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MG stuns show crowds with super-fast surprises

MG Rover has nailed its sporting credentials to the mast with the surprise unveiling of two blisteringly fast cars.

The show saw the manufacturer reveal the MG ZT XPower 385, a super-saloon based on the Rover 75, that accelerates to 60mph in less than 5 seconds, and charges on to a top speed of 175mph, thanks to a 385bhp, 4.6-litre V8 engine. The rear-wheel drive saloon will go into production in the middle of next year, with sub-£40,000 pricing.

But the ultimate halo over the MG Rover ranges will be cast by a supercar codenamed the MG X80, which has evolved from the Qvale Mangusta that MG Rover acquired in June.

This goes on sale next June, and will be powered by a 4.6-litre V8 engine, with power outputs ranging from 260bhp to 385bhp. 'Entry level' models should cost less than £50,000. The first three weeks on sale of MG's Z range (including the MGF) indicate that these performance derivatives will account for about 25% of the manufacturer's sales.

Recent months have seen fleets such as Compass and John Menzies return MG and Rover to company car choice lists.

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