16 November 2004

The Autocar Awards celebrated the biggest achievements the motor industry has seen over the last 12 months yesterday. It was also the launchpad for three brave new visions of the future for Britain's sole remaining volume car-maker MG Rover. Longbridge marked 100 years of Rover's heritage, and 80 years of MG's history, with the introduction of three brand new coupés - an elegant two-door interpretation of Rover's 75 saloon, an Audi-TT-rivalling MG GT hard-top derived from the maker's TF convertible, and the most hardcore version of MG's new SV performance car, the final MG SV-R Club Sport. The last member of that trio is available now, offering 5.0-litre, 385bhp, V8 power in an out-and-out track car package, from £89,250; according to product director Rob Oldacre however, both the Rover 75 Coupe and the MG GT that shared its limelight offer similarly real production possibilities, which MG Rover will be 'getting their teeth into' over the coming months.

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