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Re-design de la MG ZS

C’est le 8 avril 2004 que fut dévoilé le nouveau design de la MG ZS

MG ZS – A NEW STYLE R-EVOLUTION

An exciting new-look MG ZS is revealed today (April 8). This initial release is made in advance of detail specification and pictures to be communicated on April 20 2004.

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Nouveau visage pour les MG ZT et ZTT

Suite aux récents changements opérés sur la Rover 75 , les MG ZT subissent à leur tour ce re design.


Suite aux récents changements opérés sur la Rover 75 , les MG ZT subissent à leur tour ce re design.

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Presse :

RELEASE IMMEDIATE January 27, 2004

MG’s LATEST ZT RANGE DELIVERS A MODERN PRESENCE AND SPORTS CHARACTER

MG Rover Group announces a revised and more stylish new MG ZT range, for dedicated sports enthusiasts. The range encompasses a choice of modern saloon and estate cars, with in-line 4-cylinder, V6 and V8 engines. New alloy wheel designs, instrumentation, seat fabrics and traffic management systems combine to increase specification, excitement and value of the latest ZT range.

Key visual changes focus naturally on the modernised MG character. The aerodynamic front bumper integrates a new MG radiator grille and new halogen projector headlamps generate a prominent identity. A clean surfaced new rear bumper extends the modern theme, with centrally placed model badging above.

Sales of the MG ZT saloon and ZT-T estate were up 28% in 2003, over 2002.

Rob Oldaker , MG Rover Group’s Product Development Director, commented: œThe MG ZT is an accomplished driving experience range-wide, be it the ZT 120, with its lightweight K Series engine to the 260 V8 with its wonderful soundtrack and awesome 410Nm of torque. The experience is always a thrill. Enthusiasts and determined business individuals will each be inspired by the charismatic dynamics that are available and the new sleeker design that provides a poise of real sporting definition. 

For further information please contact:

Kevin Jones , UK PR Communications Manager

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 482 5917 / +44 (0) 7885 288620, e-mail: kevin.jones@mg-rover.com

Ian O’Brien, UK Product PR Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 482 5905 / +44 (0) 7702 341447, e-mail: ian.obrien@mg-rover.com

A full selection of copyright free images (for editorial purposes only) of the MG ZT/ZT-T are available on the dedicated media website: www.media.mg-rover.com

Exterior design summary

The new ZT design captures a fresh spirit of style, perpetuating a lineage that can be traced from legendary MGs to the latest MG XPower SV super coupe. The stylish, integrated and more prominent MG grille is clearly DNA linked and set between standard fit, new halogen projector headlamps. Driving lamps and directional indicator repeater lamps are positioned low within the front bumper, which carries a profiled aero lip spoiler along its lower edge.

Exterior body and trim change summary

New front bumper style incorporating new MG grille

New style headlamps, with standard fit halogen projector lamps

A new style indicator and side indicator repeater lamps

New lower grilles in front bumper

New ˜centre-line’ badging strategy

Union and chequered flag badging positioned on both ˜D’ posts

190 / V8 badging positioned on front fenders of V6 and 260 models

New range of attractive alloy wheel designs

New clean-edge rear bumper design and lower tailgate profile

Uprated security features, including locking wheel bolts

Increased paint colour range, including new colours

– Black Pearl micatallic

– Firefrost Red micatallic

– Goodwood Green pearlescent

12 New Monogram paint colours in a range of 24 exclusive shades

Interior summary

MG ZT models carry a distinct interior environment, combining body-hugging sports seats and a clear fascia layout, now using a special Technical Grey finish. Black Oak treatment on the fascia and console is a new option, complemented by a Black Oak wood steering wheel. Burr Walnut can also be specified. New instrument graphics are now backlit illuminated in blue.

120, 160, 180 Sports Auto, CDTi and 190 models feature a new ˜ Summit ‘ fabric sports seat. Black leather trimmed sports seats are standard on SE derivatives. Rear passenger entry, egress and accommodation are improved with better foot and knee clearance from re-profiled seat cushions and squabs.

A leather and alloy gearknob , centre armrest with central storage, pollen filter and air conditioning are standard, with TrafficMaster Traffic Alert and TrafficMaster Smartnav navigation a UK model option.

