The MG ZT Saloon and ZTT Tourer were introduced in 2001 and were a significant development of the award-winning Rover 75 models, which were only two years old. The MG versions featured a very sporty chassis, reinforced brakes, individual engine specifications, a sporty gearbox and bespoke exterior and interior treatments to create a true MG and individual character. This clearly differentiated it from the Rover 75 range.
Initially, it was only available with the 2.5-litre KV6 engine in two variants: with 190 hp and 245 Nm of torque, or with 160 hp and 230 Nm.
From mid-2002, the model variants and options were drastically expanded. The model range was expanded to include 1800 cc 4-cylinder K-series engines with 120Ps and 160Ps, as well as diesel and car models.
The diesel ZT was initially available with the same engine and transmission used in the Rover 75 diesel models. This engine was a modern 2-litre twin-cam, 16-valve turbocharged engine with modern common-rail fuel injection, manufactured by BMW. Versions of this engine were also used in BMW 3 Series models and the Land Rover Freelander TD4. An XPower conversion with a modified ECU later increased power to 131 hp and 300 Nm of torque.
There were different trim levels, first the base model and the “+” (Plus) model, then an additional top trim “SE” was introduced, which eventually replaced the “+” trim. The ZT was a modern car in its day and has a wide range of electronic options hidden in a complex electronic system in the car.