Okay, so it's not a stock minivan, but it looks like one... All hail the F1-powered Renault Espace minivan. Piloted by Alain Prost, no less.
When will manufacturers embrace us, the performance-loving-but-have-a-few-kids-and-too-many-strollers driving enthusiasts? A Honda Odyssey with around 300 horsepower, a dash more torque, a dual-clutch manumatic transmission, and a more sporting suspension would be just the ticket.
All of us here at Metacool Media are fervent believers in the minivan as performance vehicle. They're just tall cars, as opposed to cars that stand tall (also known as SUV's), so with just a little imagination they lend themselves well to sporting modifications.
If I told you I had a mid-engine, turbo-charged, rear-wheel-drive car that I went drifting in, would you think it was a hot dog Toyota Previa minivan? Why not? Why not, indeed.
What a sound this thing makes! And how it hunkers! It has all the gravitas of a hairy-armed first-generation Porsche 911 Turbo.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: there's a market out there for vans that pack the punch and handling of a BMW 535i. People in my demographic and psychographic could easily absorb 10,000 of these a year in North America alone. I'd buy one in a second, especially if it were powered by a turbodiesel.
Space is the ultimate luxury.
Space coupled with warp-speed performance? Well, that's nirvana. Honda, are you listening?
Not exactly the greenest of conveyances, but I bet some hyper-fast minivans would go a long way toward changing the "vans are for soccer moms" story which makes people go and buy silly, tippy SUV's for road use. A powerful van would at least be greener than an equally powerful SUV. After all, a mini van really isn't a small van; it's a tall car. And space is the ultimate luxury.