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by Andrei Tutu, 16th December 2015

Last time we checked, prototype vehicles weren’t used as police cars, but, as you can see in the image above, Ford engineers have a different view on the matter.

Yes, you are looking at a development vehicle for the 2016 Focus RS that has “Police” written on its front doors, or at least on the driver's door. The spelling you see here comes from Sweden, where the prototype is being tested these days.

Our spy photographers have spotted the car yesterday morning, with the law enforcement-branded hot hatch going for an early, high-octane breakfast.

The vehicle is testing at the Continental facility in Arvidsjaur, a location that welcomes many manufacturers when developing new models. Sure, impersonating a police car is obviously against the law, but perhaps this is a piece of trolling used inside the test center.

Come to think of it, not spending too much time on public roads means this Focus RS can probably get away with these misleading white stickers.

While answering a question with another question is not exactly polite, we’ll go down this road for now. Having discussed the police shenanigan, we can’t help but wonder why the Blue Oval is still testing the Focus RS.

We know from our spyshots, as well as from Ford’s documentary that the vehicle has already gone through an extensive development process. The Focus RS, which is also headed Stateside, is scheduled to land in dealerships in Spring 2016, so we might be dealing with something else instead of the “final tweaking” here.

Perhaps Ford has already started working on a special version of the RS. With the standard car now delivering 350 hp and matching the output of the previous generation’s RS500 special, we can’t wait to see what happen next.

P.S.: Remember kids, don’t try playing with this kind of stickers at home!

Did Ford Turn a 2016 Focus RS Prototype into a Police Car?
 

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Well mine will be black now and I will put POLIS on the side lol
 

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Maybe police wanted to see how much the dynamic torque vectoring would help them with poor road conditions. Perhaps Ford has plans to move the tech to the police cars, but are using the RS as the test of it meeting their needs before integrating the hardware into the chassis they normally use for police cars there. The RS has passed the testing for consumer release, but there are other markets that require additional testing. I for one would not be upset to see some RS fleet model for police or such. Just means more support years to come from Ford.
 

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I honestly don't think I'd mind getting pulled over by an officer of the law driving an RS. Could make for a lovely conversation (which is not par the course for my usual encounters with highway law enforcement).
 

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I too think the so called testing is for them to evaluate the RS for their needs. Not uncommon for the men n blue to use HP vehicles in small numbers. When I moved to DFW in '86, the Richardson Police had 6 Volvo 240 Turbos in there fleet, while working at the Volvo dealership, had the opportunity to see the abuse they put them through.
 

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Maybe it is just me, but the wheels in the picture have a resemblance to the carbon wheels from the GT350R.
I'm seeing the seven spoke wheel now.




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All a part of the Snowkhana 4: Ho Ho Hokhana video.
 
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