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Body style: Wagon (station wagon, estate, combi, touring)
Segment: Medium

After BMW sold the MG-Rover to Phoenix Consortium, the British carmaker tried to flex its muscles and showed what it could do without the mandatory restrictions from a giant carmaker.

In 2001, MG introduced the ZT model and its station wagon sibling, the ZT-T. Both vehicles relied on the same platform built by Rover for the 75 series. But MG was known for its motorsport heritage and aimed to become Rover's performance division. In 2003, the ZT-T became the fastest production station wagon globally, after it reached 225.6 mph (363 kph) at the Bonneville Speed Week on the Salt Flats in Utah – U.S.A.

The ZT-T exterior featured the same dual-headlamps design system from the Rover 75, but with a wider, lower, plastic bumper which sported a broad grille on the apron. Its mesh-grille design resembled the look of older race cars. From its sides, the ZT-T sported new alloy wheels and featured a roofline extended above the trunk area, with a roof spoiler on the upper part of the tailgate. At the back, the carmaker installed a side twin exhaust with a heat shield between the pipes and the plastic bumper.

Inside, the sport bucket seats looked sportier than those offered by Rover for the 75. Its instrument panel featured four elliptic analog dials with white background and red needles, while a small LCD revealed data from the onboard computer. In the back, the carmaker installed a three-seat bench with a split-folding seatback which increased the trunk space from 400 liters (14.1 cu-ft) up to 1,222 liters 43.1 cu-ft).

Under the hood, MG installed a choice of three engines ranging between a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that provided 131 hp and a 2.5-liter V-6 that offered 190 hp with the five-speed manual gearbox and 180 hp with a five-speed automatic.

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MG ZT-T 2001 - 2004
  3 gasoline engines
  • 1.8L 5MT (160 HP)
  • 2.5L V6 (190 HP)
  • 2.5L V6 5AT (180 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 2.0 CDTi 5MT (131 HP)

MG ZT-T 1.8L 5MT (160 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L 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
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130 mph (209 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.4 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
188.7 in (4793 mm)
Width
70 in (1778 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/59.1 in (1,501/1,501 mm)
Wheelbase
108.1 in (2746 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3307 lbs (1500 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4431 lbs (2010 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.6 mpg US (11.4 L/100Km)
Highway
37.9 mpg US (6.2 L/100Km)
Combined
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
194 g/km

MG ZT-T 2.5L V6 (190 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L V6 (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
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
137 mph (220 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
188.7 in (4793 mm)
Width
70 in (1778 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/59.1 in (1,501/1,501 mm)
Wheelbase
108.1 in (2746 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3362 lbs (1525 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4607 lbs (2090 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-T 2.5L V6 5AT (180 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L V6 5AT (180 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
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
128 mph (206 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.2 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
188.7 in (4793 mm)
Width
70 in (1778 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/59.1 in (1,501/1,501 mm)
Wheelbase
108.1 in (2746 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3362 lbs (1525 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4607 lbs (2090 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
14.5 mpg US (16.2 L/100Km)
Highway
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
Combined
21.2 mpg US (11.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
264 g/km

MG ZT-T 2.0 CDTi 5MT (131 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0 CDTi 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
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
119 mph (192 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.3 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
188.7 in (4793 mm)
Width
70 in (1778 mm)
Height
57.9 in (1471 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.1/59.1 in (1,501/1,501 mm)
Wheelbase
108.1 in (2746 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.3 in (135 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.1 cuFT (399 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3439 lbs (1560 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4607 lbs (2090 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
Highway
53.4 mpg US (4.4 L/100Km)
Combined
40.6 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
163 g/km
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