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5th March 2002
NEW GENERATION MG TF SPORTS CAR
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.”
- Body shape - front, side and rear styling and aerodynamic improvements
- Headlamps incorporate projector and direction indicator 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, 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:
A number of enhanced customer choice items include 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 indicators
- Body monoside with new shape mid-engine air-intakes
- Boot lid with integral aero spoiler and high-mounted LED stop-lamp
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.
- Paint colours, including XPower Grey and Le Mans Green
- Coloured hoods – three new optional colours; blue, grey and green
- Alloy wheels; 16" 11-spoke on TF160 and optional ultra-lightweight design
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.
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