Twenty new Opel Insignia Sports Tourers have been delivered to the An Garda Síochána, the Irish police force. The Opels feature equipment specific to what the Irish force needs to serve local motorways best, and have been outfitted to reflect officer desires.
Power comes from a unique 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine with an output of 195-horsepower, ensuring rapid engine response from low revs. Two turbos operate separately or together to ensure quick response with peak torque of 300 pound-feet coming about at 1,750 RPM. The smaller turbo uses water cooling to stay as efficient as possible, while the larger turbos feeds off of air for more spirited policing. The two work in concert to also minimize lag.
Dave Sheeran, managing director of Opel Ireland, said, “Opel has a vast experience in developing cars that provide surefooted performance, and with the specifications that we have provided with these Insignia Sports Tourers, they are ideally equipped to support the safe and efficient patrolling of our Irish motorways.
The Sports Tourers are fitted for police duty with Opel’s FlexRide, the brand’s adaptive chassis system. Independent front and rear suspension are part of the police package, and a dedicated sport mode is also available for officers. Upon pushing the Opel police vehicle into “Sport,” the suspension stiffens, and throttle response quickens as well as a more direct steering feel.
The Sports Tourers are some of the safest police cruisers on the market for Ireland, and feature front and side airbags as well as seatbelt pre-tensioners. Active safety front restraints ensure minimal impact to the neck, and daytime running lights add to the easily visible Irish police livery the Opel wears.