MG Metro Turbo

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Description

The Metro is a city car that was produced by British Leyland (BL) and, later, the Rover Group from 1980 to 1998. It was launched in 1980 as the Austin Mini Metro. It was intended to complement and eventually replace the Mini, and was developed under the codename LC8.

At the October 1982 Birmingham Motor Show the MG Metro Turbo variant was first shown. With a quoted bhp of 93, 0–60 mph in 8.9 seconds, and top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h) this car had few direct competitors at the time. This model had a few addition modifications bolted on over the normally aspirated MG model to give an additional 21 bhp. Aside from the turbocharger and exhaust system itself, and what was (at the time) a relatively sophisticated boost delivery and control system, the MG Turbo variant incorporated stiffer suspension (purportedly with engineering input from Lotus), and an uprated crankshaft of nitrided steel and sodium-cooled exhaust valves. While it retained rear drums, the front disc brakes were changed to ventilated units.

Visually, the car featured alloy wheels, black wheel arch extensions, blacked out trim, a rear spoiler surrounding the windshield, and prominent “TURBO” decals.  A facelift in late 1984 saw revised styling modifications to the Metro’s front end including much need colour coding such as body coloured bumpers on MG versions, wider suspension subframes, along with a new dashboard design featuring the switches and instruments from the Maestro and Montego. Inside, the variant featured a “sporty” interior with red seat belts, red carpets, a sports-style steering wheel and an LCD boost pressure gauge.

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Additional information

Model

MG Metro Turbo

Production

1983-1985

Segment

B

Doors

3

Layout

FWD

Engine Displacement

1275 cm3

Cylinders

L4

Induction

Turbocharged

Fuel

Gasoline

Fuel System

Power (hp)

94

Power (kw)

70

Power (@rpm)

@6130 rpm

Torque (Nm)

118

Torque (@rpm)

@2650 rpm

0-100km/h

9,4

Top Speed (km/h)

177 km/h

Top Speed (mph)

110 mph

Consumption (lt/100km)

7,0

CO2 (g/km)

Gearbox

4 MT

Weight

840 kg

Length

3406 mm

Width

1565 mm

Height

1359 mm

Wheelbase

2250 mm

Front Track

1313 mm

Rear Track

1285 mm

Boot Space

Tire Size

165/60 R13

Front Brakes

213 mm Ventilated Discs

Rear Brakes

Drum