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MG TF GT ?

24 septembre 2003
Auto Express présente en image de synthèse ce que pourrait être une future MG TF GT
24 septembre 2003
Auto Express présente en image de synthèse ce que pourrait être une future MG TF GT

Selon Auto Express, des sources internes à MG Rover ont révélé que des prototypes d’une future MG TF GT ont déjà été créé.

Selon le journal, la voiture bénéfierait d’une rigidité accrue par rapport au roadster (normal wassat ), et la place libérée par l’absence du toit repliable laisserait plus de place pour un plus gros moteur.

Les prix seraient comparables à ceux du Roadster.

Auto Express a l’habitude de faire ce genre de « scoop » basés sur des rumeurs. La photo n’est d’ailleurs qu’une image modifiée.
L’hypothèse d’une version Coupé de la F n’est pas nouvelle. La MGB avait également une version Coupé avec la MGB GT qui avait connu aussi un succès important. Mais contrairement à cette dernière, la TF GT n’ajouterait pas de places arrières… Egalement quid de l’accessibilité du moteur ?

Une chose est sà»re, cette conversion coà»terait peu au groupe qui manque toujours cruellement de moyens et pourrait amener plus de clients vers la TF. Comme d’habitude, on nous promet de plus gros moteurs, plus de puissance, plus de sportivité etc… la marque continue à evoluer contre la tendance. Il est dommage que beaucoup continuent à penser que le plaisir de conduire se mesure au nombre de chevaux.

Discussion sur le forum

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

L’article du MGOC

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

MG TF au Salon de Bruxelles

C’est le 15 janvier 2002 au salon de Bruxelles que fut dévoilée la MG TF aux yeux du public.
C’est le 15 janvier 2002 au salon de Bruxelles que fut dévoilée la MG TF aux yeux du public.

Images de la MG TF au salon de Bruxelles fournies par MG-Rover… et présentée par Melle Sophie Ellis Bextor…

MG ROVER OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

Release immediate January 15, 2002

BRUSSELS SHOW DEBUT FOR NEW MGTF

MG today (15th January) unveiled, for the first time, the new MG TF at the Brussels Motor Show. The MG TF is a fundamental new generation of the MGF, Britain’s best selling sports car and introduces a new exterior appearance, an all-new suspension design, higher performing engines and a host of new paint, interior trim and hood colours.

Launched progressively into world markets from February 2002 with an array of new improvements, the TF is led by its design, feature specification and driver enjoyment. In the UK market, the MGF has been the best selling car in the roadster sector for the last six years and the TF has been evolved to continue this tradition.

The MG styling team, led by the company’s Product Design Director, Peter Stevens, have substantially developed the exterior style and aerodynamic packaging – the two key influencing factors on purchase decision.

The TF carries a sharper, more aggressive and purposeful look, which was honed in both studio and wind tunnel. The improved aerodynamic characteristics play an integral part in the chassis development and maximise the benefits of the new suspension and steering changes.

The TF has a new front bumper, shaped to reduce front-end lift, with a framed lower air intake and the provision for ˜Fogstar’ fog lamps. All-new high-efficiency projector headlamps complete the frontal appearance. At the rear, an integrated effective lip spoiler incorporating a high-mounted stop lamp flows from the rear deck. The TF is lower with a greater dynamic appearance, assisted by its dart-like sill features and crisply-shaped air intakes.

A crucial aspect of the TF’s engineering development was the requirement for a new suspension design. A completely new coil spring suspension and multi-link rear axle replaces the MGFs inter-connected Hydragas system to produces a more responsive and involving set-up, re-engineered to produce a completely enjoyable driving experience. An optional Sports Handling Pack permits greater levels of driver involvement and further improved handling performance.

The MG TF is a new generation of the MGF, that recognises the ˜real world’ affordability and practicality required of a fully-functioning everyday sports car. The modified front and rear subframes are solid-mounted and the new suspension features a 10mm lower stance. This benefits appearance, stability and handling with its lower centre of gravity.

The body structure has been stiffened in crucial areas to produce a 20% more rigid shell, producing an improvement in windscreen header vibration. Steering is now more responsive, with a completely new tune for the speed-sensitive Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS), with a 10% faster geared rack with revised characteristics to give a more progressive steering feel throughout the car’s speed range. On ABS equipped cars, braking distances have been shortened by 10%.

