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.