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UK police remember the Ford RS200 days, try Focus RS

November 26, 2016

Police in the UK are the latest recipients of one of our favourite hot hatches, the all-but sold out Ford Focus RS.

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The loan from Ford marks 30 years since the brand offered up a RS200 for active duty, which they took a staged photograph of the RS200 in police livery pulling over a Ford Sierra Cosworth in the exact same location.

The image has become part of automotive folklore, considering the desirability of both the vehicles pictured, in particular the absolutely-maniacal RS200.

Funnily enough, Ford and the UK police recreated the photograph almost identically with a modern-day version of the Focus RS pulling over the RS200.

Even if this Focus RS doesn’t get the chance to stretch its legs in a high-speed pursuit, we’re glad Ford and the UK police have had a sense of humour about all of this.

The Ford Focus RS is powered by a turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine producing 257kW and 440Nm, 470Nm with the overboost system engaged. Power is sent to all four wheels. This translates to a brisk 0-100km/h run in 4.7 seconds, onto a top speed of 266km/h.

Ford is already one of the biggest vehicle suppliers for UK police forces, producing 1500 models each year for active duty. Most of these however aren’t fire-breathing hot hatches with drift modes, like the Focus RS. Instead, popular offerings include the Focus diesel variant, Kuga SUV and Ranger ute, and ever-popular Transit van.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.