Crims beware: it’s the Focus ST police car!
Official police patrol vehicle revealed. But which is your favourite Ford cop car?
Posted: 25 Oct 2012
Preparing a bank robbery? Post office hold-up? Grand Theft Auto-style car jacking? Think carefully, sinister comrade, because The Police (the cops, not the band), have just revealed an official patrol vehicle with a 0-62mph time of 6.5 seconds and a 154mph top speed.
It is of course, a Ford Focus ST estate, and one of Top Gear's very favourite cars. It's a one-off demonstrator, built by the fine and upstanding chaps at Ford Special Vehicle Preparations in Essex.
It ticks all the boxes to be considered as an official ‘fast response vehicle', including bits like an LED light bar on the roof, a mobile data terminal on the dashboard, and some cages in the back. Why an ST? Well, we can only assume that The Police enjoy a good bit of torque vectoring and well-sorted chassis pliancy as much as they enjoy chasing down baddies on the run. Plus, the ST's actually quite quick. That's handy in a chase, we're told.
Talk about timing, too. An unmarked Focus ST appeared in The Sweeney not too long ago - featuring a car chase with a little input from Jeremy and Richard, don't forget. Sadly, it won't be available in the Tangerine Scream orange, what with The Police (the cops, not the band) having their own special colour requirements.
Have a click through the pictures, because we've got a little treat for you. Included in the gallery above are classic Ford police cars - stuff like a 2.8 Capri and RS200 - and we want you to tell us which is your favourite. Whichever it is, it's probably a better police vehicle than the ones Jeremy, Richard and James built way back on TG telly...
Picture: 1983 Ford Capri 2.8i police car