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Car comparison by Dave Puzey, SD1 Club Vice Chairman.
Vitesse vs ZT260 specs compared.
As you may have seen MG Rover have just launched a V8 rear wheel drive version of their MG ZT saloon. Autocar in their roadtest of 13th January 2004 concluded that: 'it deserves to succeed because, when you drive one, it reminds you of the last family car this company (MG Rover) built with a V8 motor. It was called the Rover SD1 Vitesse and is now something of a legend.'
  Rover Vitesse MG ZT260
Engine Longitudinal, front Longitudinal, front
Drive Rear wheel drive Rear wheel drive
Capacity 3528 cc 90 deg V8 4601 cc 90 deg V8
Bore/stroke 89 mm / 71 mm 90.2 mm / 90 mm
Comp ratio 9.8:1 9.41:1
Head/Block Al. alloy / Al. alloy Al. alloy / Iron
Valve gear Single cam 2 valves per cyl. Single cam 2 valves per cyl.
Ignition/Fuel electronic ignition/
fuel injection
engine management system/
multi point fuel injection
Max Power 190 bhp @ 5280 rpm 260 bhp @ 5000 rpm
Max Torque 220 lb ft @ 4000 rpm

302 lb ft @ 4000 rpm

Gear box 5 speed 5 speed
Suspension    
  Front

Independent strut coil spring
Anti roll bar

Independent strut coil spring
Anti roll bar
  Rear Trailing arm, Watts linkage
Live rear axle
Multi link independent

Brakes, Front/Rear

Vent discs / drums Vent disc / vent disc plus ABS
Steering PAS rack and pinion PAS rack and pinion
Wheels Al. alloy 6˚ x 15 in Al. alloy 7˚ x 18 in
Tyres 205 / 60 VR 15 225 / 45 ZR 18
Length 4698 mm 4740 mm
Width 1768 mm 1970 mm
Height 1384mm 1410 mm
Weight 1425 kg 1680 kg
0 to 60mph 7.6 sec

6.7 sec

Max speed 130 mph 149mph
Fuel consumption 21.8mpg 16.8 mpg

Well it goes a little bit faster but then it should with an extra 70bhp! But look at the weight and the fuel consumption! Nor is it a hatchback and the MG does not have electric rear windows at standard!

Dave Puzey.

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