It would be very easy to accuse NAC of doing too little too late for the ageing MG TF’s design. In one sense it seems surprising that so little has been changed or updated since 2005, or even since the MGF of 1995.
On the other hand, the famous ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ argument is always a compelling one to present, and by large it’s appropriate in the case of the TF.
What’s changed is mostly welcome. The non-VVC 1.8-litre Rover engine, known as the K-series under Rover but now referred to as the N-series, is no more powerful than before – it develops 134bhp – but it does benefit from a new head gasket design and has a new exhaust system to go with it. This, and an uprated ECU allow it to meet Euro 4 emissions and be more reliable into the bargain.
The MGF, and latterly the TF, traded on a modern twist on MGB, and the result was a look that for many years made it the biggest-selling two-seat roadster in the UK.
But with a proliferation of cute drop-tops on the market, the TF is now looking a little long in the tooth.
The front grille is the only major visual change compared with cars from 2005; the upgrade is successful, if a little rough around the edges. There are up to seven paint colours to choose from, depending on which of the three trim grades you choose from. Alloy wheels are, of course, standard and there are some surprisingly stylish wheel designs offered, given how heavily the car borrows from MGs of yesteryear.
A fabric soft-top is fitted but it now has a glass screen with a heating element, which is a big step on from the original MGF, which had a vulnerable plastic rear screen which would often discolour.