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Segment: Medium

After BMW sold MG Rover group for 10 GBP in May 2000, the new owner decided to use the Rover 75 as a platform for an upscale, sportier model, and thus the MG ZT was born.

It wasn't just a trim level for the 75 but differed in many ways from its sibling. Phoenix Consortium, the company that acquired MG Rover, thought that the sporty brand deserved more than just a different label on the trunk and new bumpers.

Thus, the MG ZT featured a slightly modified front fascia. It still featured the same quad-headlights system, but it sported a redesigned bumper with a lower apron that hosted a mesh grille flanked by round foglamps. From its profile, the lowered suspension and the unique, multi-spoke alloy wheels warned about the car's sporty character. To top it all off, at the back, the ZT received a wing on the trunk and metallic trim around the dual-exhaust pipes placed underneath the redesigned rear bumper.

Inside, the customers could find a better interior than on most of the Rover models. The high-bolstered bucket seats at the front, the three-spoke steering wheel, and the carbon fiber trim offered an upscale look for the car. At the back, the bench was profiled for two, although there was enough room for a third child seat in the middle.

MG Rover decided to start the ZT range with only one engine, a 2.5-liter, Rover-sourced V6-mill. It provided 160 hp (162 PS) with an option for a pumped-up version that sent 190 ponies to the front wheels. Later on, the carmaker added other engines to the offer. Even though it was not the success that Phoenix Consortium hoped for, it still helped the group to sell 170,000 units in 2001, the brand's best-selling year.

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MG ZT 2001 - 2004
  6 gasoline engines
  • 1.8i 16V 5AT (120 HP)
  • 1.8i 16V 5MT (120 HP)
  • 2.0d 5AT (131 HP)
  • 2.5L V6 5AT (180 HP)
  • 2.5L V6 5MT (160 HP)
  • 2.5L V6 5MT (190 HP)
  2 diesel engines
  • 2.0d 5MT (116 HP)
  • 2.0d 5MT (131 HP)

MG ZT 1.8i 16V 5AT (120 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8i 16V 5AT (120 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1795 cm3
Power
88.3 KW @ 5500 RPM
120 HP @ 5500 RPM
118 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
118 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
160 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
113 mph (182 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
14 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/45 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.9 in (4747 mm)
Width
70 in (1778 mm)
Height
55.8 in (1417 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/59.1 in (1,501/1,501 mm)
Wheelbase
108.1 in (2746 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3417 lbs (1550 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4475 lbs (2030 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18.7 mpg US (12.6 L/100Km)
Highway
31.4 mpg US (7.5 L/100Km)
Combined
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)

MG ZT 1.8i 16V 5MT (120 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8i 16V 5MT (120 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1795 cm3
Power
88.3 KW @ 5500 RPM
120 HP @ 5500 RPM
118 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
118 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
160 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
117 mph (188 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/45 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.9 in (4747 mm)
Width
70 in (1778 mm)
Height
55.8 in (1417 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/59.1 in (1,501/1,501 mm)
Wheelbase
108.1 in (2746 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3417 lbs (1550 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4475 lbs (2030 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.6 mpg US (11.4 L/100Km)
Highway
38.6 mpg US (6.1 L/100Km)
Combined
30.2 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)

MG ZT 2.0d 5AT (131 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0d 5AT (131 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2497 cm3
Power
132.4 KW @ 6500 RPM
180 HP @ 6500 RPM
178 BHP @ 6500 RPM
Torque
177 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
240 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
134 mph (216 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/45 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.9 in (4747 mm)
Width
70 in (1778 mm)
Height
55.8 in (1417 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/59.1 in (1,501/1,501 mm)
Wheelbase
108.1 in (2746 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.3 cuFT (433 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3219 lbs (1460 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4475 lbs (2030 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
14.7 mpg US (16 L/100Km)
Highway
29.8 mpg US (7.9 L/100Km)
Combined
21.6 mpg US (10.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
259 g/km

MG ZT 2.5L V6 5AT (180 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L V6 5AT (180 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
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
134 mph (216 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/45 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.9 in (4747 mm)
Width
70 in (1778 mm)
Height
55.8 in (1417 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/59.1 in (1,501/1,501 mm)
Wheelbase
108.1 in (2746 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.3 cuFT (433 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3219 lbs (1460 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4475 lbs (2030 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
14.7 mpg US (16 L/100Km)
Highway
29.8 mpg US (7.9 L/100Km)
Combined
21.6 mpg US (10.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
259 g/km

MG ZT 2.5L V6 5MT (160 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L V6 5MT (160 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1796 cm3
Power
118 KW @ 5500 RPM
160 HP @ 5500 RPM
158 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
159 lb-ft @ 2100 RPM
215 Nm @ 2100 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
132 mph (212 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/45 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.9 in (4747 mm)
Width
70 in (1778 mm)
Height
55.8 in (1417 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/59.1 in (1,501/1,501 mm)
Wheelbase
108.1 in (2746 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.3 cuFT (433 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3163 lbs (1435 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4277 lbs (1940 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.6 mpg US (11.4 L/100Km)
Highway
38 mpg US (6.2 L/100Km)
Combined
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
194 g/km

MG ZT 2.5L V6 5MT (190 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L V6 5MT (190 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2497 cm3
Power
140 KW @ 6500 RPM
190 HP @ 6500 RPM
188 BHP @ 6500 RPM
Torque
181 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
245 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
141 mph (227 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
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/45 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.9 in (4747 mm)
Width
70 in (1778 mm)
Height
55.8 in (1417 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/59.1 in (1,501/1,501 mm)
Wheelbase
108.1 in (2746 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.3 cuFT (433 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3219 lbs (1460 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4475 lbs (2030 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16.4 mpg US (14.3 L/100Km)
Highway
32.2 mpg US (7.3 L/100Km)
Combined
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
235 g/km

MG ZT 2.0d 5MT (116 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0d 5MT (116 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1951 cm3
Power
85.3 KW @ 4000 RPM
116 HP @ 4000 RPM
114 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
192 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
260 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
120 mph (193 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/45 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.9 in (4747 mm)
Width
70 in (1778 mm)
Height
55.8 in (1417 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/59.1 in (1,501/1,501 mm)
Wheelbase
108.1 in (2746 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.3 cuFT (433 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3384 lbs (1535 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4475 lbs (2030 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
30.5 mpg US (7.7 L/100Km)
Highway
50 mpg US (4.7 L/100Km)
Combined
40.6 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
163 g/km

MG ZT 2.0d 5MT (131 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0d 5MT (131 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1951 cm3
Power
96 KW @ 4000 RPM
131 HP @ 4000 RPM
129 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
221 lb-ft @ 1900 RPM
300 Nm @ 1900 RPM
Fuel System
Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
120 mph (193 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
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/45 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
186.9 in (4747 mm)
Width
70 in (1778 mm)
Height
55.8 in (1417 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/59.1 in (1,501/1,501 mm)
Wheelbase
108.1 in (2746 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.3 cuFT (433 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3329 lbs (1510 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4475 lbs (2030 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
Highway
53.5 mpg US (4.4 L/100Km)
Combined
40.6 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
163 g/km
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