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10th May 2001

Powerful MG Extremes build product Excitement

At the beginning of 2001, the planned launch in summer 2001 of a complete range of MG saloons and roadsters – which include the MGF, MG ZR, MG ZS and ZT – were announced with three trim levels, targeted at people who enjoy sports inspired road cars. These were referred to as the ‘Entry, Core and Ultimate’ models, but there is a fourth – the ‘Extreme’ MGs – and following the world debut of the MG motorsport cars on April 26, MG Rover today (May 10) announces details of its Product Excitement Strategy for MG.

Extreme and Ultimate derivatives of the forthcoming MG saloons and roadsters are the link between the motorsport programmes and the mainstream MG derivatives to be built at Longbridge. All are designed to meet the brief for MG X-Power – to be ‘outrageous fun’ – with some more outrageous than others.


The MG Extremes are one-off vehicles, which are being specially built for demonstration and promotional purposes and they are truly outrageous!

The ‘MGF Extreme’ is first to be revealed and is powered by a 450 horsepower
MG XP20 ‘X Power’ Le Mans engine – and road legal. Under the specially-formed bodywork, suspension components have been modified to embrace this triple expanse in power output from the standard car, with its mid-engine ‘supercar’ layout remaining for obvious dynamic benefits.

Larger wheels, functioning aerodynamic body features – which include front and rear lift reducing body contours, larger side air intakes, lower body side mouldings and bonnet vents – are all part of an Extreme view of the MGF, clearly with influences from the MG Lola Le Mans EX257 race car.

The ‘MG ZT Extreme’ will have even more – 500 horsepower – this time from a large, highly modified V8 engine driving the rear wheels (standard ZTs are front wheel drive, Core ZTs are rear-wheel-drive V8s), again, it is road legal.

MG ZR and ZS Extremes are based closely on the Rally car and Touring race cars respectively, but will have appropriate road-going modifications.

Rob Oldaker, product development director and managing director, MG Sport & Racing, commented: "These Extreme vehicles will see MG bursting sensationally into the highest echelons of the performance car scene, producing cars that have until now only been our wildest dreams – and all part of our MG X Power strategy."

Issued by MG Rover Group Communications & Public Affairs

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