Interior trim and equipment includes:
Sports seats with Summit centre fabric

Sports leather rimmed steering wheel

Leather and alloy finish gearknob

Perforated leather handbrake grip

Technical Grey fascia and console finish

Rear centre armrest

Driver’s seat height and lumbar adjustment

Centre armrest with storage

Rear seat load-though flap

Bright doorsill tread strips

Other key features include:
Sports suspension

Rear lip spoiler (saloon)

Solar controlled rear window glazing

Air conditioning

Pollen filter

Courtesy light ‘wake up’ at unlock

Courtesy light auto on with engine off

Courtesy light off delay

Pathway illumination facility

Accessory socket provision

Standard fit CD tuner

Central door locking, with plip controlled superlocking and opening

Single point entry facility and interior master locking switch

Automatic driveaway secure locking

Perimetric alarm system with passive arming/disarming

Features unique to ZT saloon
One-piece folding rear seat backrest

Double hinged boot lid for wide opening and easy access

Internal electric boot release button

Storage provision in rear centre armrest

Features unique to ZT-T estate
60/40 split folding rear seat backrest

Retractable carrying hooks in loadspace sidewall

Loadspace floor lashing points

Roller blind loadspace cover

Plip unlock of tailgate and tailgate glass

Rear wash-wipe with auto-on in reverse

Illuminated underfloor loadspace compartment

Features unique to ZT/ZT-T 120
17″ 5-spoke alloy wheels with 215/50×17 tyres

Concealed rear exhaust

Features on both ZT/ZT-T
Exhaust cut-out in bumper with heatshield finisher (CDTi/160/180/190)

Twin exhaust with bright tailpipe finishers (CDTi/160/180/190)

18″ ‘Grid Spoke’ alloy wheels with 225/45 ZR18 tyres (CDTi/160/180)

Ventilated rear disc brakes (180/190/260)

18″ ’11 Spoke’ alloy wheels with 225/45 ZR18 tyres (190/260)

Further uprated braking and chassis specification (190/260)

Additional features unique to 260
260Ps 4.6-litre V8 producing 410Nm torque at 4000rpm

Quad exhaust with heatshield finishers in bumper outlets

V8 and 260 ingot badging

Automatic temperature control air conditioning

Instant Tyre Repair system

Volumetric alarm with battery back-up for alarm sounder

‘+’ Pack models – additional features

ATC (automatic temperature control) air conditioning (full climate control with individual front temperature controls and adjustable rear vents)

CD autochanger and radio cassette player (instead of CD tuner)

Electric rear windows

Loadspace safety net (ZT-T only)

SE (Special Equipment) models – additional features
ATC (automatic temperature control) air conditioning (full climate control with individual front temperature controls and adjustable rear vents)

CD autochanger and radio cassette player (instead of CD tuner)

Electric (front and) rear windows

Loadspace safety net (ZT-T)

Front side head airbags (ITS)

18″ ‘Apex’ 10-spoke alloy wheels with shadow finish and 225/45 ZR18 tyres

Highline satellite navigation, trip computer, TV and teletext

Powered glass slide/tilt sunroof with blind and one-shot function

Black leather seat facings, heated front seats with power adjustment

Cruise control

Message centre instruments

Traction Control and heated windscreen washer jets

Auto-dimming rear view mirror

Rain sensing wipe system

Rear parking distance sensors

TrafficMaster Traffic Alert?

Xenon gas discharge headlamps with dynamic levelling and powerwash

For security and peace of mind, Superlocking disables door and tailgate lock releases and sophisticated electronic networks stand ready to trigger the alarm. In a feature combining safety with convenience, the Saloon’s boot can only be opened by the remote control. A robust engine immobiliser and remote control with continuously changing security code complete the anti-theft defences.

Re design de la Rover 75

La Rover 75, base de la MG ZT, fait peau neuve !


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PRESSE :

MORE STYLE, SUBSTANCE AND VALUE FOR NEW ROVER 75 RANGE

MG Rover Group launches a new design style for its highly-regarded Rover 75 Saloon and Tourer models. The design embraces a sharper-edged front and rear exterior appearance, a larger integrated radiator grille, halogen projector headlamps and three distinct trim identities.

