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MG TF, 2002


TF A reworking of the 1995 MGF two-seater, the TF did away with its predecessor’s Hydragas suspension, in favor of steel springs. It was restyled and given a variety of design upgrades. Engines ranged in power from 114 bhp 1,598 cc to 160 bhp 1,796 cc with variable valve timing. Most were five-speed manuals, but some had six-speed, CVT self-shifting transmissions. It was the UK’s best-selling sports car, and to date the last open-top two-seater to wear an MG badge.

Engine1,796 cc, straight-four
Top speed137 mph (220 km/h)

The TF offered affordable open-top motoring and sporty handling. With a gutsy engine, attractive styling, it was a classy car.

MG ZT260, 2003


ZT260 Not your typical MG sports car, the ZT260 was a Rover 75-based model offered in both saloon and estate versions. Re-engineered from front- to rear-wheel-drive, it was fitted with a Ford Mustang 4.6-liter, V8 petrol engine and a hefty-but-effective 5-speed manual gearbox (some autos were also built). The few cars that were made had instant collector appeal. Plans for an even quicker supercharged version were never realized thanks to MG Rover’s collapse.

Engine4,600 cc, V8
Top speed155 mph (250 km/h)

With fully independent suspension all-round and more power than any other MG, the ZT260 was a real wolf in sheep’s clothing.


It is a quote. The Classic Car Book – The Definitive Visual History 2016

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