Seventies TV classic The Sweeney is being remade for the big screen – and it will see maverick cop Jack Regan chasing crooks in a Ford Focus ST, instead of the Granada from the original.
The super hot hatch should help maintain the hard-nosed reputation of Regan, who coined the phrase “Shut it you slaaaag!” as he read armed robbers the riot act. He’s being played by Cockney tough guy Ray Winstone in the movie version.
The new Focus ST, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last month, is the firm’s hottest Focus yet. So expect to see some spectacular on-screen stunts, courtesy of the ST’s fiery 247bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine.
With an anticipated 0-60mph sprint time of just six seconds, it should be more than a match for the getaway cars being chased by the Flying Squad.
Ford’s strong link with the seventies Sweeney TV series saw Regan and George Carter (being played in the film by rapper Ben Drew, aka Plan B) using a string of Ford Granadas, Consuls and Cortinas.
Last month, six early-build Focus ST models – all black – were secretly delivered to The Sweeney set, joining Ford Mondeos, Galaxys and Transits for use as unmarked vehicles.
Sweeney Director and co-writer Nick Love, whose credits include The Football Factory and The Firm, said: “It was important for me to collaborate with Ford on The Sweeney as their legacy with the original TV show is so strong.”
The ST goes on sale in the UK next summer, ahead of the film premiere in the autumn.