Car reviews - MG - ZT - 260 V8 sedan
MG sends a best-of-British V8 to the land of Holden and Ford bent eights
7 Oct 2004
THIS sort of thing doesn’t happen very often in the car industry.
A car-maker keen to enhance its image as a maker of performance-oriented machines is inhibited by front-drive engine packaging. Solution: convert the whole thing to a rear-drive configuration and source a suitably powerful V8 from another manufacturer.
This, in essence, is what MG Rover has done with the understated but dramatically engineered ZT 260. And the British engineers have done a good job, producing a car with no flaws in its ability to deliver power, as well as a nicely balanced chassis designed to appeal to the enthusiast.
If there’s a problem, it’s that hot V8 sedans are pretty common in Australia, and that signs of British inattention to build quality tend to show through in niggling ways.
Model release date: 1 August 2004 to 1 June 2005
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