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Police put Ford Focus RS to the test

Thursday 24 November 2016, By Autovolo

Police put Ford Focus RS to the test

Police put Ford Focus RS to the test

The police have been testing out a possible new addition to their fleet of vehicles – the ballistic Ford Focus RS.

In tribute to a PR stunt from 1986 where a police-specification Ford RS200 “pulled over” baddies in a Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, the same has now been done with the Focus RS police car and the classic RS200.

Ford even made the effort to issue a new press release that was practically a carbon copy of the ‘80s one, using similar wording and quotations, although with the RS200 swapped out for the Focus RS.

While the new press release may be a bit tongue-in-cheek, five unidentified police forces around the UK have been testing the Focus RS in real life. It has also been used by police from the Isle of Man, West Mercia and Greater Manchester to support road safety events and public displays.

The Focus RS utilises a 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 345bhp. As the copycat press release puts it: “The £31,250, four-wheel-drive, front-engined hyper hatch reaches 60mph from a standing start in under five seconds.” Incredibly similar wording was used to describe the RS200 that was being “tested” by police back in the 1986 statement.

The chances we’ll see many examples of the Focus RS joining police fleets in the UK are slim, due to their limited numbers, although Terry Adams, Ford’s police sales manager, said: “Until they have tried it we won’t know whether it meets any specialist need.”