2017 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer looks hot and is ready to report for duty for fire department

Article by Christian A., on May 11, 2017

How would it look if you turn an Opel Insignia into a fire truck? Well, not really a truck, but with the livery of one. Recently, photos of the wagon have surfaced online, and it looks like it is about to report for duty.

No doubt the Insignia is one of the hottest mid-sized wagons out in the market right now, and it’s looking extra fiery with its new livery. If you are interested to see this model in person, it is displayed at the 2017 RETTmobil rescue and mobility exhibition in Fulda, Germany until Friday, 12th May. And the Insignia isn’t the only once copping a fire department uniform, as the Vivaro is on display as well wearing a similar outfit.

Opel gave the Insignia a bit of an upgrade here and there, but it doesn’t look way different from the production version. To complete the firefighting look, Opel had to add LED front flashers to the wagon, as well as a signal system to ensure that the public notices its presence. Inside the spare tire well, you’ll find a house radio and other firefighting equipment, in replacement of the spare tire that was originally there.

To ensure that the wagon gets to the scene of the fire as fast as it could, it is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine that produces 260 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-metres) of torque. In only seven and a half seconds, it can reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from a stop. It is also capable of reaching a maximum of 245 kilometers per hour (152 miles per hour), making it the fastest Insignia at the moment. But this model will probably be outpaced by the upcoming OPC that is due to arrive next year. Therefore, Opel allows drivers to “keep their hands on the steering wheel even in the most dangerous situations”.

No matter what season it may be, or what the weather is like, the Insignia Sports Tourer has nothing to worry about, as it comes with an all-wheel-drive system boasting torque vectoring. The AWD is paired with a newly developed eight-speed automatic that distributes power to both axles.

The Insignia Sports Tourer, however is only available for the European market. The United States market will instead get a Buick Regal which offers two body types: the Sportback hatch and the TourX wagon. If you opt for a fire-department themed wagon, you can always head to a tuner and have your Buick Regal TourX turned into a fire-fighting wagon.

Press Release

Fiery-red Fire Engines: Opel Insignia Sports Tourer and Opel Vivaro Rescue Vehicles at “RETTmobil 2017”

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.

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