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CAR OF THE MONTH 143: December 2019
1989 MG Maestro Turbo

1989 MG Maestro Turbo
The MG Maestro was produced from 1983 until 1991, starting life with the troublesome 1.6-litre R-series engine, soon replaced by the even shorter-lived S-series.  It was relaunched in October 1984 with a 2.0-litre engine and electronic fuel injection as the EFi model, which proved much more satisfactory and became a serious rival for the VW Golf GTi and Ford Escort XR3i of the same period.  However, at the Birmingham Motor Show in late 1988, Rover Group announced a limited edition (500 plus 5 Press cars) MG Maestro Turbo, available to the public from 1989.  The combination of single SU carburettor with a Garret T3 turbo charger produced 150bhp, giving a top speed of 132mph and a 0-60mph time of 6.7s.  Cars were assembled at Rover's Cowley factory before being shipped to Tickford's Bedworth plant for addition of a special bodykit and graphics.  At the time, it was the fastest MG road car ever produced.  This 30-year-old example was spotted at the 2019 Birmingham Motor Show.  
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