The new design style features three distinct trim identities, comprising Classic, Connoisseur and Contemporary, with SE derivatives and additional option packs that offer carefully tailored specifications across all points in the range. The established appeal of the Rover 75 range – with its unrivalled reputation as the definitive luxury premium Upper Medium saloon is further enhanced by the addition of the « Contemporary » derivative theme, providing a younger, more modern interpretation of traditional Rover values. Other features include a selection of new alloy wheel designs and options like Personal Assist – Smartnav? voice navigation and concierge service.

Rod Ramsay, Sales Operations Director, MG Rover Group, says: « These new models build on the established lineage of Rover design and will appeal to a greater cross-section of potential buyers. They offer a choice of distinct interior and exterior design themes to cater for individual taste and preference. »

For further information please contact:

Kevin Jones, UK PR Communications Manager

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 482 5917 / +44 (0) 7885 288620, e-mail: kevin.jones@mg-rover.com

Ian O’Brien, UK Product PR Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 121 482 5905 / +44 (0) 7702 341447, e-mail: ian.obrien@mg-rover.com

A full selection of copyright free images (for editorial purposes only) of the new Rover 75

is available on the dedicated media website: www.media.mg-rover.com

Exterior design summary

The clean lines of the sharper-edged new 75 design capture a fresh spirit of style with a larger and more prominent Rover grille, complemented by a new headlamp design incorporating standard fit halogen projector units.

The style of Rover 75 has been updated to offer cleaner, more progressive lines without jeopardising the integrity of the original design, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cars in the world.

Exterior body and trim change summary

New front bumper style incorporating larger Rover grille

Lower grilles in front bumper

New chrome boot lift handle

New style headlamps, with halogen projectors as standard

A new style indicator and side indicator repeater lamps

New Rover wheel centre badges

New ˜centre-line’ badging strategy

Union flag badging positioned on both ˜D’ posts

V6 badging positioned on front fenders

Comprehensive new range of alloy wheel designs

New rear bumper design

Improved, more responsive steering

Uprated security locking wheel bolts

Increased paint colour range, including new colours

– Tempest Grey metallic

– Cimarron Green metallic

– Black Pearl micatallic

– Firefrost Red pearlescent

12 New Monogram paint colours in a range of 23 exclusive shades

– The ability to specify certain trim items (seat/fascia colour, etc) to personal preference can be made as part of the Monogram option programme

Interior summary

Rover 75 Saloon and Tourer already possess one of the most admired interiors in the motoring world. With the introduction of the Classic, Connoisseur and Contemporary variants this interior is now available in three distinctive identities. In particular, Contemporary models offer an entirely new and progressive interior based around a new black oak wood finish. This provides a distinctive, younger and more continental flavour to the cabin. Full leather seat trim is standard on SE derivatives of both Connoisseur and Contemporary models.

Rear passenger entry, egress and accommodation has been improved with better foot and knee clearance from re-profiled seat cushions and squabs.

Three interiors with individual taste and choice

Classic

The 75’s Classic interior is a comfortable driving environment, creating an air of luxury with traditional Burr Walnut, set in the Ash and Light Smokestone duo-tone fascia. The famously comfortable Rover 75 seats feature upgraded Axis cloth trim, while door casings are now trimmed in high quality Tuscany fabric. Air conditioning is now standard on Classic derivatives, which also offer a CD tuner and leather steering wheel with integral volume controls.

Connoisseur

The Connoisseur trim specification brings a new light, refreshing tone to the Rover 75 fascia with a Light Oak theme. The new Light Oak finish creates a distinguished ambience reminiscent of traditional English oak panelling, an atmosphere which is further enhanced by distinctive seat piping and a choice of Sandstone Beige or Ash combined with light Smokestone interior colourways.

Standard features include fully automatic climate control, and electric front and rear windows.

The Connoisseur SE features a wood and leather steering wheel, wood manual gear knob, piped leather and heated electric seats with the added convenience of memory driver’s setting and reverse parking sensors. To help ensure the interior remains a place of pride, convenient tailored carpet mats are standard.

Contemporary

Taking a fresh direction in Rover 75 styling is the Contemporary variant, where a Black Oak theme sits perfectly with the purposeful environment of Black cloth trimmed sports-style seats and Ash interior. Fully automatic climate control, front fog lamps, a CD tuner and 16″ multi-spoke alloy wheels complete the high specification.

