Ford Focus ST From The Sweeney Becomes A Real Police Car
Life Imitates Art.
The all-new Ford Focus ST recently made its cinematic debut in the UK crime thriller The Sweeney.
Having been put through its paces by Flying Squad Detectives Regan and Carter, it's now just about ready for its next starring role.
This time, though, the stakes are higher: True Crime!
You're Under Arrest
Yes, the Ford Focus ST is to be deployed as an official police patrol vehicle.
Unlike the unmarked five-door hot hatchback as used in The Sweeney, though, the official estate version's going to boast the full law enforcement livery.
In Liverpool, we used to refer to them as “jam butties”. I wonder why?
Don't Hold Your Breath
Fans of The Sweeney, though, needn't keep their eyes peeled for a new fleet of crime-fighting Ford Focus ST estates, though. The model pictures above was a one-off demonstrator developed and engineered at Ford Special Vehicle Preparations (SVP) in Essex.
It appeared at the National Association of Police Fleet Managers’ Conference and Blue Light Fleet Exhibition (NAPFM) in Peterborough.
Says Ford's Terry Adams: “With the Ford Focus ST being seen so publicly on cinema screens nationwide, the timing for this ‘official’ version couldn’t be better.
“At the NAPFM show we displayed the car’s crime-fighting talents to police transport managers and took bookings for demonstrations.”
The all-new Ford Focus ST 2.0-litre 250PS EcoBoost engine makes it capable of achieving 0-62 mph in just 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 154 mph.
If you want one, expect to pay from £21,995 for the hatchback and £23,095 for the estate.
Don't hold your breath if you want one in police livery, though. Instead, you'll have to settle for such colours as Tangerine Scream and Spirit Blue.