Sunday 17 November 2019

Garda Traffic Corps get 20 new Opels in 2015

Bob Flavin

Helping to fight crime on our streets in the form of a new Opel Insignia 2.0CDTi BiTurbo high performance diesel engine with 195hp

I'm sure we've all seen the tired looking Garda cars trundling around the streets with every panel damaged? Well that's about to end with the help of some investment from the Government our Police force is getting some much needed upgrades in the form of the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer.

The 2.0CDTi BiTurbo diesel engine is equipped with two turbos, one larger than the other. They operate separately or together as required to ensure quick engine response from low revs: 400Nm of torque is developed from only 1750Nm (with 350Nm from only 1500rpm). The smaller turbo uses an efficient water-cooled intercooler to minimise turbo lag, while the larger turbo uses a larger air-cooled intercooler at higher engine speeds. Compared to single-turbo Insignia 2.0CDTi engines, the BiTurbo has higher performance pistons, cylinder head and gasket and camshafts to deal with the extra power. Despite all this performance-focussed technology, it is extremely fuel-efficient and boasts combined CO2 emissions of only 129g/km.

There's a lot going on underneath as there's some special adaptations to help keep up with the law-breakers


Independent front and rear suspension has been fitted to these Insignia’s with lowered, uprated sports suspension along with FlexRide, Opel’s Adaptive Chassis System. FlexRide uses multiple sensors and instantly adjusts the dampers to suit the driving conditions to optimise ride and handling in all situations. Pressing the “Sport” button stiffens the dampers, quickens the throttle response and gives more direct feeling to the steering for higher speed driving situations. FlexRide works with the ESP, ABS, electronic brake-force distribution and traction control systems to optimise driving safety.


High performance brakes are fitted, with the larger diameter front discs being ventilated and gaining 4-piston brake callipers with larger pads for superior braking ability. Manual handbrakes replace the normal electric handbrakes for operational effectiveness reasons. Meanwhile the 17-inch alloy wheels maximise air-flow for effective brake cooling.


Gardaí who will have responsibility of these Insignia’s will travel in comfort as Opel’s Ergonomic Sports Seats have been fitted. These feature electrically adjustable lumbar support and height adjustment which are perfect for spending long periods in the car while also providing support during high speed manoeuvers. A leather sports steering wheel with integrated cruise control and speed limiter buttons and audio controls improve steering feel and performance while minimising time with hands off-wheel. A 4.2” colour dashboard displays trip computer information in a clear easy-to-see format, with the info pages also controllable via steering wheel buttons. Climate control, remote central locking with deadlocks as well as privacy glass on all rear windows for operational reasons, of course.


The Insignia is fitted with the highest safety features with front, side and curtain airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners. Active safety front head restraints ensure minimal impact to the neck in the unlikely event of an incident.  Meanwhile LED Daytime running lights and front fog-lights have been fitted to enhance the already highly visible livery.

Dave Sheeran, Managing Director, Opel Ireland said; “Opel have 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.”

We love that manual handbrakes have been fitted for "operational effectiveness" we all know what that means.

Keep an eye out for the Opel badge and flashing blue lights in your rear-view mirror soon.

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