• May 8th 2008 at 7:58AM
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There's a new MG TF on its way to replace the current TF, which is once again rolling out the doors at its Longbridge, UK ancestral home. The new TF will be available as a roadster, natch, and as a coupe, and based on the Roewe 550. AutoExpress has worked up some renderings based on insider information about the new rear-drive MG, and the car amounts to a smorgasbord of cues from a variety of unfortunately styled vehicles. There's a lot of X80 concept, a dash of the crosseyed Qvale Mangusta, and a peppering or two of the MG SV, too. The end result looks like something Noddy assembled in a candlelit workshop, but then again, so does the existing MG TF.
The underlying platform for the new TF is one of the last vestiges of MG Rover, and would have been used for the MG ZS/Rover 45 replacement. Ricardo also played a role in the development of the chassis, which will have a turbocharged 1.8-liter four and a 2.5-liter V6 as power options. Still, more coupes in the MX5's sandbox can't be a bad thing, so we wish the new MG TF well, and hope that it comes to the United States for a proper taunting.

[Source: Auto Express]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I find it to be both beautiful and very creative looking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      what is a natch? is another autoblog term for "nasty hatch?"
      • 7 Years Ago
      British/Chinese cars always have been a little...uh...different looking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How on earth can it be based on the Roewe 550 and be rear-drive? Can someone explain me? Dan? :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Thanks: that's a precious detail! :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        The old Rover 75 chassis was based off the BMW 5 chassis when it was part of BMW. Whatever is left of the old 75 must still be in the 550.

        There were V8 powered sedan based off the 75 in '04, both as MG and Rover.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No it wasn't, JayP. :)
        The 75 is/was front-driven.
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