The highly specified Contemporary SE raises the standard equipment to even more impressive levels with attractive 17″ Starspoke alloy wheels, black leather electric seats (with driver’s memory control), windscreen rain sensor, trip computer, parking sensors and a premium Harman/Kardon hi-fi speaker system with amplifier. The innovative TrafficMaster Traffic Alert System provides real time traffic congestion warnings across the UK’s busiest routes. Carefully designed option packs with selected convenience features are available on both the Contemporary and SE derivatives to enhance ownership pleasure.

Security

For security and peace of mind, superlocking disables door and tailgate lock releases and sophisticated electronic networks stand ready to trigger the alarm. Highly convenient ˜plip’ operated remote unlocking of the boot or tailgate is now available on all derivatives, while a robust engine immobiliser and remote control with a continuously changing security code complete the anti-theft defences.

Pricing and options

Rover 75
CO2
VED
FRF
Saloon
Tourer

1.8 Classic
184
?145
?38
?16,995
?17,995

1.8 Connoisseur
184
?145
?38
?18,695
?19,695

1.8 Connoisseur SE
184
?145
?38
?20,595
?21,595

1.8 Contemporary
184
?145
?38
?18,895
?19,895

1.8T Connoisseur
193
?160
?38
?20,195
?21,195

1.8T Connoisseur SE
193
?160
?38
?22,095
?23,095

1.8T Contemporary
193
?160
?38
?20,395
?21,395

1.8T Contemporary SE
193
?160
?38
?22,495
?23,495

2.5 V6 Connoisseur SE
229
?160
?38
?23,495
?24,495

2.5 V6 Contemporary SE
229
?160
?38
?23,895
?24,895

2.0 CDT Classic
163
?135
?38
?18,145
?19,145

2.0 CDTi Connoisseur
163
?135
?38
?20,095
?21,095

2.0 CDTi Connoisseur SE
163
?135
?38
?21,995
?22,995

2.0 CDTi Contemporary
163
?135
?38
?20,295
?21,295

2.0 CDTi Contemporary SE
163
?135
?38
?22,395
?23,395

Key optional extras

5-speed automatic transmission
?1,200

Classic option pack
?750

Connoisseur / Contemporary option pack (1.8 / 1.8T)
?560

Connoisseur / Contemporary option pack (CDTi)
?750

Connoisseur SE option pack (1.8 / 1.8T)
?950

Connoisseur SE option pack (CDTi / V6)
?1,140

Contemporary SE option pack (1.8T)
?1,135

Contemporary SE option pack (CDTi / V6)
?1,325

Black/metallic/pearlescent
?450

Fuel burning heater
?210

17″ Serpent II and Meteor II alloy wheels
?650

Sports suspension with 17″ Starspoke alloy wheels
?925

Sports suspension
?185

CD autochanger
?340

Personal Assist (Smartnav? voice navigation)
?595

Highline navigation
?2,325

Model trim level specification and options

Classic

1.8-litre 120Ps lightweight K Series petrol

2.0-litre 116Ps CDT turbo-diesel

Colour coded leather steering wheel

Halogen projector headlamps

Burr walnut facia

˜Axis’ Ash cloth seat trim

Disc brakes all round, ABS and EBD

Driver and passenger airbags, three rear inertia reel lap and diagonal seat belts

Plip controlled central door superlocking

Configurable drive-away or single-entry point locking

Classic options comprise:

Option pack: 15″ alloy wheels, folding rear seat, rear parking distance sensors, auto dimming rear view mirror, rain sensing wiper system, message centre instruments with trip computer and TrafficMaster Traffic Alert system
CD autochanger
Personal Assist (Smartnav? voice navigation and concierge service)
Connoisseur

Additional features over Classic model include:

1.8-litre 120Ps K Series petrol

1.8T 150Ps turbocharged K Series (auto option)

2.0-litre 131Ps CDTi turbo-diesel (auto option)

16″ seven-spoke alloy wheels

Fully automatic climate control system with pollen filtration

Light Oak style dashboard and console

Front and rear electric windows, with driver’s one-shot up operation

Folding rear seat with load-through (saloon model)

Connoisseur options comprise:

