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New Ford Focus RS Being Evaluated By UK Police For Use As Pursuit Vehicle

Police in the UK have been lent a new Ford Focus RS hot hatch for evaluation as a possible pursuit vehicle, according to Classic & Performance Car, and we have to imagine that law enforcement officers all across the US are absolutely green with envy.

The new Ford Focus RS has a number of features going for it that could make it suitable for use as a pursuit vehicle; 350 horsepower and all-wheel drive spring readily to mind. And, unlike the mid-engined Ford RS200 rally car that UK police tested in the 1980s as part of a splendid publicity stunt, the Focus RS has rear seats.

Like that car, the 2016+ Ford Focus RS can make the sprint to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

Police Ford RS200 pulls over a Sierra RS Cosworth

When the officer administering your ticket is more racer than you’ll ever be.

In truth, this new trial is likely little more than another publicity stunt. Ford even went so far as to recreate a classic photograph from the police’s 1986 test of the RS200, with that car filling in for the Sierra RS Cosworth in the original photo, and a police-liveried Focus RS filling in for it. Still, we rather like the thought of UK law enforcement officers being able to engage “Drift” mode on a whim and have some fun on the job.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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