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5th March 2002


The new MG TF – successor to Britain’s best selling MGF sports car – is currently being launched throughout Europe. Styled by MG Rover Group’s renowned designer Peter Stevens, the TF has evolved from the popular MGF and features a new exterior appearance, an all-new suspension design, higher performance engines and a host of new paint, trim and hood colours.

Key changes include:

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

A number of enhanced customer choice items include new: Four models now give customers a progressive range of performance, power and specification. Designated by numbers close to their power output the four-model range comprises the 1.6-litre TF115, the 1.8-litre TF135, the TF120 Stepspeed sports auto and the range-topping TF160.

The new TF incorporates a number of substantial changes, which include a new suspension design. A completely new suspension utilises coil springs, to produce a responsive and involving set-up. The entire suspension and ABS brake systems have been enhanced and result in a completely enjoyable driving experience.

The launch of the MG TF, nearly six months earlier than anticipated, once again demonstrates MG Rover Group's ability to deliver outstanding products within industry-leading time scales.

In an interesting repeat of history the original MG TF Midget was launched in 1953, during the same period that the company introduced new ZA Magnette saloons. Similarly the latest MG Z saloons – MG ZR, ZS and ZT – have been a great success following their recent introduction.

Rob Oldaker, MG Rover Group’s Product Development Director, continued: “The mid-engined MGF has been a great success and the new TF builds on these strengths to create a car which fully embodies MG’s passion for producing a fun and driver-rewarding road car experience. I truly believe the new MG TF can produce even more exhilaration than its competitors.”

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.

Issued by MG Rover Group Corporate Communications

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