Option pack: ITS (side head impact protection), cruise control (not 1.8 models), rear parking distance sensors, auto dimming rear view mirror, rain sensing wiper system, message centre instruments with trip computer and TrafficMaster Traffic Alert system
CD autochanger
17″ Serpent II alloy wheels
Personal Assist (Smartnav? voice navigation and concierge service)
Connoisseur SE

Additional features over Connoisseur model include:

1.8-litre 120Ps K Series petrol (auto option)

1.8T 150Ps turbocharged K Series (auto option)

2.5-litre 177Ps V6 petrol (auto option)

2.0-litre 131Ps CDTi turbo-diesel (auto option)

16″ forked-spoke alloy wheels

Wood gear knob and leather handbrake grip

Power adjustable, heated leather seats with memory facility

Chrome capped door mirrors

Front fog lamps and rear parking distance sensors

Connoisseur SE options comprise:

Option pack: Electric glass sunroof, electric rear window sunblind (saloon), loadspace restraint net (Tourer), ITS (side head impact protection), cruise control (not 1.8 models), auto dimming rear view mirror, rain sensing wiper system, message centre instruments with trip computer and TrafficMaster Traffic Alert system
CD autochanger
Highline navigation (including TV and teletext)
17″ Serpent II alloy wheels
Personal Assist (Smartnav? voice navigation and concierge service)
Contemporary

Additional features over Classic model include:

1.8-litre 120Ps K Series petrol

1.8T 150Ps turbocharged K Series (auto option)

2.0-litre 131Ps CDTi turbo-diesel (auto option)

16″ Multi-spoke alloy wheels

Black Oak style dashboard and console

Fully automatic climate control system with pollen filtration

Summit cloth trim with contrasting borders and Ash interior

Sports style seats and leather gearknob

Front and rear electric windows, with driver’s one-shot up operation

Front fog lamps

Black side window surrounds

Body-coloured waist finishers and door mirrors with hallmark chrome sill strip

Contemporary options comprise:

Option pack: ITS (side head impact protection), cruise control (not 1.8 models), rear parking distance sensors, auto dimming rear view mirror, rain sensing wiper system, message centre instruments with trip computer and TrafficMaster Traffic Alert system
Sports handling pack: 17″ Starspoke alloy wheels with sports suspension
CD autochanger
17″ Meteor II alloy wheels
Personal Assist (Smartnav? voice navigation and concierge service)
Contemporary SE

Additional features over Contemporary model include:

1.8T 150Ps turbocharged K Series (auto option)

2.5-litre 177Ps V6 petrol (auto option)

2.0-litre 131Ps CDTi turbo-diesel (auto option)

17″ Starspoke alloy wheels

Harman/Kardon? 180W premium amp/speaker system

M3-100 premium CD tuner (with MP3 facility)

CD autochanger (six-disc capacity)

Black leather seat trim

Powered adjustment and heated front seats

Rear parking distance sensors

Rain sensing wiper system

Trip computer

Sortie officielle de la MG ZT 260

« THE RETURN OF THE PRACTICAL BRITISH MUSCLE CAR »
MG Rover Group a annoncé le 23 septembre 2003 la sortie de la MG ZT 260 V8. Cette propulsion (la ZT « normale » est une traction !) sera disponible en version berline et break. Le moteur, un V8 de 4,6l fournira 260cv et un énorme couple de 410Nm. Le prix de base est de ?27,995 (40388 ‚¬)

Extérieurement, uniquement des détails distinguent cette ZT des versions moins puissantes, malgrès les profonds changements mécaniques.

Le moteur est d’origine Ford, il est notamment utilisé sur la Ford Mustang outre Atlantique. Des modifications ont été effectuées au niveau de l’admission, des échappements (sortie X4) et des émissions afin de s’adapter au marché Européen.

