A beefy 260-hp gasoline engine ensures the car gets to the scene of the fire as fast as possible.
The new Opel Insignia Sports Tourer is arguably one of the best-looking midsize wagons in the business and it's just as appealing dressed up as a mobile command vehicle. You can check it out beginning with tomorrow until Friday at the 2017 RETTmobil event organized in Fulda, Germany where it shares the spotlight with a Vivaro also wearing a similar fire department outfit.
The VW Passat Variant’s rival is being showcased in the hottest (pun intended) version available today: the 260-hp model featuring a strong turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine generating 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque. It goes from 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in only seven and a half seconds and will max out at 245 kph (152 mph), thus making it the quickest and fastest Insignia of the bunch at the moment. It goes without saying this version will eventually be outpaced by the range-topping OPC due likely next year.
Whether it’s raining or snowing, this Insignia Sports Tourer reporting for fire department duty won’t have a problem with grip as the 260-hp model comes as standard with an all-wheel-drive system boasting torque vectoring. In charge of channeling the engine’s power to both axles is a newly developed eight-speed automatic, prompting Opel to say it allows drivers to “keep their hands on the steering wheel even in the most dangerous situations” on their way to a fire.
Aside from the typical livery you’d expect from a rescue vehicle, the wagon has also been fitted with a bespoke signal system as well as front-mounted LED flashers to alert everyone nearby about its presence. As a final touch, the spare wheel has been removed to free up room for a special storage space carrying a radio system as well as the necessary fire-fighting-related kit.
Opel Insignia Sports Tourer and Vivaro rescue vehicles
Fiery-red Fire Engines: Opel Insignia Sports Tourer and Opel Vivaro Rescue Vehicles at “RETTmobil 2017”
- Mobile command vehicle: Opel Insignia Sports Tourer in fire department outfit
- Fire department personnel carrier: Opel Vivaro tailored ex works
Rüsselsheim. Opel will show two new emergency service vehicles at the 17th RETTmobil in Fulda. An Insignia Sports Tourer mobile command vehicle and a Vivaro personnel carrier will make their debuts at the international rescue and mobility exhibition. RETTmobil is open to visitors Wednesday through Friday from 09.00CET until 17.00CET. Just like last year, Opel will present its newcomers at booth 505 in tent 5. The expert staff at the Opel stand is ready to inform visitors about the carmaker’s broad portfolio of emergency vehicles and other vehicle conversion options. The emergency service vehicles are made by Opel Special Vehicles in Rüsselsheim.
As fast as the fire department: The Opel Insignia Sports Tourer
Opel is showing the fire department command vehicle with flagship equipment. The Insignia Sports Tourer comes with a 191 kW/260 hp turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine (NEDC fuel consumption: urban 11.5 l/100 km, extra-urban 7.1 l/100 km, combined 8.7 l/100 km, 199 g/km CO2). It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 245 km/h. The Insignia can always transfer its power to the road thanks to its intelligent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring. This is especially important when the roads are wet or snowy. Furthermore, drivers can enjoy the new 8-speed automatic transmission, which allows them to keep their hands on the steering wheel even in the most dangerous situations. The Sports Tourer is equipped with a special signal system and LED front flashers to ensure that it arrives on site safely. In addition, a tailored equipment carrier in the spare wheel well of the trunk ensures safe storage of radio and fire-fighting related additional equipment.
All aboard: The Opel Vivaro for nine fire fighters
Elsewhere, Opel will also display their light commercial vehicle bestseller at the RETTmobil. The Vivaro Combi fire department personnel carrier has a gross permissible weight of 2.9 tons and can carry up to nine people. Under the hood it can rely on the 107 kW/145 hp 1.6 BiTurbo (NEDC diesel consumption: urban 6.6 l/100 km, extra-urban 5.4 l/100 km, combined 5.9 l/100 km, 152 g/km CO2). In general, the 5.40 meter long L2 variant of the Vivaro impresses with good driving performance, ample space, a high load capacity and comfort in abundance. Up front, it comes with a three-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support along with a double bench-seat. Removable three-seat-benches in the second and third row ensure plenty of knee room – which is especially important for quick ingress and egress. A mesh installed behind the third row of seats protects the fire fighters from equipment stored in the trunk in extreme driving situations.
Just like the Insignia command vehicle the Vivaro is equipped with an LED special signal systems with the obligatory siren. Furthermore it catches other road users’ attention with its front and rear flashers. Thanks to a built-in preliminary radio communication set-up, the fire fighters can connect their various devices individually.
The eye-catching signal graphics of both vehicles on display come from design112. The Hessian company has been specialized in special decals for two decades and works closely with Opel Special Vehicles.