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Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Roadster & Convertible

In 2002, the British carmaker Rover introduced a facelifted version for its little roadster TF, sold under the MG brand.

The classic British roadster used to feature front engines and rear-wheel drive. But the MG TF was not a classic vehicle. It was more like a modern interpretation of the roadster concept. It featured a mid-engine and rear-wheel drive system. After a troubling experience with BMW, MG tried to survive and built the little roadster with Toyota engines.

After six years on the market, the TF was refreshed. Its new headlights were covered with clear lenses and a sharper nose. Its turn-signals were moved from the bumper inside the headlamps. A smaller, two-slats grille replaced the previously used one that featured a vertical bar for the octagonal MG badge. In the rear, only a keen for details eye could have noticed a difference.

Inside, the British carmaker changed only a few details, such as the gear-knob, steering wheel, and a few materials used. It already had financial problems, and simply there was not enough money to do all the changes.

Under the hood, MG installed a choice of engines both from its production line and from Toyota. The latter was offered with a variable valve timing system that allowed a power increase to 160 hp.

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MG TF 2002 - 2005
  4 gasoline engines
  • 1.6L 5MT (116 HP)
  • 1.8L 5MT (135 HP)
  • 1.8L 5MT (160 HP)
  • 1.8L CVT (120 HP)

MG TF 1.6L 5MT (116 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 5MT (116 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1588 cm3
Power
85 KW @ 6250 RPM
116 HP @ 6250 RPM
114 BHP @ 6250 RPM
Torque
107 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM
145 Nm @ 4700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
118 mph (190 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/55R15V - 205/50R15V
DIMENSIONS
Length
155.2 in (3942 mm)
Width
64.1 in (1628 mm)
Height
49.6 in (1260 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.3/55.5 in (1,405/1,410 mm)
Wheelbase
93.5 in (2375 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.4 cuFT (210 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.36
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2414 lbs (1095 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2910 lbs (1320 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24.2 mpg US (9.7 L/100Km)
Highway
42 mpg US (5.6 L/100Km)
Combined
33.1 mpg US (7.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
169 g/km

MG TF 1.8L 5MT (135 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L 5MT (135 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1796 cm3
Power
100 KW @ 6750 RPM
136 HP @ 6750 RPM
134 BHP @ 6750 RPM
Torque
122 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
165 Nm @ 5000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
127 mph (204 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/55R15V - 205/50R15V
DIMENSIONS
Length
155.2 in (3942 mm)
Width
64.1 in (1628 mm)
Height
49.6 in (1260 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.3/55.5 in (1,405/1,410 mm)
Wheelbase
93.5 in (2375 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.4 cuFT (210 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.36
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2436 lbs (1105 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2910 lbs (1320 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)
Highway
39.2 mpg US (6 L/100Km)
Combined
29.8 mpg US (7.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
189 g/km

MG TF 1.8L 5MT (160 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L 5MT (160 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1796 cm3
Power
118 KW @ 6900 RPM
160 HP @ 6900 RPM
158 BHP @ 6900 RPM
Torque
122 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
165 Nm @ 5000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
137 mph (220 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
195/45R16V - 215/40R16V
DIMENSIONS
Length
155.2 in (3942 mm)
Width
64.1 in (1628 mm)
Height
49.6 in (1260 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.3/55.5 in (1,405/1,410 mm)
Wheelbase
93.5 in (2375 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.4 cuFT (210 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.36
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2458 lbs (1115 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2910 lbs (1320 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
22.2 mpg US (10.6 L/100Km)
Highway
41.3 mpg US (5.7 L/100Km)
Combined
31.4 mpg US (7.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
179 g/km

MG TF 1.8L CVT (120 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L CVT (120 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1796 cm3
Power
88 KW @ 5500 RPM
120 HP @ 5500 RPM
118 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
122 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
165 Nm @ 5000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
118 mph (190 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Continuously Variable Transmisssion
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/55R15V - 205/50R15V
DIMENSIONS
Length
155.2 in (3942 mm)
Width
64.1 in (1628 mm)
Height
49.6 in (1260 mm)
Front/rear Track
55.3/55.5 in (1,405/1,410 mm)
Wheelbase
93.5 in (2375 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.9 in (124 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.4 cuFT (210 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.36
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2480 lbs (1125 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2910 lbs (1320 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.3 mpg US (11.6 L/100Km)
Highway
36.8 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
Combined
28.3 mpg US (8.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
199 g/km
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