MG F Mark I
The Mark I version of the MG F was first launched in 1995 by Rover and it featured a 1.8 litre 16 valve engine of K-Series vintage. This appeared in two forms, a basic version that featured 118 bhp and a variable valve control version that was more powerful, peaking at 145 bhp. The mark I MG F was lovingly crafted by the Rover Special Projects group who oversaw the entire project from start to finish, including dealing with all external contractors who assisted with the development of the MG F. The initial design of the mark I MG F was penned by Steve Harper at MGA Developments and he took inspiration from Jaguars and Ferraris of the time. The design was then modified and refined at Rover and turned into the vehicle we know and love today.
MG F Mark II
By 1999 it was felt that there was more potential in the existing MG F design so it was felt that many aspects of the vehicle would be sent to the drawing board to be re-designed. This resulted in a brand new interior for the MG F mark II, along with a variety of changes to the styling making the vehicle appear more aggressive. New alloys were included as standard with the new MG F and a more powerful 160 bhp engine was offered with a vastly reduced 0-60 mph time. This powerful version was a limited edition and as such was only in existence for a short time, however it remains much sought after by collectors. There was even an automatic version of the MG F introduced in order to broaden the appeal of the vehicle, and it went from strength to strength despite changes of ownership of the parent company.
In 2002 a brand new MG TF was released, this modified MG F took its named from the classic TF vehicle produced from the 1930's to the 1950's. A number of mechanical changes seperate the MG TF from the F, including the deletion of the hydragas fusion suspension in order to include more traditional coiled springs in the design, and a new camshaft system that allowed more power to be produced than in previous iterations of the car. The body of the MF TF was some 20% stiffer in order to improve handling, and a new air induction system was included as standard. There were a number of aesthetic changes to the MG TF as well including a new front end that gave the vehicle much more charachter and personality, and safety features were improved wherever possible in order to secure a 4 star NCAP rating.