BMW has been making emergency vehicles since the 1950s. And it’s brought out its latest for RETTmobil – Europe’s biggest exposition of first-responder vehicles. But the one that’s caught our eye, while made by the same group, isn’t a BMW at all. It’s a Mini.
A John Cooper Works hot hatch, to be specific. In top form, the performance-oriented retro hatchback packs a 2.0-liter turbo four good for 231 metric horsepower (170 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. That gives it a 0-62 mph (100 kh/h) time of 6.1 seconds – when equipped (like this one is) with the six-speed automatic transmission, or 6.3 seconds with the manual. Either way, it’s pretty quick.
The show car, as you can see, is fitted with strobe lights and a special livery that takes Germany’s typical Polizei paintjob in an altogether more vibrant, “urban” direction. It almost looks like it was applied by street kids and wasn’t left to dry before hitting the Autobahn in response to some emergency or another.
Crossovers, Minivans, and Motorcycles
Of course the Bavarian automaker is also showcasing some of its own-brand vehicles in emergency-vehicle trim. The new X3 debuts at the show in xDrive20d spec, alongside 2 Series Gran Tourer (in 220d xDrive trim), as doctor’s express vehicles. Another X3 joins an X1 xDrive20d as a mobile command posts. And there’s an F750 GS set up by BMW Motorrad for police duty.
Altogether they make for a pretty impressive display. But if you’re not one of the 28,000 visitors expected to pour into the exhibition center in Fulda, Germany, you can still check them all out in the extensive image gallery below.