2016 Ford Focus RS becomes a police car in the UK

Article by Christian A., on November 29, 2016

Ford recently released a recreation of an iconic image that became well-known three decades ago. The only difference is that while the past photo was a Ford RS200 in full police color stopping a Sierra RS Cosworth, the recreated version has the Focus RS in police regalia pulling over what is clearly the classic RS200.

The original photo was, of course, not a real event but more of the publicity-seeking variety. That time, the RS200 was given the color of the Essex Constabulary. While it has been reported that the model was actually used in police work, official proof has yet to be presented.

The possibility of it being true is rather unlikely considering that since the RS200 was made for Group B rallying, police officers, even the most highly trained ones, would have difficulty getting it to its full potential. The engine, which was made by Cosworth, is a turbo 4-cylinder 1.8-liter unit, which can deliver output of as high as 600 hp under the race trim with the road trim offering power of 200 hp, both impressive figures.

Other features included having very low weight with a small wheelbase and four-wheel-drive system. These combinations meant that the vehicle could run really fast which would more likely surprise many of those used to driving Rover SD1s or the Ford Granadas.

Focus RS, with the V8 Mustang, has been on display in various car shows held this year in the U.K. While there have been suggestions that these two models were being tested for the possibility of using them as patrol cars, the reality is that the V8 Mustang takes in a lot of fuel while for the Focus RS, most of the initial units have already been sold.

Powering the Focus RS is an engine which allows it deliver power of 345 hp and thus, it’s able to reach a maximum speed of 167 mph with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph attained in 4.7 seconds. Clearly this model would leave the diesel-powered BMW units, being used as patrol cars right now, in the dust. In addition to performance, the Focus RS also gives off a rather intimidating look.

Ford has long been considered as the biggest automobile supplier in the U.K. when it comes to police vehicles. Annually, an estimated 1,500 units are being deployed by the police. When it comes to patrolling in city limits, the choice has always been the diesel-powered Focus. In the rural areas, the choice comes down to either the Ranger pickup or the Kuga SUV. Many people though may be more familiar with the Transit Custom van, the very vehicle intended for transporting prisoners.

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