La boîte de vitesse est une Tremec TR3650 à 5 vitesses, manuelle, fabriquée en Amérique du Nord. Elle a été modifiée de manière importante pour le marché Européen

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SPECS (en Anglais pour l’instant) :
ZT 260 V8 – Product specification

ATC air conditioning

Electric front windows and heated door mirrors

Front fog lamps

Leather steering wheel and gear knob

ABS

Driver, passenger and side (thorax) airbags

18  ˜Straights’ multi-spoke alloys with 225/45 ZR18 tyres

CD tuner

Lip spoiler (on ZT saloon)

Thatcham Category 1* approved alarm immobiliser system

ZT 260 SE models include the following additional features:

High-line satellite navigation

Teletext equipped TV tuner

Side head impact protection (ITS) for front seats

18  ˜Apex’ 10-blade alloy wheels

A choice of ˜lip’ or ˜wing’ boot lid spoiler (on ZT saloon)

Moveable load restraint net cassette system (on ZT-T estate)

Xenon lights

CD autochanger

Trip computer

Electro chromatic self-dimming rear view mirror

Rain sensor

Electric front seats

Black leather seat trim

Parking distance control

Electric sunroof

*Subject to final approval

Pricing and Competition

The range is launched in both ZT saloon and ZT-T estate models and is available in two trim specifications. The MG ZT 260 V8 starts from an on-the-road price of ?27,995, with the higher specified SE model ?32,750 OTR. MG ZT-T 260 V8 estate models start from ?28,995 OTR.

With its large displacement engine offering 410Nm of torque, its rewarding driving experience and excellent feature specification, the ZT 260 V8 will attract buyers from established premium sports saloons such as the BMW 330i, Jaguar
X-TYPE 3.0 and Volvo S60 T5.

CO2 (g/km)
Retail Price
VED
First Reg. Fee
OTR Price

ZT 260 V8
314
?27,810
?160
?25
?27,995

ZT 260 V8 SE
314
?32,565
?160
?25
?32,750

ZT-T 260 V8
314
?28,810
?160
?25
?28,995

ZT-T 260 V8 SE
314
?33,565
?160
?25
?33,750

The ZT 260 will initially be offered first in the UK, then progressively across export markets.

Options and Accessories

ZT 260 shares the wide range of options and accessories available across other ZT models, with the addition of an optional, factory-approved ˜Trackstar’ (stolen vehicle tracking) system available to supplement the ZT 260 V8’s sophisticated, standard fit theft prevention systems.

MG ZT / ZT-T 260 V8

Technical specification and performance

ZT 260 ZT-T 260

Engine 4.6-litre V8 4.6-litre V8

SOHC, 2V SOHC, 2V

Fuel Sequential multipoint electronic fuel injection

Max power kW 191 191

Ps 260 260

@ engine speed rpm 5000 5000

Max torque Nm 410 410

lb.ft 302 302

@ engine speed rpm 4000 4000

Max ‘red-line’ speed rpm 6000 6000

Cd 0.33 0.35

CdA m2 0.72 0.75

Unladen weight kg 1680-1770 1740-1835

Transmission Five-speed manual Five-speed manual

Final drive ratio 3.46:1 3.46:1

Wheels/tyres front/rear 7.5J 225/45 ZR18 7.5J 225/45 ZR18

Gearing

Final drive ratio 3.460 3.460

5th 0.730 0.730

4th 1.000 1.000

3rd 1.330 1.330

2nd 1.990 1.990

1st 3.370 3.370

Reverse 3.615 3.615

Overall gearing /1000rpm

5th mph (km/h) 29.7 (47.7) 29.7 (47.7)

4th 21.6 (34.8) 21.6 (34.8)

3rd 16.3 (26.2) 16.3 (26.2)

2nd 10.9 (17.5) 10.9 (17.5)

1st 6.4 (10.3) 6.4 (10.3)

Performance
Max speed (limited) mph (km/h) 155 (250) 155 (250)

Engine speed @ Max rpm 5190 5110

0 – 60mph secs 6.2 6.3

0 – 100km/h secs 6.6 6.7

0 – 100mph secs 16.3 16.8

0 – 1/4 mile secs 14.9 15.0

0 – 1000m secs 26.9 27.1

30-50mph (4th gear) secs 5.5 5.7

50-70mph (4th gear) secs 5.5 5.7

80-120km/h (4th gear) secs 6.9 7.1

Maximum speed in gears

5th mph (km/h) 155 (250) 155 (250)

4th 130 (209) 130 (209)

3rd 98 (157) 98 (157)

2nd 65 (105) 65 (105)

1st 39 (62) 39 (62)

Fuel economy (Directive 99/100/EC)

