The MG ZR is an MG branded "hot hatch" version of the Rover 25, produced by MG Rover Group from 2001 to 2005. Compared to the Rover 25, the ZR featured a number of styling modifications and performance enhancements, such as updated sports suspension, less baffled exhaust and body kit.
The MG ZR was one of Britain's most popular sporting hatchbacks throughout its production life, and in 2004, it was MG Rover Group's best-selling car. The ZR proved particularly popular with young buyers who were attracted by deals such as free insurance and discounts that were the equivalent of VAT. This was the first time that any MG product had been the most popular of any of the many products sold by the various company incarnations that had owned the MG marque.
The MG Express was produced alongside the MG ZR as a car derived van. It had the same trim options and running gear as the MG ZR, with a reinforced load space floor and bulkhead fitted instead of the rear seats, the rear side windows were also replaced with bonded panels. A total of 317 Express vans were produced over the life span of ZR production
In January 2004, the ZR was facelifted with the rest of the MG Rover range, the new design was created by Peter Stevens, who also designed the McLaren F1. A new, more modern look was given to the car through new front and rear bumpers, headlights, tailgate, and various other exterior features.
The 2004 model also received a revised interior with new seat materials and a new dashboard design incorporating soft touch buttons. This gave the ZR a far more modern feel and matched the clean, more angular lines of the exterior.
The facelifted ZR also saw the introduction of the special edition Trophy and Trophy SE models. The MG ZR Trophy features a sunroof, 16 inch 'Grid spoke' alloy wheels, new rear light clusters, leather steering wheel, and side sill and rear bumper extensions. The Trophy SE features 17 inch 'Straights' alloy wheels and has air conditioning in the place of a sunroof.
Under the Monogram program introduced by MG Rover, buyers could also select a wide range of options to customize their ZR, such as choosing from a wide wide range of at cost paint colours including twilight, bittersweet and biomorphic green to name but a few, along with optional extras from the Rover 25 list such as rear parking sensors or heated seats.
Years Model Engine Power Torque Top Speed 0-62mph (0-100km/h) Economy
2001–2005 1.4 105 Manual 1,396 cc – L4 – NA 103 PS (76 kW; 102 hp) 123 N⋅m (91 lb⋅ft) 111 mph (179 km/h) 10.0 s 41.3 mpg imp (6.84 l/100 km)
2001–2005 1.8 120 Manual 1,796 cc – L4 – NA 117 PS (86 kW; 115 hp) 160 N⋅m (118 lbf⋅ft) 119 mph (192 km/h) 8.6 s 29.8 mpg imp (9.5 l/100 km)
2001–2005 1.8 120 Steptronic 1,796 cc – L4 – NA 117 PS (86 kW; 115 hp) 160 N-m (118 lbf-ft) 112 mph (180 km/h) 9.5 s 34.7 mpg imp (8.1 l/100 km)
2001–2005 1.8 160 VVC Manual 1,796 cc – L4 – NA 160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp) 174 N⋅m (128 lb⋅ft) 131 mph (211 km/h) 7.4 s 37.6 mpg imp (7.51 l/100 km)
Years Model Engine Power Torque Top Speed 0-62mph (0-100km/h) Economy
2001–2005 2.0 TD Manual 1,994 cc – L4 – TC 101 PS (74 kW; 100 hp) 240 N⋅m (177 lbf⋅ft) 114 mph (183 km/h) 9.7 s 53.8 mpg imp (5.25 l/100 km)
2001–2005 2.0 TD 115 Manual 1,994 cc – L4 – TC 113 PS (83 kW; 111 hp) 260 N⋅m (192 lbf⋅ft) 116 mph (187 km/h) 9.1 s 51.5 mpg imp