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The aim of the PANTHER 8x8 redevelopment project was to gear the vehicles design and engineering to airport fire brigades future requirements. The focus was placed on ergonomics, safety, modern materials, high-performance fire-fighting systems, adaptation to new environmental regulations and dynamic design. Rosenbauer has used a vigorous styling language here to stress such attributes as reliability, safety, power and dynamism.
The 8x8 model will be based on the new 1000HP rear-engined MAN chassis with an Allison automatic transmission. The cab has a panoramic windscreen made of safety glass, and completely transparent doors. The front and side panes extend a long way up and down, giving the driver an unobstructed wide-angle view of his surroundings. The electric swing-forward doors close automatically at a speed of 5 km/h.