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MG adds Trophy to collection

Power up: The MGF Trophy has 17kW more power than the standard car.

The MGF cops the power-up treatment and the looks to go with it

1 Oct 2001

MG Rover Australia has launched the power-up MGF Trophy 160 roadster in Australia, just in time for the Sydney Motor Show starting October 12.

Priced at $54, 990, the Trophy 160 is named after the amount of power it produces in PS terms.

In more familiar kilowatts, it comes out at 117kW - more than 10 per cent up on the VVC model, which at $49,990, was the previous range flagship.

The Trophy's extra power is liberated courtesy of a tuned version of the 1.8-litre variable valve timing engine, with a wide bore exhaust system, larger valves and new manifolds. Peak power is produced at a hefty 7000rpm, with peak torque of 174Nm chiming in at 4500rpm.

MG Rover claims a top speed of 220km/h and a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 7.6 seconds.

The Hydragas suspension has been upgraded with competition-based spring and damper rates and a 20mm lower ride height, while the braking system is upgraded with 304mm ventilated front discs and bright red aluminium callipers.

A new design 16-inch alloy wheel is standard with 195/45 tyres at the front and 215/40 rubber at the rear.

MG Rover has naturally paid attention to the dress-up aspects of the 160 as well, with a new bib spoiler and rear deck spoiler, as well as two unique colours - Trophy Yellow and Trophy Blue - bright mesh for the grille and side intakes and black bezels around the headlights.

Inside there are new body-coloured inserts in the door trims, centre console and sections of the leather steering wheel. Unique to this model is a leather and fabric seat treatment incorporating "Trophy 160" badging.

Standard equipment includes air-conditioning, remote central locking with alarm and a six-speaker CD audio system.

The Trophy will be joined in Sydney on the MG Rover Australia stand by the Rover 75 Tourer (wagon), the 25-based ZR "hot hatch" and 75-based ZT "sports sedan".

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