2001 September: X80 prototypes shown.
2001 June, right:
The MGF X-Power 500, first of MG's "extreme"
cars built is one-off demonstrators.
This one is based on the rear engined MGF which normally has
a modest 1.8 litre 4-cylinder motor, but
in this case a 370 (500Ps) unit is fitted
driving a 6-speed sequential gearbox.
The engine is based on the 2001 MG
The track is 4" wider than standard
at the front, 6" wider at the rear.
The car is not for sale; its purpose is to help create a new image for
2001 June: MG announced that it will launch a 4.6-litre V8 sports car, the [X80], in 2002.
2001 May: Two
prototypes are entered in the 2001
Le Mans 24-hour race.
(They retired with mechanical problems.)
This is part of a big push into motor sport by MG.
A new subsidiary `MG Sport & Racing Ltd' has been created
together with a new brand,
2001 March, Geneva: MG Rover revealed the MG ZR hot hatch (right), MG ZS 4-door & hatchback, and MG ZT saloon (below).
The ZR uses the 1.8-litre engine also found in the MGF Trophy 160 SE.
A special model, the Ultimate,
will be based on a works rally car.
The MG ZS is based on the Rover 75 and has a 130 2.5 litre V6. (This sort of grille engineering is what the old BMC used to do to no great effect; let's hope MG Rover does not fall into the old traps.)
The MG ZT (left) uses an "uprated version of the new
Rover 75's [dohc] V6" (145).
It drives a Getrag 5-speed manual gearbox.
The suspension is said to be considerable firmer than that of the Rover 75.
The top model will be
a rear wheel drive (!) 190 V8.
Now that could be a genuine BMW rival
if MG Rover gets it right.
2001 March: The MGF sports car range now includes the 1.8i at 42,270, MGF Steptronic 45,490 (right), and MGF VVC (Variable Valve Control, 107) 49,990 ( 3/2001).
All MGFs have a mid-mounted 1.8 litre 4-cylinder engine,
rear wheel drive and
Hydragas interconnected springs.
gives a choice of automatic or 6 speed sequential manual
The MGF Trophy 160SE (left) is a limited edition (500 world wide) version of the VVC, breathed on the give 117, with an AP racing brake system, and 16" wheels - 54,990.
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