Urban mpg (l/100km) 15.8 (17.9) 15.8 (17.9)

Extra-Urban mpg (l/100km) 27.2 (10.4) 27.2 (10.4)

Combined mpg (l/100km) 21.5 (13.2) 21.5 (13.2)

CO2 g/km 314 314

Provisional insurance group rating 18P 18P

Photos ZR Tuning

Lors d’un reportage TV sur le tuning, Daniel de Bruxelles a découvert cette… chose wassat
Voici donc une… ZR (remarquez l’oubli de « MG »…)

Qu’on aime ou pas, on ne peut que respecter la qualité et la quantité de travail sur cette… ZR

On serait intéressé d’avoir les explications du propriétaire…

Merci Daniel pour ces photos.

Nouveau record pour MG

MG a fait une demande au Guiness des records pour homologuer le record de vitesse battu par le break ZT-T (nom de code X15) qui a atteint 360,9 km/h à Bonneville sur le lac salé USA.

– NEWS EN ANGLAIS –
MG ZT-T TOPS 225 MPH AT BONNEVILLE SPEED WEEK

¦ MG IN LINE FOR A GUINNESS WORLD RECORD

MG Rover Group has applied to the Guinness World Records for the World’s Fastest Estate car / Station Wagon record. The MG ZT-T, codenamed X-15, reached a top speed of 225.609 mph (360.9 km/h) at the August 2003, 55th annual Bonneville Speed Week Nationals, on the Salt Flats in Utah, USA.

In 2002 Nick Stephenson, deputy chairman of Phoenix Venture Holdings, himself an accomplished drag racer in the UK, together with MG Rover design director Peter Stevens, of McLaren F1 fame, decided to build a 200 mph estate derived from the forthcoming MG ZT-T V8.

Their reasoning was four-fold: to leverage MG’s illustrious Bonneville history which dates back to 1951 and a string of records; to demonstrate the fundamental qualities of strength and safety inherent in the MG ZT range; to halo the introduction of some exciting new V8-powered MG models and to support engine development work for the planned ultra high performance versions of MG’s XPower SV sports car.

« This is not just about setting world records, this is about testing MG’s vehicles to their limits, in some of the most extreme conditions you can find in the world. The added challenges of meeting strict technical and safety regulations which are set by the Southern California Timing Association make our achievement of 225.609 mph with a virtually stock MG ZT-T all the more satisfying, » says Peter Stevens.

MG can trace its land speed racing roots back to the early 1930s and its Bonneville roots back to 1951 when Lt. Col AT ‘Goldie’ Gardner ran a streamliner powered by a crank-driven supercharged production 1250 cc 4-cylinder MG TD engine. Goldie planned an assault on numerous records, both in a straight line and around a specially surfaced 10-mile circular course. Despite rain cutting short the attempts, at the end of the week he had accumulated a total of 16 records with a fastest run slightly over 145 mph.

Famous names such as Stirling Moss and Phil Hill have set records driving for MG in the harsh and challenging environment of the Utah salt desert. Daily temperatures of more than 100 degF/38 deg C, the high altitude and the low grip surface of the smooth salt have always meant that high-speed record breaking at Bonneville is never easy.

So in 2002, MG Rover approached the legendary, California-based, So-Cal Speed Shop to build and run the car. Custom car specialists So-Cal are professional land speed racers, well known for their Bonneville achievements in the late-forties and early-fifties.

Roush Performance was chosen for the powertrain development and they delivered an awesome 6.0-litre V8 with electronic fuel injection that develops 765 horsepower without the aid of an intercooler, let alone a blower or turbo. More than enough, it was felt, to propel the ZT-T to its goal of 200 mph.

Initial testing of the car in May and June of this year at El Mirage Dry Lake indicated that the goal was, in fact, achievable. On its very first official « shakedown » pass the ZT-T ran 164 mph. The following month, now with sponsorship from Mobil 1, the car made a licensing pass at 181.521 mph.

New vehicles which are running for the first time at Bonneville are required to run on the short course at a speed of more than 175 mph, before being allowed to run on the long course where speeds are measured at three, four and five mile markers as well as the terminal speed.

A further two miles are available for slowing the cars. Cars running at over 185 mph are required to fit speed reducing parachutes. These ‘chutes safely slow the cars in a stable manner to around 100 mph after which the brakes are used to stop at the seven mile marker.

