11. MG ZT 260
American buyers will always remember MG for its line of affordable, cool-looking roadsters which were quite common in the 60’s and 70’s. And they are still great summer cruisers. But in Europe, MG tried to enter the performance market in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. So they used Rover-based models they equipped with more power and numerous go-fast add-ons.
The MG ZT 260 was the best model from this period and quite an interesting car from an engineering point of view. Rover, MG’s parent company in those days, was producing the elegant, somewhat popular 75 sedans. They modernly engineered it as a front-wheel drive four-door. MG’s engineers realized they needed much more power, as well as a rear-wheel drive layout to present a proper performance model.
So, they fully re-engineered the FWD Rover 75 into a rear-wheel drive MG ZT 260, fabricating different components and the suspension setup. The next piece of the puzzle was the engine, so MG sourced 4.6-liter V8 units from Ford. It delivered 260 HP and a fantastic soundtrack.
Despite its four-door form, the MG ZT 260 was a proper V8-powered muscle car with elegant design and capable performance. It’s too bad they only sold it in Europe. They discontinued it after a few years, as well as the Rover and MG brands.