Road test: 2002 MG TF 160 | The Car Enthusiast |

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Facelifts are not often worth Joan Collins I’m would have one as quick as you or I have a hair cut. MG has somehow performed miracle on the MGF, to produce the MG TF.

Witness the from an inoffensive curvy to a sharp-lined sports car. Stevens has waved his magic CAD in the right direction.

The front of the car is changed. There is now a prominent and the lights have serious Indeed, the sharp, low chin brings the Aston Martin to mind.

That is not a bad thing for relatively budget-priced British car. The rear has also changed extensively, though not so to the eye. It follows the sharper of the front, with added in the form of a deeper rear

The boot lid also juts out to a rear spoiler – sporty, yet at the same time, not to be tagged as a boy racer’s car.

So, who will buy this lovely MG is hoping that you, the car of this world will. You be disappointed either, though the that I started this by referring to the car’s looks than its dynamics may lead you to (as I do) that the majority of MG TF buyers be more interested in aesthetics raw driver appeal. Now, if you an MG TF, or an MGF, don’t bother to me that this is a great not just for posers.

I know I love it too. However, you escape the fact that it is a great looking car, it not have the same driver’s car as say, the Lotus Elise or VX220.

Therefore, it will attract

Saying that, there are elements of the car that surprised me. For MG had fitted stiffer suspension to the car, and massive red AP Racing callipers. Correct me if I am wrong, but could certainly be construed as writing. Can the MG TF pay up? I’m afraid a yes or no cannot answer that.

with me.

My first spirited in the car was on a decent B-road in Cambridgeshire. The was far from perfect, though not The most challenging part of road is the sudden camber Instantly, the TF feels tied

However, the camber changes a tendency to follow the undulations of the Fitting large tyres they are not necessary usually this. The wheel/tyre combination great, but I would personally a slightly narrower set-up.

The problem also occurs on the where it takes concentration not to be into the grooves made by of HGV-driving in the slow lane.

It may be that the car is ideal for smooth When is the last time you saw in the UK? It is such a pity that the car was with the stiffer-than-standard suspension. I that the standard set-up be better suited to UK roads. The of this is to slow down the driver, as the car is almost too much to enjoy.

In the wet, even concentration is required. What like terminal understeer progresses into oversteer. it is easy to catch. In the dry, no influence from the surface, it is to get the rear to step out a little exiting corners – in a safe fashion. It is this that will lift the car the average hot hatch.

Though, to be honest, many hot hatches would be better for the blast. But there is something about driving an open-top

Roof down, progress fast no matter what the and buffeting is nicely contained, with the windbreaker in place (an at Ј211.50). The world feels closer as with all convertibles. The too, a 1.8-litre VVC-equipped sounds loud, and in this quite sporty. It is a buzzy though, even when not pushed, which some may tire of.

The example we drove did not very quick, though driven the MG ZR with the same I now believe that the TF’s needed more running in. The is at its best being revved, in the way as a Honda VTEC engine for However, it fails to be a smooth plant, and may disappoint potential

A bigger disappointment awaits the and passenger inside the car. the cabin is a lovely shape, and the execution seems to have seriously undermined by cost The gear knob itself is a aluminium item, but the silver with fake hex-head is plastic (trying too hard to the design success of the Audi Admittedly it does not look too bad However, the silver/grey plastic on of the controls is just awful.

I that it would add quite a to the car’s development to have items, but I don’t think MG have tried to go half way black plastic would been fine. The test car did a tan-colour theme, which I a lot, though perhaps it do with some more to stop the interior looking a desert. I would also the instruments from behind, not the top – I know I’m picky here, but it is my job.

You might be beginning to think I didn’t like the MG TF 160. is not true. I liked it a lot. It is a good car. It is a very car. However, it is not a great Nor is it a sports car in the true sense of the

If you fancy a very good, open-top car that goes and looks great, then it may be for you. The difference between the MG TF and MGF is worth celebrating.

Road 2002 MG TF 160 – May 2002

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