Ford is offering the 2013 Focus ST Wagon as an excellent pursuit vehicle to police fleets in the UK. But in other countries around the world, Ford is busy selling the Taurus-based Police Interceptor and the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility. The hot white Focus ST wagon features your typical police plaid livery but it is a one-off car that’s believed to be a legitimate demonstrator.
Ford’s Special Vehicle Preparations group in Essex prepared the ST police wagon to be displayed at a recent trade show. It supposedly complies with all English NPIA standards for “fast response vehicles.” Aside from the LED lighting and checkerboard paint scheme, the police-spec Focus ST isn’t really very different from the regular variety.
A drawer system and divider is built in the cargo hold. In addition, a police computer system and lighting controller were carefully integrated into the dash space formerly used to accommodate the MyFord Touch infotainment system. The Focus ST is powered by the 252-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, which enables the wagon to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in about 6.2 seconds.
Even as Ford hasn’t sold one Focus ST into marked police service yet, it has scheduled several demonstrations with English police forces. This is understandable since the British are known for liking fast Ford pursuit vehicles, ranging from the Lotus Cortina Mk II, the Escort Cosworth RS, Sierra Sapphire Cosworth, and a road-going version of the RS200 rally car (which is a special one-off engagement with the Essex police).
The new and improved Focus ST highlights an interior with a distinctive sporty look, provides sleek, significant, and functional benefits that set the ST apart from the rest of the Focus family models.
The dynamic and sleek profile of this new five-door Focus is combined with unique features such as the rear- as well as the front-end designs, a fortified and outstretched rocker panels and a new set of alloy wheels which are supported by the old Y-spoke ST pattern.
New ST’s Executive Design Director said that the things that made the all-new Ford Focus ST version more distinctive and sportier are the changes the team has made which are set to provide superior aerodynamics and superb performance. Its exciting new language design treatments in the front as well as in the rear give ST a more dynamic and useful character.
It also emphasizes its sporting focus. The sporty look extends as well to the front end where it is very evident in which the lower grilles and twin upper of the car are substituted with a new striking one-piece design. This audacious one-piece accent is also placed higher in the vehicle’s nose to give out the sportiest distinction of Ford’s trademark trapezoidal grille. It also incorporates a distinct hexagonal mesh which is furnished with a strong gloss black furnish.