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31st October 2001


Powertrain Ltd, a MG Rover Holdings Ltd company, has today produced the 100,000th specialist KV6 engine at its plant in Longbridge, Birmingham. Demand for the engine continues to grow and this year over 35,000 units will be produced.

The KV6 is an all-alloy 24-valve 6-cylinder quad cam unit, of 2.0- and 2.5-litre capacities, developed from the award-winning K Series 4-cylinder engine. Major brand customers include Rover, where it powers the award-winning 75 and 45, MG in the new ZT and ZS and Land Rover for their all-terrain Freelander. This year Powertrain Ltd engineers have developed new performance derivatives for the engine range with maximum power output reaching 190Ps, with 245Nm of torque.

The K Series lightweight modular construction has recognised motorsport credentials, and made the KV6 the natural choice to power the MG ZS EX259 Touring Cars. The engine was developed for the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) by racing specialists Advanced Engine Research (AER) helping the MG ZS to victory at Brands Hatch earlier this month, in only its third outing.

The recent successful launches of the KV6 engine into the new MG cars range and Rover 75 Tourer plus increased third party sales, has resulted in KV6 production being increased from 900 to 1400 units per week. The next milestone for K Series and Powertrain Ltd will be total output exceeding 2.5 million later in 2002.

Issued by MG Rover Group Communications

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