“Cowley’s Cortina” also received the MG treatment in an attempt to give the upmarket versions a little bit more cachet than perhaps the Austin could manage.
When the Montego was launched in July 1984, the MG version was seen by the company as a viable rival to such cars as the BMW 3-Series and Audi 80/90.
MG Montego EFi
Not a bad car, but not terribly interesting, either.
MG Montego Turbo
By 1987/1988 the back room boys had managed to reduce the torque steer to manageable levels, but the car’s image as a serious driver’s tool had already been destroyed, more the pity. My one abiding memory of the MG Montego Turbo above all others was its vivid acceleration.
Performance: 0-60mph, 7.2seconds, maximum speed, 126mph (source: Autocar)
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