The Metro was the first Austin Rover car to be subjected to the MG treatment. Arguably, it was the most successful recipient of the octagon treatment, perhaps because the early versions were rather similar to the Mini-Cooper in spirit…
MG Metro 1300
MG Metro Turbo
Identifiable from its more humble normally aspirated brother by its plastic wheel arches, deeper front air dam and larger diameter alloy wheels. Contemporary road tests complained of less civilised road manners than the standard MG Metro, notably a propensity to torque steer and bounce too much on less than billiard-smooth roads.
Performance: 0-60mph, 9.4seconds, maximum speed, 110mph (source: Autocar)
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