After 15 years of drop top history, the MG TF - a mid-engined, rear wheel drive roadster car - will be discontinued in order to make room for the future MG6 and MG3 supermini. MG even announced that the final units have already been sent to dealers, although that seems to be debatable.
"There’s a discussion as to whether that was the last batch," said a spokesman for MG, referring to the production run of 155 cars earlier this year. "It’s always been on the cards. We can’t say for sure, but it’s largely driven by market forces."
In its place, MG will start producing an MG6 sedan and a MG3 based on the Zero concept. The supermini will be offered with 1.3 and 1.5-liter engines.
The MG TF may have one foot in the grave, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead yet. In fact, the roadster has seen its end before in 2005, only to be brought back two years later. This next resuscitation may take a little longer because MG will only consider bringing back the cabrio after the "brand is re-established," but it will still come. Previous rumors suggested that a new TF would be ready for the 2014 model year .
MG is preparing to unveil two new of its light weight mid engine sports cars. The first new MG TF will be an entry level version called the TF 135, priced at £13,511. The sporty little MG will get a 1.8 Liter 16v K-series engine that makes 135 HP, hence the TF 135.
The second is a special edition that marks MG’s 85th anniversary. This is a very special car and will be available in three distinct colors, complete with 85th anniversary graphics on the outside and stunning aubergine leather trim on the interior.
MG announced prices for the TF LE500: 16,399 pounds (20,700 euros). Sales will begin in September. The price of the two-seater sports car will include a body-colored hardtop, air conditioning and parking sensors.
MG will also introduce an entry-level TF that will substantially undercut the Mazda’s price.
The new MG TF will make its debut around 2010 and will replace the TF – production of which is back on track at MG Rover’s old home of Longbridge in the West Midlands. Based on the current Roewe 550 compact hatch, which made its debut at the Beijing Motor Show, the future TF will be available in both coupe and convertible version.
The new TF takes some of its styling inspiration from the MG SV supercar and X80 concept. Those models were both based on the Mangusta – a sports car from Italian maker Qvale, which MG Rover bought in 2001.
The 2010 TF will be based on a rear-wheel-drive platform developed in conjunction with British engineering expert Ricardo and will be powered by MG Rover-based engines – including a 1.8-litre turbo and 2.5-litre V6.
MG TF is all about capturing that elusive magic intimacy with the road. A free-spirited car, individual and distinctive. It sums up your attitude to life. MG TF is a mid-engined, rear wheel drive two-seater. Pure in design and intent, it offers free-revving engines with up to 160 hp, precision handling and real ride quality. Put the top down; whoop, holler and revel in the feeling of freedom. The serious fun starts here.