Car of the Month
CAR OF THE MONTH 143: December 2019
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.