Optare Tempo

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Optare Tempo
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Transdev Yellow Buses Optare Tempo in
Christchurch in May 2009
Arriva Buses Wales Optare Tempo interior
Manufacturer Optare
Production 2004-2011 (Tempo)
2011-present (Tempo SR)
Body and chassis
Doors 1, 2 or 3
Floor type Low floor
Chassis Integral
Engine Cummins
Mercedes-Benz OM906LA
Capacity 35-47 seated
Transmission Allison
Length 10.57-12.61 metres
Width 2.50 metres
Height 3.03 metres
Predecessor Optare Excel

The Optare Tempo is a full-size rigid single-deck bus manufactured by Optare and was launched in late 2004. It is marketed and sold as the replacement for the Optare Excel. It is designed as a lightweight bus, to use less fuel than traditional heavy duty integral rigids. As at March 2016, approximately 230 had been completed.[1]


Rear of a Tempo, operated by Transdev Yellow Buses in Bournemouth.

The Optare Tempo was launched in October 2004, with the first delivered to Trentbarton in February 2005. It came in four different lengths: 10.6, 11.3, 12.0 and 12.6 metres and it has a raised roofline in the middle continuously to the rear roof spoiler instead of an arched top.[2]

It was originally powered by a Mercedes-Benz OM906LA engine, with a MAN engine option later introduced, coupled to an Allison or ZF automatic transmission. In 2007, a hybrid version was introduced for London operators. The Optare Tempo has stopped production and got replaced with the Optare Tempo SR.[3]

Tempo SR[edit]

In October 2011, a restyled version was launched as the Tempo SR.[4] The Tempo SR came in three different lengths: 10.6, 11.3 and 12.0 metres and incorporated a Mercedes-Benz OM906 six-cylinder 210 kW (282 bhp) SCR engine (the MAN engine option being dropped). ZF 6HP500* six-speed transmission could be specified as an alternative to the standard Allison T310R gearbox – both of which feature integral retarders.


United Kingdom[edit]

Arrva, FirstGroup, Go-Ahead Group, Stagecoach Group and Transdev Blazefield all have all been purchasers. It has been operated by Transport for London operators East London, London United and Metroline.[1]


One left hand drive Optare Tempo was exported to Kiel, Germany in 2007, but it was taken out of service shortly afterwards.[5]


In Australia, Tempos have been purchased by Carbridge and Park Ridge Transit.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ a b Optare Tempo Bus Lists on the Web
  2. ^ Optare's Tempo single-deck unveiled Bus & Coach Professional 30 September 2004
  3. ^ Hybrid Tempo confirmed for 2007 Bus & Coach Professional 17 January 2007
  4. ^ Optare's new Tempo SR sets the standard for style, weight and fuel efficiency Optare 5 October 2011
  5. ^ Optate Tempo Left Hand Drive Bus Lists on the Web
  6. ^ Three-door Optare Tempo Australasian Bus & Coach 11 September 2014
  7. ^ Carbridge Australian Bus Fleet Lists
  8. ^ Park Ridge Transit Australian Bus Fleet Lists

External links[edit]

Media related to Optare Tempo at Wikimedia Commons