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MG ZT 260

MG Rover Group has launched the V8 powered MG ZT 260 V8.  The rear-wheel drive vehicle, available in ZT saloon and ZT-T estate car, powered by a 260bhp 4.6-litre V8 engine and with an awesome 410Nm of torque to deliver class-leading acceleration, is now available for customer order in the UK.  With an on-the-road price starting at £27,995, the ZT 260 offers an unbeatable combination of price and performance.

Rob Oldaker, MG Rover Group’s Product Development Director, commented: “The MG ZT 260 V8 demonstrates our commitment to deliver cars of true pedigree and character.  This is a truly rewarding car to drive.  Our choice of a big, torquey engine has been vindicated as this is a deceptively quick and efficient cross-country car. The more you drive it, the more you appreciate its unique ‘muscle car’ character that flies in the face of our competitors’ trend towards buzzy high-revving engines.

“Its introduction means MG now has the broadest range in its 80-year history.  The new V8 heralds the return of the practical British muscle car, and as an MG it’s obviously great value too.”



The Rover V8, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show (2004), is now available to order, combining impressive levels of performance and high specification with a competitive price that starts from £31,995. Available in either Connoisseur SE or Contemporary SE specification, with automatic transmission as standard, the 75 V8 can be spec enhanced with ‘plus Packs’ for a supreme power-for-value combination.

The new Rover 75 V8 saloon is the premier product in the marque’s centenary year and is suitably distinguished with the new large grille treatment, wholly reminiscent of previous V8 engined Rover cars. Like its predecessors, it is a product of distinction and presence, with the new full-depth grille and distinctive front-end treatment – a characteristic reminder of the refined delivery of power available from the 4.6-litre V8 harnessed under the bonnet.

Kevin Howe, Chief Executive, MG Rover Group, commented: "The Rover V8 perfectly combines the marque’s brand values of value, power-in-reserve and design style. It is entirely appropriate that this high-specification flagship leads the marque in its celebration centenary year."

The V8 derivative provides effortless performance with a high specification that includes cruise control, premium Alpine ICE and a CD Autochanger as standard. If tailored in the lavish Connoisseur SE trim specification, a plus Pack combines ITS, rain-sensing wipers, message centre instrumentation, auto-dimming rear view mirror, electric sunroof and rear sunblind for supreme luxury. Satellite navigation is another available option.

The Contemporary SE model is more overt with a sports visual presence, and plus Pack features include ITS, electric sunroof, Xenon headlamps with powerwash, heated windscreen washer jets, and powerfold door mirrors.

The Rover V8 has been represented in products between 1967-1986 and is a hallmark of British cars with ‘power in reserve’. Her Majesty The Queen owns two Rover V8s. In their day Rover V8s were specified by Prime Ministers Harold Wilson, James Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher. Previous V8-engined Rovers include the P5B 3.5-litre, P6B 3500, SD1 3500, V8S, 3500 Vanden Plas, Vanden Plas EFi and the 3.5-litre Vitesse.



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