Optare's Tempo single-deck unveiled
OPTARE unveiled its long-awaited new single-deck bus last week along with the announcement of an order for six of the new model by Trentbarton. The Tempo is available in four lengths from 10.6m to 12.6m with seating capacity from 34 to 42. The integral-built 17tonne GVW single-deck combines heavy duty components with low operating costs, according to Optare, and has interior noise-reduction treatment. Optare says that its tests demonstrate that the Tempo is up to 5dBa quieter at 40mph than rival products.
“This new bus arrives at a time when our industry is under real pressure,” says Optare group managing director Bob Coombes. “Never has it been more in need of clever, innovative products able to deliver.”
The Tempo has a standard Mercedes 240bhp OM906LA with the option of a 275bhp version of the same engine. Standard transmission is the ZF 6HP500 Ecomat 2 with all six gears used – the Allison T310R is an alternative option.
Optare has deployed a similar interior styling to that used in the Solo and the driver’s cab layout also bears much resemblance to its smaller sibling. A special acoustic panelling has been used in the interior roof plus additional engine bay sound insulation to improve the travelling environment for passengers.
“In Tempo we have developed a dazzling new product,” says Optare technical director Glenn Saint, “which combines heavy duty chassis components with low unladen weight to deliver class leading fuel economy and low interior noise for outstanding passenger comfort together with reduced maintenance components for improved reliability and lower operating costs.”
Following a series of customer presentations, the vehicle is undergoing further testing at the Millbrook Proving Ground. The model will be built at Optare’s Leeds factory leading to the possible transfer of more Solo production from Leeds to Rotherham.
Trentbarton is taking six of the 12m Tempos with the vehicles due for delivery in January 2005.