkswagen Crafter, which has an output of 174bhp and 410Nm of torque. The powertrain is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and a four-wheel-drive system as standard, although buyers can have an eight-speed automatic as an optional extra.

However, while the Terrastorm’s engine remains unchanged over the standard Transporter, Torsus has completely overhauled the van’s chassis to make it more capable off-road. Upgrades include beefier off-road suspension, metal underbody protection panels, tough anti-roll bars, stronger 17-inch alloy wheels, knobbly off-road tyres and a locking rear differential.

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The upgrades give the Terrastorm 290mm of ground clearance, approach and departure angles of 26 and 20 degrees respectively and a maximum wading depth of 690mm – but buyers can also opt for Torsus’s “Deep Wave” package, which adds further waterproofing for the engine bay and electrical system, increasing the van’s wading depth to 820mm.

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Cosmetic tweaks over the standard Volkswagen Transporter are equally extensive, including chunky front and rear bumpers, protective grilles for the van’s fog lamps and tail lights, an aggressive bull-bar, new side-steps, fresh spot lamps and some tough plastic body cladding.

Torsus even offers the Terrastorm with vandal-proof polycarbonate windows, which not only prevent yobbos from breaking into the vehicle, but stops branches and rocks from puncturing the glass when navigating off-road trails. For even more off-road ability, buyers can spec a winch rated to pull 5,500kg as an optional extra.

Inside, there’s seating for up to 20 passengers – and every version comes as standard with air-conditioning, faux-leather upholstery, and water-resistant flooring. Torsus also offers an “extra active” seating package, which swaps the standard van’s conventional seats and three-point belts for more supportive bucket seats and five-point harnesses.

The firm’s Cargo panel van variant features all the upgrades over the minibus model, but removes the rear seats completely to provide a load space of 11.3 cubic metres . Finally, Torsus offers an Ambulance specification for medical professionals, which is outfitted with a broad range of medical equipment and a stretcher.

What do you make of the Torsus Terrastorm? Let us know in the comments section below…

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