MG is so pleased about its successful return to the British motor racing scene that is putting a special edition of the MG6 on sale to celebrate BTCC success.
Jason Plato ensured third place in this year’s MSA Dunlop British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in the final round of the year, which took place at Brands Hatch. This was the final success of an amazing season in which he took the chequered flag no less than six times in the first year of racing for the MG6.
Although not quite as powerful as the racing version, the MG6 GT BTCC Edition should prove a lot more comfortable and practical. Standard features including matt black roof and 18-inch alloy wheels with black gloss sills, door mirror covers, lower front air dam, rear bumper and rear spoiler and the choice of Arctic White or Union Blue paint finishes. And the price? £16,995.
The front grille proudly sports a BTCC badge and there are distinctive MG KX Momentum Racing team colours decals on the bonnet extension, front doors and wings behind the new chrome wing vent. BTCC Edition graphics are highlighted on the sills and also inside the car on the passenger fascia.
Power comes from a 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine delivering 160PS and 0 to 62mph in 8.4 seconds with a top speed electronically limited to 120mph. Yet the car has a Group 14E insurance rating.
Standard equipment includes built-in full colour European satellite navigation (including a lifetime subscription to Trafficmaster), sports driver and front passenger seats, Dunlop Sport 225/45R 18-inch performance tyres, electronic hill hold function, power folding electrically heated exterior mirrors, iTPMS tyre monitoring system, rear parking sensors, front fog lights, cruise control, CD audio with USB and auxiliary inputs for MP3/Ipod connectivity and a leather covered multifunction steering wheel.
Despite its sporting credentials, the BTCC Special Edition is surprisingly practical for everyday use with a huge class-leading boot and rear folding seats to give a massive 1,379 litre cargo capacity.
The cars are covered by a full AA European roadside assistance package for three years, have a three year/60,000 mile manufacturers warranty and the UK dealer network has direct support from the MG Birmingham factory.
Customers who purchase one before December 31 will also receive a pair of VIP hospitality tickets to a 2013 race with a full hospitality package, including a grid walk and pit lane experience, and an MG KX Momentum team jacket and hat.
Guy Jones, MG Motor UK’s sales and marketing director, said: “We are delighted to be back at the pinnacle of British motorsport in BTCC with the MGKX Momentum team. It has been a great first season for MG and the team and the BTCC Edition is designed to celebrate our return to top level motorsport. The MG6 BTCC Edition turns heads and delivers a great road-going driving experience at a price position that offers outstanding value for money. The class leading 14E insurance group makes this compelling new package available to a wide range of drivers.”