It has big wheels and a fake V8 engine sound.
Do you remember the 1980s The A-Team action-adventure TV series? It featured a bespoke 1983 GMC Vandura van with distinctive two-tone exterior and a roof-mounted spoiler in red. Opel has decided to bring back to life the spirit of the A-Team van with the O-Team Zafira Life concept. Of course, the “O” in the vehicle’s name stands for Opel.
While the German vehicle doesn’t have a lot in common with the original Vandura under the bonnet, the exterior connection is obvious. The van from Rüsselsheim features a two-tone colour combination and a similar roof-mounted fixed spoiler. The colours are vastly different though – the black and grey body is gone and in place comes a white and dark blue combo with neon green stripes.
The van rides on 20-inch BBS wheels on all four corners and an upgraded air suspension. Stopping power is provided by Brembo brakes with four-piston callipers and 11-inch rotors at the front. Motivation comes from the brand’s 2.0-litre diesel engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. You won’t be missing the sound of a V8, too – Opel has installed additional speakers to simulate the roar of a V8.
Here’s something interesting. While the original vehicle had a massive 5.7-litre V8, it produced just 160 bhp and 250 pound-feet of torque. For comparison, Opel’s reinvented version has almost three times smaller engine in displacement but slightly more power – 174 bhp and 295 lb-ft. The brand promises a combined fuel consumption of just 7.0 to 8.1 litres per 100 kilometres, which equals to about 40-34.8 UK miles per gallon.
If you like what you see and read, prepare to be disappointed. While the vehicle is street-legal in Germany, Opel has no plans to bring the concept van to production.
Check out the press release section below for more details.
Gallery: Opel Zafira Life O-Team 2019
Rüsselsheim/Oschersleben. Tens of thousands of Opel fans will once again descend on Oschersleben this weekend to celebrate the iconic Rüsselsheim brand. In addition to beautiful vintage cars and the 120 Years special models, Opel will also present a very special vehicle: the Opel Zafira Life, the fourth generation of the flexible multi-purpose van, will make its German premiere in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. But that’s not all. Opel will also bring another version to the racetrack, which has even more to offer: the “O-Team Zafira Life” concept car. As the name suggests, the car is inspired by the van that transported the crew in the cult US TV action and adventure series of the 1980s.
The “O-Team Zafira Life” – the “O”, of course, stands for Opel – rivals the TV-original in every way: it features big wheels, the front bars and the big aerofoil, while the special colour scheme is bright neon-yellow instead of red. The “O-Team Zafira Life” also makes an acoustic statement: the roaring V8 sound leaves no doubt about this car’s confident attitude. The fans of the iconic brand are likely to be just as enthusiastic as the fans of the TV series.
Spectacular “action” in design, interior layout and technology
The team from Opel Special Vehicles, that usually builds promotional vehicles and show cars, selected the six-seat Zafira Life “medium” with long wheelbase and full equipment as the basis for the “O” version. Its powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine delivers 130kw (177hp) and 400 Nm maximum torque (NEDC fuel consumption1: urban 6.5-6.2 l/100 km, extra-urban 5.4-5.0 l/100 km, combined 5.8-5.4 l/100 km, 151-143 g/km CO2; WLTP fuel consumption2: combined 8.1-7.0 l/100 km, 213-183 g/km CO2). The power is transmitted to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, guaranteeing lots of driving fun! The exterior colour scheme of dark blue, white and neon-yellow (which also sets the tone for the interior) is derived from the much-acclaimed Opel GT X Experimental. The spectacular appearance is rounded off by the matching window decals, the unique, specially made roof spoiler, the front bars and the side-sill extensions.
The sound of the “O Team Zafira Life” is really spine-tingling, as the technical team has built in a sound module with the vocal chords of a V8 petrol engine. A tailpipe in OPC-design was also added underneath the vehicle. An additional amplifier and high-performance loudspeakers transform the interior into a concert hall with 800 watts of system power.
In the action sequences of the TV series, the tough team mastered even the most spectacular stunts and jumps with their vehicle. Of course, the chassis of the “O-Team Zafira Life” concept vehicle is also designed to handle difficult jobs with maximum precision and at top speed: lowered bodywork, air suspension (can be lowered to parking position via remote control), four-piston brakes with 380-millimetre discs in front and 20-inch light-alloy wheels from BBS plus Michelin Cup 2 tyres ensure that the crew has perfect control and optimum traction when on the road.
Thanks to the high-quality interior of Rüsselsheim’s “O-Team Zafira Life”, passengers are relaxed when they arrive at the scene of action: driver and co-driver enjoy the unmistakable performance sports seats from the Insignia GSi(NEDC fuel consumption Opel Insignia GSi 2.0 BiTurbo Diesel with 154 kW/210 hp and eight-speed automatic transmission1: urban 9.6 l/100 km, extra-urban 5.6 l/100 km, combined 7.1 l/100 km, 187-186 g/km CO2; WLTP fuel consumption2: combined 7.8-7.4 l/100 km, 204-193 g/km CO2), in both the second and third rows the crew members will find two rotating “Captain's Chairs”, all upholstered in fine leather and Alcantara.
As spectacular as the show talent of the “O-Team Zafira Life” is – it is not just a show car. All technical changes have been approved by TÜV – so it's quite possible that more “O-Team“ versions will soon be on Germany’s roads. What is certain is that at the sight of this modern version, the boss of the TV series team would light up a big cigar and say: “I love it when a plan comes together“.