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MG ZT front.jpg
Facelifted (2004–2005) MG ZT
Manufacturer MG Rover
Production 2001–2005
27,149 made
Assembly Cowley, UK,
Longbridge,  ,UK
Browns Lane plant, Coventry
Gaydon, U.K.
Solihull, UK
Designer Peter Stevens
Body and chassis
Class Executive car
Body style 4-door saloon
5-door estate
Layout FF layout, FR layout (260+)
Related MG 7
Rover 75
Roewe 750
Engine 1.8 L Rover K Series
1.8 L Rover K Series Turbo
2.0 L BMW M47 Diesel
2.5 L KV6
4.6 L Ford Modular V8
Wheelbase 2,746 mm (108.1 in) (saloon, estate)
Length 4,747 mm (186.9 in) (saloon)
4,791 mm (188.6 in) (estate)
Width 1,778 mm (70.0 in)
Height 1,424 mm (56.1 in)
Curb weight 1,400–1,655 kg (3,086–3,649 lb)
Predecessor Rover 800 Vitesse
Rover 620ti
(Rover 75)
Original (2001-2004) MG ZT

The MG ZT is an MG-branded sportier version of the Rover 75, an executive car, produced by MG Rover from 2001 to 2005. An estate version, the MG ZT-T, was also available. Styling is similar to the 75, although various modifications - most noticeably the wheels and tyres - make for a far sportier ride. Production of the cars ceased in 2005 amidst financial turmoil at MG Rover.

In 2001, three years after the launch of the Rover 75 and less than a year after the de-merger of MG Rover from BMW, the MG ZT and MG ZT-T were launched. During the cars' development, the models were codenamed X10 and X11 for the saloon and estate versions respectively. The bodyshell and chassis of the car are almost identical to the Rover 75, but with more aggressive bumper covers and grille, sportier styling, revised suspension and chassis setup, and some unique engine choices, the MG ZT/ZT-T became almost unrecognisable from its Rover 75 siblings and appealed to a vastly different audience. Peter Stevens, designer of the McLaren F1, took the lead role in the cars' design.

In 2003, the 260 version of the car was launched (codenamed X12 and X13 for the saloon and estate versions respectively), utilising a 4.6 litre V8 from the Ford Mustang range. The model was converted from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive and was largely engineered by motorsport and engineering company Prodrive before being completed by MG Rover. The 4.6 version is regarded as a true Q-car. Apart from the badges, the only visual difference externally between the 260 and other ZTs are the quad exhausts.

The last competition car built by MG Sports and Racing was a racing version of the V8 MG ZT260. This car was highly modified and lightened it had more power than the standard V8 and a lightweight racing bodykit. The car is now owned by an Australian MG Enthusiast who races it competitively. It is painted dark grey in colour.

Before the ZT 260 was launched, MG created a special concept car: the MG XPower ZT 500. This car was intended to show off what MG can do with the ZT's chassis and was never intended for mass production. The XPower ZT is fitted with a 500 bhp supercharged version of the 4.6 litre V8 fitted to the final production car and has a more aggressive bodykit with larger spoiler. The car was saved by the MG owners club and rebuilt using their extensive facilities and expertise. The car was allocated VIN no 001.

This MG ZT-T became the world's fastest (non-production) estate car in 2003
2004 MG ZT-T 190

Also in 2003, the MG ZT-T became the World's Fastest (non-production) Estate car with a top speed of 225.609 mph (360.9 km/h). It achieved this at 55th annual Bonneville Speed Week Nationals, on the Salt Flats in Utah, USA. This car used an 800+bhp Roush Supercharged V8 engine with other heavy modifications.

During early 2004, MG-Rover facelifted the design of the ZT and ZT-T to a less retro look, at the same time as the Rover 75 received a facelift.

