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2009 MG TF LE500

2009 MG TF LE500
2009 MG TF LE500 Specifications
LayoutFront Engine, RWD
Transmission5 Speed Manual
Displacement1.8 Liters
Engine TypeDOHC 16 Valve Inline 4
Horsepower135 PS (133 bhp) @ 6750 rpm
Torque165 NM (122 lb-ft. ) @5000 rpm
Bore X Stroke80.0 mm x 89.3 mm
Wheelbase2375 mm
Length3943 mm
Height1249 mm
Wheels (F)195/45 R16 7Jx16
Wheels (R)215/40 R16 7Jx16
Fuel Economy35.8 mpg combined
Base Price: 2009 MG TF LE500 - 16,399 (approx. $32,800 USD)

MG TF LE500: Will This Capable Small Sports Car Win the Hearts of U.K. MG Enthusiasts?

Following the collapse of the MG Rover company and the British sports car company's purchase by Nanjing Automobile Group in 2005, MG engineers have been hard at work on the release of a new MG TF LE500, the small British sports roadster that most closely follows the tradition set out by the classic MG sports cars of the 1960s and 1970s

The 2009 MG TF LE500 is finally in the final stages of production, and pricing and official specs have been released for the new roadster, set to be delivered to MG dealers this September.

The TF LE500 styling is somewhat of a departure for MG from the classic lines of their sports roadsters. Elements of the MG TF Limited Edition look more German,think Mercedes Benz,than British. Still, the classic MG look is present, and the definitive small British sports car should prove exciting and fun to drive once again.

Build quality has always been sketchy with MG roadsters, and it remains to be seen whether the 2009 MG TF LE500 will stand up to the brutal beatings its target audience are bound to give its motor and drivetrain. MG, under the direction of Nanjing, has been hard at work in production of the TF LE500 and other new MG models, in attempt to build trust in the brand once again with sports car enthusiasts from the United Kingdom and around the world.

One thing the TF LE500 has going for it is the base price. At £16,399 the new MG small sports car is priced under its direct competitors, and while it won't win too many drag races in stock trim, the LE500 is a capable and exciting automobile in the British sports car tradition.


[MG Press Release]

With deliveries of the new MG TF Limited Edition due to commence in September, NAC MG UK Ltd have today, 2nd July 2008, set the price of this new sportscar at £16,399 on the road.

Sales and Marketing Director for NAC MG UK Ltd, Gary Hagen, said; "We are delighted to be able to bring in such a highly specified car at such a reasonable price. When you consider the level of specification that comes with the LE500, the package is extremely competitive."

A new look, upgraded engine and a host of design refinements and extras have brought the MG bang up to date. A body coloured hardtop, sports styled leather seats and a piano black interior give the car a stylish new look.

The mid car configuration for the 1.8 16v EU4 compliant 136ps engine combines with rear wheel drive to ensure the LE500 delivers an authentic British sportscar driving experience. Parking sensors, a Pioneer MP3 compatible CD / radio unit and last but not least unique LE500 badging, graphics & trim complete the package. Full details of the specification are available at

Gary concluded; "The backing of SAIC, China's largest car maker, and the fact the LE 500 has been designed, engineered and is being built in the UK, will play a major role in the car's success.

"When it was last available, the MG was the UK's best selling small sports car. We are confident that the indicated demand for the return of the marque from dealers, enthusiasts and most importantly new customers will see it reclaim that position".


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