MG ZT/ZT-T

The MG ZT is the sports variant of the Rover 75 and was produced by MG Rover Group from 2001 to 2005. It was offered in saloon and estate versions, the latter designated as the MG ZT-T. Various modifications from the Rover 75 were made, most noticeably the wheels and tyres, along with sportier suspension set up.
In 2001, three years after the launch of the Rover 75, and less than a year after the demerger of MG Rover Group from BMW, the MG ZT and MG ZT-T were launched. During the cars' development, the models were codenamed X10 and X11, for the saloon and estate versions, respectively.
The basic shape and styling of the MG ZT remained the same as for the Rover 75, but with changes to the front bumper, now with an integrated grille, and detail alterations including colour coding of the chromed waistline, a new bootlid plinth, and different alloy wheels and tyres sizes.
The interior featured revised seats and dashboard treatment, with new instrument faces. Engineering changes ranged, from upgraded suspension and brakes to revised engine tuning (from the Rover 75) for the petrol models. Development of the MG ZT was headed by Rob Oldaker, Product Development Director, with styling changes undertaken by Peter Stevens, who was previously responsible for the styling of the McLaren F1 and X180 version of the Lotus Esprit.
The MG ZT only had one trim level, though the standard car could be ordered with a "Plus" pack. MG ZT models were named after engine unit power output ie a 160ps V6 model was a MG ZT 160, and a 190ps V6 model with a "Plus" pack was a MG ZT 190+. The MG ZT differed in this way to the other new MG models launched at the same time, as its high-power version could be purchased as a standard spec. The top power MG ZR 160 and MG ZS 180 were specd to "plus" spec as standard. This only changed with the facelift of 2004 when 190 models were 190+ or 190+ SE.
The first models launched were both V6 engined versions, the 160ps and the 190ps. The 160ps used a detuned by software, 177ps unit as found in the Rover 75. The 190ps used a unique version of the KV6 with different camshafts as well as air intake and throttle body changes.
In January 2002, the next model to be launched was the 180 Auto. This model used a 177ps KV6, but with 190 cam timing and 190 throttle modifications. Then in around August 2002, the diesel models were launched with a 116ps M47R unit. Customers could purchase a Xpower software upgrade, which would increase power to 131ps. In around July 2003, the 120 models were launched. These were powered by the 1.8litre K16 unit. At around the same time, the 160 models started to use the 1.8 litre turbocharged version of the K16 unit, and the detuned V6 was dropped. In around October 2003, the much awaited V8 power MG ZT 260 model was launched.
During the first few months of 2004, MG Rover facelifted the design of the ZT and ZT-T to a less retro look, at the same time as the Rover 75 received a facelift. The facelift didn't feature much in the way mechanical differences to the ZT, most changes were merely aesthetic and the main changes to the facelift, included the replacement of the twin headlamps, with a new, clear single headlamp unit.
Performance
PETROL
Years Model Size/layout PS kW HP N⋅m lb⋅ft Top Speed ZT / ZT-T 0-62 mph (0–100 km/h) ZT / ZT-T
2003–2005 1.8 120 Manual 1798 cc I4 120 PS 88 kW 118hp 160 N⋅m 118 lbf⋅ft 121 mph (195 km/h) / 119 mph (192 km/h) 10.9 s / 11.3 s
2003–2005 1.8 T 160 Manual 1798 cc turbo I4 160 PS 118 kW 158 hp 215 N⋅m 159 lbf⋅ft 132 mph (212 km/h) / 130 mph (209 km/h) 8.5 s / 8.9 s
2002–2005 2.5 V6 180 Automatic 2498 cc V6 177 PS 130 kW 175 hp 240 N⋅m 177 lbf⋅ft 134 mph (216 km/h) / 132 mph (212 km/h) 8.9 s / 9.3 s
2001–2005 2.5 V6 190 Manual 2498 cc V6 190 PS 140 kW 187 hp 245 N⋅m 181 lb⋅ft 140 mph (225 km/h) / 137 mph (220 km/h) 7.7 s / 8.2 s
2003–2005 4.6 V8 260 Manual 4601 cc V8 260 PS 191 kW 256 hp 410 N⋅m 302 lbf⋅ft 155 mph (249 km/h) / 153 mph (246 km/h) 6.2 s / 6.3 s
2003-2005 4.6 V8 260 Automatic 4601 cc V8 260 PS 191 kW 256 hp 410 N⋅m 302 lbf⋅ft 151 mph (243 km/h) 7.0 s
DIESEL
Years Model Size/layout PS kW HP N⋅m lb⋅ft Top Speed ZT / ZT-T 0-62 mph (0–100 km/h) ZT / ZT-T
2002–2005 2.0 CDTi 120 Manual 1951 cc CDTi I4 116 PS 85 kW 114 hp 260 N⋅m 192 lbf⋅ft 120 mph (193 km/h) / 115 mph (185 km/h) 11.0 s / 11.5 s
2002–2005 2.0 CDTi 120 Automatic 1951 cc CDTi I4 116 PS 85 kW 114 hp 260 N⋅m 192 lbf⋅ft 118 mph (190 km/h) / 112 mph (180 km/h) 12.2 s / 12.6 s
2002–2005 2.0 CDTi 135 Manual 1951 cc CDTi I4 131 PS 96 kW 129 hp 300 N⋅m 221 lbf⋅ft 121 mph (195 km/h) / 119 mph (192 km/h) 10.3 s / 10.6 s
2002–2005 2.0 CDTi 135 Automatic 1951 cc CDTi I4 131 PS 96 kW 129 hp 300 N⋅m 221 lbf⋅ft 118 mph (190 km/h) / 117 mph (188 km/h) 11.0 s / 11.4 s