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        MGF and MGTF Hardtop


History of the MGF
MG sports car enthusiasts were bereft for 12 years after 1980, when the Abingdon factory was closed down, bringing MGB production to a halt. The name was kept alive on MG versions of Metro, Maestro and Montego in the 1980s, but hints of greater things to come arrived with the 1992 MG RV8, a special low-volume commemoration of the MGB. The RV8 was built using a restyled MGB bodyshell produced by British Motor Heritage, who had been producing the regular MGB bodyshell since 1988. With many sold in Japan as well as the UK, the RV8 set the scene for an MG two-seater renaissance.

In 1995 came the long-awaited return of MG open top motoring, in the form of the MGF. Excitingly-styled, with an ideal mid-engine layout, and new 1.8 litre versions of the Rover K Series all-alloy twin cam engine, the MGF was by far the most technically advanced MG sports car yet. It was also the first car to offer the 145 Ps VVC version of the 1.8 litre K Series unit, with its ingenious progressively variable valve timing. Heritage became involved in providing bespoke trim packages for the MGF, together with a special hardtop as an alternative to the factory option.

A great success from day one, the MGF became the best selling sports car in Britain for six years, totalling over 40,000 sales, with another 37,000 going to export.

MG Rover updated the MGF in February 2002, with engineering enhancements including new coil spring suspension, together with sharpened styling, to create the modern MG TF. Heritage continues to offer their high quality hardtop, which fits both MGF and MG TF.

Did you know? The bore and stroke dimensions (80 x 89.3 mm) of the 1.8 K Series engine used in the MGF and TF are almost identical to those of the MGB 1.8 B Series. The technology moves on, but the ideal proportions for torque and usable power remain the same!