Ford Focus ST estate takes police role

The timing of this creation seems appropriate given that a hatchback version of the new Focus ST recently featured in the UK crime thriller movie The Sweeney.

While the hatchback used in that film was unmarked, the converted estate model is painted in an overt and full law enforcement livery.

It is a one-off demonstration vehicle which was developed and engineered by at Ford Special Vehicle Preparations (SVP) in Earls Colne, Essex.

The ST estate has been equipped with the same kit as a compact traffic car, which means it features an LED light bar on the roof and a mobile data terminal on the dashboard.

This demo police car has already been demonstrated at the National Association of Police Fleet Managers Conference and the Blue Light Fleet Exhibition in Peterborough.

It’s indeed possible that the Focus ST estate could expand from its simple role of demonstration runs and become a mass-produced member of police forces across the UK.

Like the standard ST range, the police car uses a 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with 247bhp, connected to a six-speed manual gearbox. This allows the estate model to travel from 0-60mph in 6.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 154mph.

The Ford Focus ST is not the first car to be decked out in police colours – the likes of the Vauxhall Astra and Vauxhall Corsa have both had upgrades in the past to take their place on the thin blue line.

The standard non-police Ford Focus ST estate is on the UK market right now starting from £23,095. The Focus ST estate and hatchback range is available from Perrys Ford Dealerships in Aylesbury and High Wycombe.