A four-model range provides customers with a spectrum of performance, style, affordability and specification. Designated by numbers closely linked to their power output, the range includes the 1.6-litre TF 115, the well-appointed 1.8-litre TF 135, the TF 120 Stepspeed with multi-function CVT sports auto and the range-topping TF 160 with the legendary Variable Valve Control K Series engine. The TF range spans a 118mph/190kph to 137mph/220kph speed range capability, with improvements to performance, economy and CO2.

New paint colours; XPower Grey and Le Mans Green are available on MG TF, with Trophy Blue and Trophy Yellow now extended to the entire range. TF also introduces three new optional hood colours – in blue, grey and green and new trim fabrics – Sebring and Daytona. Three new interior colours to complement Ash – Tan, Grenadine and Smokestone are available with matching tonneau covers for when the hood is folded. New alloy wheels include an eleven-spoke 16″ design and the option of an ultra-lightweight.

Rob Oldaker, MG Rover Group’s Product Development director, explained: « The MGF has proved to be an amazing success having dominated its sector for the last six-years. The introduction of the new MG TF will enhance this popularity further. I have no doubt that the new TF, with its fresh new design style, new suspension with revised rear linkage geometry and a rich choice of feature specification and colour will produce even more exhilaration and retain MG’s sales pole position. »

The first MG TF built will carry a 0101 VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) suffix, following an MG tradition that has used the last three numbers of the company’s telephone number – Longbridge is 0121 475 2101. Abingdon MGs from 1930 were started at 0251 (Abingdon 251), with MG Magnette ZAs and TF Midgets using a 0501 VIN following the company’s BMC Headquarters in Birmingham having the 1501 telephone number.

Product Summary:

Body shape – front, side and rear styling and aerodynamic improvements

Headlamps incorporate projector and direction indictor lamps

Entirely new suspension for enhanced driver involvement and response;

Multi-link rear axle with precise kinematics control

Coil springs replace the interconnected Hydragas system

Solidly-mounted subframes for improved handling responsiveness

Greater choice of paint colours, interior trims and optional hood colours

Contemporary interior treatment, with new fabrics and revised instrumentation

Higher performance K Series engines

The aggressive and purposeful style of the MG TF is sleeker and sportier, with a lower stance made possible by the inclusion of new:

Front bumper formed for aerodynamic performance with MG grille identity

Larger front grille aperture and MG badge

Rear bumper housing larger exhaust pipes

Headlamp units incorporating projector lamps and direction indicator

Body monoside with new shape mid-engine air-intakes

Boot lid with integral aerodynamic spoiler and high-mounted LED stop-lamp

A number of enhanced customer choice items include new:

Paint colours include XPower Grey and Le Mans Green

Coloured hoods – three new optional colours; blue, grey and green

Alloy wheel designs; 16″ 11-spoke on TF160 and an optional ultra-lightweight

Note to Editors

The new MG TF will replace the current MGF when sales commence in February 2002. Since launch in 1995, 77,000 MGFs have been produced, with over 40,000 UK sales, making it Britain’s best selling sports car over six years.

Contacts:

Kevin Jones: 0121 482 5917 or 07885 288620 (kevin.jones@mg-rover.com)

Greg Allport: 0121 482 5894 or 07740 740445 (greg.allport@mg-rover.com)

Issued by MG Rover Group Communications: 0121 482 5896

Media web site: www.media.mg-rover.com

Test EuroNCAP

La TF est-elle sà»re ?
La MG TF est-elle sà»re ?

Pour le savoir il est utile de regarder les notations des tests EuroNCAP (sur 5 points).

Les tests réalisés en Janvier 2003 sur une MG TF donnent les résultats suivants :

Avec 4 étoiles la protection des passagers peut être jugée comme très bonne.

Le plus remarquable est la notre obtenue en matière de protection des piétons en cas de choc : 3. C’est 2 points de plus que tous ses autres concurrents.

Ce dernier résultat s’explique en partie par la présence centrale du moteur qui a permis notamment de créer une partie avant hautement déformable permettant de bien absorber les chocs frontaux.
Source

Plus de détails

1 500 000ème MG

Le 16 avril 2002 fut produite la 1.500.000 ème MG

C’est le 16 avril que la 1,5 millionième MG fut produite depuis le début de la production en 1924. La voiture est une TF 160 intitulée « Golden Jubilee » pour l’occasion et inclue des logos la différenciant.

