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.