FAST ESTATES: MG ZT-T V8
In some ways, whether the V8 MG is any good or not is beside the point - the fact that it exists at all makes it simply marvellous. It's a real two-fingered salute to the world from an engineering department of a dying company keen to prove that they could still produce decent cars even on a shoestring budget.
The very same word also tells us that the electronic speed limiter was little more than a genius marketing ploy because, with the electronic 155mph restriction removed, the big MG would do, er, 155mph...
It perhaps doesn't feel like the most modern of cars - the chunky clutch, old-school Tremec gearbox and gruff-but-lovely 4.6-litre Ford lump see to that - but it's solid, honest, pretty quick, and sounds lovely.
It even handles moderately adroitly. You wouldn't call it agile or sprightly, but it does what you tell it, when you tell it to, and with a fair degree of enthusiasm.
Jeremy: "It sounds fab and looks like great fun. A lunatic-mobile - which is exactly what a fast estate should be"
Smita: "Weirdly, it reminds me of an old Alpina B7 turbo I used to have - it feels very stable at speed"
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