In August, the So-Cal Racing Team accompanied by Nick, Peter, and the Roush crew made the 700-plus mile trek to Bonneville where the car was so « on target » it was almost an anticlimax as driver, Bonneville veteran Pat Kinne clicked off a licensing pass of 207 mph on the Bonneville ˜short course’, backed up with a blistering 223 mph pass on the long course. Some minor pitch-attitude tweaking saw the ZT-T make a final run at 225.609 mph (306.9 km/h).

« Bonneville and record breaking is a very important part of MG history, » says Nick Stephenson. « 225 mph with our ZT-T is part of our future, because it signals the direction for further high performance models. »

« Having the ratification for a world record would be the icing on the cake, » said So-Cal President Pete Chapouris, « However, regardless of that record, we are totally ecstatic with the performance of the MG ZT-T which exceeded our goal of a 200 mph estate by a comfortable margin. »

« We were completely thrilled, » said Peter Stevens. « We had high hopes that the X-15 would perform as predicted, but in a competitive situation, exaggerated by the extremely harsh environment of Bonneville, you can never be certain. Not only are we tremendously pleased with the outright achievement, but that this form of extreme performance testing has demonstrated the capability of future powertrain and chassis developments. »

Note to Editors:

Speed limit 1000 mph

There are few places left on earth where the unabashed pursuit of speed is tolerated. But at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA, such behaviour is actively encouraged. The speed limit here is 1000 mph. Although cars have been driven at their limit for more than 80 years on the salt, for the last 40 years or so, hot rodders, speed enthusiasts and professional teams, intent on pushing the limits of their equipment, have met for the Southern California Timing Association’s Bonneville Speed Week. Here, attempts on the World Land Speed Record are made, as well as on many other speed records, by both individuals and major automotive manufacturers. Land speed records of all kinds have been made, and smashed, year after year, in the single minded pursuit of speed.

Sponsorship thanks go to MG Sport and Racing and Exxon Mobil.

For further information please contact:

Kevin Jones, UK PR Communications Manager

Telephone: +44 (0)121 482 5917 / +44 (0)7885 288620, e-mail: kevin.jones@mg-rover.com

Tim King, PR Manager, MG Sport & Racing

Telephone: +44 (0)121 482 5896 / +44 (0)077344 01133, e-mail: tim.king@mg-rover.com

Tony Thacker, e-mail: SCalSpeed@aol.com

Tom Albert, e-mail: TFALBE@Roushind.com

Issued by Group Public Affairs, Phoenix Venture Holdings: +44 (0)121 482 5935 / fax: +44 (0)121 482 6165

Media website: www.media.mg-rover.com for all information and copyright free images (for editorial purposes only).

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The 225.609 mph Bonneville MG ZT-T V8

Design: MG Sport and Racing and the So-Cal Speed Shop

Build: So-Cal Speed Shop

Modifications:

Standard MG ZT-T estate body shell

Full SCTA/BNI spec roll cage

Gas tank relocated to the safety of the rear of the vehicle

Custom transmission tunnel

3 x Flame Out fire systems

Custom subframe incorporating Morrison cross-member, struts, A-arms and
modified Flaming River rack and pinion steering

Morrison ladder bars

Wilwood discs and hubs

Aldan Eagle coil-over shocks

Powertrain:

6.0-litre electronic fuel injected, Ford SVO motor by Roush Racing

Approximately 765 horsepower

Headers by John West Fabrications

Dry sump oil system

Carbon fibre intake manifold

K&N air filter

Fuel management by EFI

Data acquisition by PI Systems

Roush water pump

Meziere electric water pump

Weldon fuel pump

Lakewood scattershield modified by Roush

Quarter Master starter
8-inch Quarter Master clutch

Jerico 5-speed manual transmission

Winters heavy duty Champ quick change

11-inch Currie drums

Taylor Made wheels: 15×4.5 front, 15×5.0 rear

Goodyear Eagle land speed tyres: 25×4.5×15 front, 28×4.5×15 rear

Custom built exhaust

Mobil fuel and lubricants

Accessories

Autometer instruments

Jaz race seats

DJ harnesses and window nets

Chute Metal Race Products parachute







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