The world’s largest luxury automaker has a tradition in bringing emergency vehicles to life – just look at the M4 GTS for DTM duties – and during the RETTmobil will showcase unique versions of the i3, X1, X3 and 2-Series Active Tourer.
The brand is a regular of the RETTmobil and this year the emergency vehicles roster is quit big with five different applications on its models. The i3 show car has a white exterior with an Emergency Services livery. The highlights include a Hella RTK 7 roof bar, LED strobe lights, and preparations for a Sepura digital radio. This is the range extender version, which is still rather slow at a maximum speed of 93 mph. Next up is the X1 xDrive 20d which has been prepared as a fire service command vehicle. The additions are rather subtle: fire service livery, an LED light bar, and preparations for a Teledux-9 radio system.
Moving on, the paramedics get the specially designed 220d xDrive Gran Tourer with an eye-soaring orange and white exterior featuring an LED light bar, emergency flashers, and a multi-purpose roof antenna. Other amenities include another battery, an accident data recorder, and a steel partition in the luggage compartment. This one is quick for an MPV, using a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 190 horsepower, mated to the ubiquitous eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system – the sprint to 62 mph is handled in 7.6 seconds and the maximum speed is 135 mph.
A stylish creation might be considered the X3 xDrive20d command vehicle. It features the M Sport package, tinted rear windows and 20-inch M lightweight alloy wheels. There’s also a DBS 4000 roof bar signaling system, an accident data recorder, an auxiliary battery, and a radio preparation package. The last addition to the roster is an R 1200 RT motorcycle customized for paramedic use.