Nanjing Automobile of China purchased MG Rover in July 2005, three months after the company went bankrupt. Production of the MG ZT effectively resumed in early 2007 in the form of the MG 7.[1]

The cars are still actively supported by an owners club[2] and an owners group specifically for the V8 model.[3] In July 2012 The 75 and ZT Enthusiasts Club was set up to ensure long term preservation of the marque [4]

Flexible electronics design[edit]

The entire in-car entertainment system (Radio Function, Navigation System, Television and Telecommunications systems) is based on a very flexible automotive computer system from BMW.[citation needed][5] As a result the MG ZT can be easily upgraded with the newest BMW technologies including BMW's Bluetooth System, the DVD based Navigation system, and Widescreen displays as well as BMW's CD changers that play MP3s[6]


The MG ZT (and Rover 75 derivative) were powered by a combination of MG Rover's own petrol and LPG K-Series and KV6 engines as well as Ford's Modular V8 and BMW's M47 diesel engine. The latter was designated M47R to identify the unit as an MG Rover special, having been modified by MG Rover's engineers for transverse installation, with performance and refinement characteristics unique to MG Rover.[7]

Petrol engines
Years Made By Model Engine Power Torque Top Speed 0-62
2001–2005 Rover 1.8 120 Manual 1,798 cc - L4 - NA 120 PS (88 kW) 160 N·m (120 lb·ft) 121 mph (195 km/h) 10.9 s 36.2 mpg-imp (7.8 l/100 km)
2001–2005 Rover 2.5 V6 160 Manual 2,498 cc - V6 - NA 160 PS (120 kW) 230 N·m (170 lb·ft) 131 mph (211 km/h) 8.8 s n/a
2002-2005 Rover 1.8 T 160 Manual 1,798 cc - L4 - TC 160 PS (120 kW) 215 N·m (159 lb·ft) 132 mph (212 km/h) 8.5 s n/a
2001–2005 Rover 2.5 V6 180 Automatic 2,498 cc - V6 - NA 177 PS (130 kW) 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) 134 mph (216 km/h) 8.9 s 26.9 mpg-imp (10.5 l/100 km)
2001–2005 Rover 2.5 V6 190 Manual 2,498 cc - V6 - NA 190 PS (140 kW) 245 N·m (181 lb·ft) 140 mph (230 km/h) 7.7 s n/a
2003–2005 Rover 4.6 V8 260 Manual 4,601 cc - V8 - NA 260 PS (190 kW) 410 N·m (300 lb·ft) 155 mph (249 km/h) 6.2 s 23.1 mpg-imp (12.2 l/100 km)
2003–2005 Rover 4.6 V8 260 Automatic 4,601 cc - V8 - NA 260 PS (190 kW) 410 N·m (300 lb·ft) 151 mph (243 km/h) 7.0 s 22.1 mpg-imp (12.8 l/100 km)
Diesel engines
Years Made By Model Engine Power Torque Top Speed 0-62
2001–2005 Rover 2.0 CDT 120 Manual 1,951 cc - L4 - TC 116 PS (85 kW) 260 N·m (190 lb·ft) 120 mph (190 km/h) 11.0 s 50.0 mpg-imp (5.65 l/100 km)
2001–2005 Rover 2.0 CDT 120 Automatic 1,951 cc - L4 - TC 116 PS (85 kW) 260 N·m (190 lb·ft) 118 mph (190 km/h) 12.2 s 40.9 mpg-imp (6.91 l/100 km)
2001–2005 Rover 2.0 CDTi 135 Manual 1,951 cc - L4 - TC 131 PS (96 kW) 300 N·m (220 lb·ft) 121 mph (195 km/h) 10.0 s 50.0 mpg-imp (5.65 l/100 km)
2001–2005 Rover 2.0 CDTi 135 Automatic 1,951 cc - L4 - TC 131 PS (96 kW) 300 N·m (220 lb·ft) 118 mph (190 km/h) 10.6 s 40.9 mpg-imp (6.91 l/100 km)


  1. ^ Chinese plant rolls out first MG - BBC News. Retrieved 27 March 2007.
  2. ^ "Rover 75 & MG ZT Owners Club". Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  3. ^ "The Two-Sixties". Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  4. ^ "The 75 and ZT Enthusiasts Club". Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  5. ^ "BMW Bus System" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  6. ^ "Bimmernav". Bimmernav. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
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