ASHAMED as I am to admit it, we’re a little underwhelmed by the MG GT Concept here at austin-rover.co.uk. It’s not as if we don’t think it’ll go into production (because its chances are probably higher than those of the 75 Coupé), and the thought of a 200PS KV6 engine in that light, mid-engined chassis is rather exciting. No, the reason we’re underwhelmed is that we have to wonder what chances it has on the marketplace when it looks so similar to the MG TF, a car that has been around for quite some time now.
As we all know, customers want new cars, and because this car has close visual links with a car that has been around since 2001, there could be a lack of buyer excitement. Which, as we say, is a shame, because no doubt, it would be a scorching car to drive.
The MG GT Concept has been around for
a little while, actually, and was on
display at Matra when the Pininfarina
was presenting its case to MG Rover
following its takeover of
the French company.
The MG GT Concept has been around for a little while, actually, and was on display at Matra when the Pininfarina was presenting its case to MG Rover following its takeover of the French company. And there must be a few people inside Longbridge wondering whether the GT would follow the Lotus Exige (a useful seller) or BMW Z Coupe (not a massive success) precedent if and when it hits the market. Revealing it for the 80th birthday celebration means they must be hoping the former…
The KV6 installation is an interesting development, and one that calls on the heritage of the original MGF. Why is this? Because its existence has come about thanks to the specialist car scene – which is something that MGR has been keeping a close eye on.
So, out of the two concepts, this one is more likely to make production – and even then, probably without the KV6 powerpack – which is a shame. So, why can’t we get more excited about it? I guess that’s a matter of style…
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