Release immediate
April 16, 2002

1.5 MILLIONTH MG IS A GOLDEN JUBILEE SPECIAL

MG Rover announces today (16 April), the building of the 1.5 millionth MG car since production began in 1924. Over its 78-year history many characteristic varieties and designs of MG have made their mark on the enthusiastic motoring public and made this one of the most famous motoring brands. The 1.5 millionth MG produced today is the new TF 160. In celebration of H.M. Queen’s Golden Jubilee, it is fittingly painted in new Monogram Supertallic paint ˜Jubilee’ Gold and finished with special Jubilee badging.

MG has long been the by-word for sports car motoring and over its history, as illustrated in the attached listing, the proportion of roadster and sports saloon models produced runs at exactly 2:1, with the MGB itself accounting for one third in its own right.

In 1977 a similar project produced a specially prepared MGB GT finished in blue paintwork with Silver Jubilee livery, to celebrate the Silver Jubilee. This car was sold, with proceeds raising money for charity.

John Sanders, MG Rover’s group marketing director, said: « The MG marque is one of the most popular and enduring motoring marques, with a strong and enthusiastic following. The exclusivity of the MG experience is demonstrated by the 1.5 million MGs produced. This is no mainstream volume brand, but an authentic car capable of generating a rewarding driving experience for owners who demand more than just mere A-B transportation. The latest MG four model range delivers this exciting experience in a bold and dynamic way and is as authentic in its rewarding driving attitude as those that have been produced over the years. »

1.5 MILLIONTH MG GOLDEN JUBILEE SPECIAL

It is significant that the 1.5 millionth MG should be the new TF, for it is the latest of a new range of MG sports cars and it currently holds the torch as the icon of the MG brand into the 21st Century.

The 1.5 millionth MG Golden Jubilee is painted in a new paint treatment under the Monogram programme. Monogram is a range of 20 exclusive paint colours, one of which is ˜Monogram Jubilee’, a light, bright special Supertallic Gold that is available for an ?800 additional charge.

Specified around the top of the range TF 160, this celebration model has been fitted with optional fog lamps and passenger air bag. The seats are uniquely fitted with Oxford leather seat bolsters and central black Alcantara cushions and seat backs, which are embroidered with the Golden Jubilee crown logo.

On the exterior, exclusive badging includes official Golden Jubilee crown logos – on the four 16″ alloy wheels and also incorporated into the ˜160′ ingot badge on the rear, next to the TF identity badging. Above the mid-engine side-intakes are the words ˜THE 1.5 MILLIONTH MG’. Finally, the MG is registered MG02OTF, so that there is no mistaking its special production significance.

The Golden Jubilee TF will be participating in a motoring cavalcade that finishes in the Mall on 4 June and in between, will be used to raise money, with the proceeds going to one of H.M. Queen’s nominated Golden Jubilee charities.

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.

Opinion 1.8i VVC

1.8i VVC par son conducteur, Sebastien L. smile
J’ai acheté une MGF 1.8l VVC pack, il y a presque 3ans.
Je roule tous les jours avec, pour aller travailler, ou pour partir en vacances.
Sur les trajets urbains (il faut savoir qu’à Rennes les rues de la ville sont continuellement en travaux)les passages de roues ont tendance à venir toucher les pneus à l’arrière. C’est sans doute lié à la hauteur de suspension plus basse sur les versions pack, que sur les modèles « standards ».(si vous savez ce qu’il faut faire pour réhausser un peu la voiture, je suis preneur).
J’ai noté que cette voiture bénificiait d’une « cote sympathie »
impressionnante. En effet je me suis rendu compte que lorsque qu’on est arrêté à un stop, les automobilistes vous laissent plus facillement vous engager……(ça parait idiot, mais je peux vous dire que je n’attends plus aussi longtemps au stop en bas de chez moi).

Sur les grands trajet, je n’ai rein à redire. Je trouve la F confortable, et elle est moins bruyante que certains autres cabriolets.
Le seul problème vient de madame, qui doit faire un choix dans sa garde robe…bah oui c’est pas un break !!!

En conclusion, c’est toujours un grand plaisir pour moi de « descendre » dans cette voiture, et de faire un bout de chemin avec. D’autant que la cote Bretonne ne se trouve qu’à une petite heure de mon domicile, et que contrairement à ce que l’on pourrait croire….
IL FAIT SOUVENT TRES BEAU EN BRETAGNE.

Je finirais en souhaitant bonne route (et bon vent) à tous les passionnés de MG…..allez et même aux autres passionnés d’automobile.

Salut
Sebastien L.

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