Road test: 2001 MG ZR 160 (5 door) | The Car Enthusiast |

28 Aug 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Road test: 2001 MG ZR 160 (5 door) | The Car Enthusiast |

At the time of the MG ZR160 test-drive, was responsible for kicking England out of the World Cup. I don’t if this was on Mark Sims’ as he photographed the yellow hot hatch on a of green, but we thought we better the story back until the had subsided a little.

Emotion probably be the primary reason to buy a yellow MG ZR. It exudes driving and aggression, tangible in the form of a body kit and alloys, and of course yellow paintwork. Thankfully, the car not disappoint.

Sit down on the colour-coded, seats and grip the neat wheel and you should instantly at home if you are a car enthusiast. True, the is not the most up to date design, but it all and the important controls feel good – specifically the gears and pedals.

The MG ZR is a hot hatch in the traditional sense, a relatively high driving and a rev-happy 16v engine under the bonnet, pushing 160PS the front wheels. Grippy as the Sport tyres are, in the dry is possible well into gear, if you accelerate away a junction too hard for instance.

Apparently… Traction control soon sort that out (or some self-restraint!), but what it mean is that there is power to play with cornering. A car that just everywhere with no skill is not an enthusiast’s car. The MG ZR however, is much one. The chassis is on the Rover 25, which itself is an of the Rover 200 set-up.

Modern 25s handle well, but the ZR is in a different altogether. Braking hard a series of bends is where the fun The pedal feel is superb, and the bite the disks hard, you plenty of confidence. Turn in is and the car can easily be adjusted mid-corner the throttle pedal.

Lift-off oversteer is possible, but in the most effective cornering we found was to brake late the apex, causing the rear to in to play early, then through the exit, with the car nicely balanced and ready to into the next curve. good fun.

Fun is central to the MG is trying to portray to us at the moment, and it does come across in car. It is the type of car that put a smile on your face you go to drive it, be that to the shops is plenty of space for 5 people and shopping remember) or down favourite B-road. Indeed, I the ZR160 could be quite a part-time trackday car.

Of course you may worry about that gleaming paint! of us in the office (not me) thought the appeal of such an extrovert would soon fade, but you to admit that it is eye-catching. the other Rover-based cars, the ZR has cleverly styled in my opinion.

The is virtually unchanged (except for the spoiler), but the front gives the car its own which it shares with the ZS and ZT. with the Rover 25, it is obvious how MG Rover actually had to change to this effect.

It is this clever re-engineering may well make MG Rover a independent company in the future. are certainly a large number of the new MGs on the roads of Britain at the moment, backs up the sales figures Of course, in the UK, patriotism counts for when buying a new car (assuming the car is in the first place), and that makes a difference. MG must be they are not a Brazilian company…


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Road 2001 MG ZR 160 (5 door)

Story by O’ Donoghue, images by Sims

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