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Segment: Small

The MG ZS was the tuned version of the Rover 45, a car that shared its underpinnings with the Honda Concerto.

It was developed and launched soon after BMW sold Rover in 2000.

The cooperation between Honda and Rover didn't last too long. But it was long enough so the two car-makers could develop some interesting cars together. The Honda Concerto/Civic and the Rover 400/45 was just an example of a good marriage. But after BMW bought the majority stakes in Rover Group from the British Aerospace in January 1994, the Japanese company slowly pulled out from Rover in 1995 after 20 years of cooperation. Then, in 2000, BMW sold Rover and Land Rover brands. The British company was on its own.

The MG ZS looked like a boy-racer dream but built in a factory, not in a garage. Over the simple body of a Rover 45 sedan, it installed a new front bumper, side sills, and a big wing in the back. A set of 17” light-alloy wheels was installed. The octagonal MG badge was pinned to the hood and that was the exterior of the ZS.

Inside, there were more tuning-fashion items such as the silver background for the dials and red needles. The sport-bucket seats featured two-tone color upholstery, where one of the colors was the car's body color. That won on the coolness factor.

For the mechanical part, a stiffer suspension was a good improvement. For the engine compartment, the ZS was available with the same engine as the Rover 45, plus something more: a 2.5-liter V6 engine taken from the Land Rover Freelander. It was a quick and appreciated car on the market and, mated to a 5-speed manual, it could top the 0-60 mph (0-97 kph) run in 7.3 seconds.

MG ZS 4 Doors 2001 - 2004 6 Photos
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MG ZS 4 Doors 2001 - 2004
  2 gasoline engines
  • 1.8L 5MT (117 HP)
  • 2.5L V6 5MT (177 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 2.0 D 5MT (100 HP)
  • 2.0 D 5MT (113 HP)

MG ZS 4 Doors 1.8L 5MT (117 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L 5MT (117 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1796 cm3
Power
86 KW @ 5500 RPM
117 HP @ 5500 RPM
115 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
118 lb-ft @ 2750 RPM
160 Nm @ 2750 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
122.4 mph (197 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/50R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
178.3 in (4529 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.2/57.4 in (1,478/1,458 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.4 cuFT (464 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2480.2 lbs (1125 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3615.5 lbs (1640 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24.2 mpg US (9.7 L/100Km)
Highway
40.5 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
Combined
32.2 mpg US (7.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
174 g/km

MG ZS 4 Doors 2.5L V6 5MT (177 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L V6 5MT (177 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2497 cm3
Power
130 KW @ 6500 RPM
177 HP @ 6500 RPM
174 BHP @ 6500 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
240 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
139.1 mph (224 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/45R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
178.3 in (4529 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.2/57.4 in (1,478/1,458 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.4 cuFT (464 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2722.7 lbs (1235 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3791.9 lbs (1720 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.7 mpg US (14.1 L/100Km)
Highway
34.6 mpg US (6.8 L/100Km)
Combined
24.7 mpg US (9.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
227 g/km

MG ZS 4 Doors 2.0 D 5MT (100 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0 D 5MT (100 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1996 cm3
Power
74 KW @ 4200 RPM
101 HP @ 4200 RPM
99 BHP @ 4200 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
240 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
116.1 mph (187 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/50R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
178.3 in (4529 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.2/57.4 in (1,478/1,458 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.4 cuFT (464 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2711.6 lbs (1230 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3791.9 lbs (1720 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
32.2 mpg US (7.3 L/100Km)
Highway
54.7 mpg US (4.3 L/100Km)
Combined
43.5 mpg US (5.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
150 g/km

MG ZS 4 Doors 2.0 D 5MT (113 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0 D 5MT (113 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1996 cm3
Power
83 KW @ 4200 RPM
113 HP @ 4200 RPM
111 BHP @ 4200 RPM
Torque
192 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
260 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Diesel
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
119 mph (192 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/50R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
178.3 in (4529 mm)
Width
66.9 in (1699 mm)
Height
54.3 in (1379 mm)
Front/rear Track
58.2/57.4 in (1,478/1,458 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.4 cuFT (464 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2711.6 lbs (1230 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3791.9 lbs (1720 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
32.2 mpg US (7.3 L/100Km)
Highway
54.7 mpg US (4.3 L/100Km)
Combined
42 mpg US (5.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
150 g/km
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