MG is launching an MG6 BTCC Special Edition to celebrate its hugely successful return to saloon car racing.
The MG6 GT BTCC Special Edition will be unveiled at the final round of the 2012 MSA Dunlop British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch this weekend where MG's Jason Plato is fighting for the championship.
Plato, in his MG KX Momentum Racing team MG6 GT, is currently second in the rankings and just 15 points behind leader Gordon Shedden as the fight for the title goes down to the line.
It's been an amazing season for Plato and the MG team in what was supposed to be just a "learning year" in MG's return to top level racing. This weekend's final three races will see Plato in a four-way fight for the title between Shedden and his team-mate Matt Neal and Andrew Jordon, who are all in Hondas.
Plato, who has won the BTCC championship twice before, clinched his titles at the fast and demanding Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.
Against this dramatic backdrop MG will unveil the new road-going MG6 BTCC Special Edition with its striking livery and distinctive Racing matt black roof and Racing matt black 18-inch alloy wheels.
The new car is based on the award-winning MG6 GT and will really stand out from the crowd. Every BTCC Special Edition will also have Racing black gloss sills, door mirror covers, lower front air dam and rear spoiler.
The front grille proudly sports a BTCC badge and a distinctive multi-coloured MG KX Momentum Racing team decal is on the bonnet extension panel above the front grille, on the fastback boot lid and on the front doors and wings just behind the chrome wing vent.
BTCC Edition graphics are highlighted on the sills and also inside the car on the passenger facia.
Power from the BTCC Special Edition is from the 1.8-litre turbo petrol model of the standard car and delivers 160 PSI to give a 0 to 62mph of 8.4 seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 120mph. Yet the car has a Group 14E insurance rating.
The BTCC Special Edition has a very high level of standard equipment including sports driver and front passenger seats, Dunlop Sport 225/45R 18 performance tyres, iTPMS tyre monitoring system, integrated full colour satellite navigation (including a lifetime subscription to Trafficmaster), air conditioning, rear parking sensors, front fog lights, cruise control, an electronic hill hold function, power folding electrically heated exterior mirrors, 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 400 litre cargo capacity.
The cars are covered by a full AA European roadside assistance package for three years, has a three year/60,000 mile manufacturers warranty and the UK dealer network has direct support from the MG Birmingham factory.
Jason Plato said: "It should be quite a weekend. I'm going to give it everything I've got. Ian Harrison and all the team at Triple 888 have done a great job with the race car and the timing for the launch of MG's new BTCC Special Edition is brilliant.
"I'm planning to be on hand to whip the covers off and show the new car to the world as long as my busy weekend programme permits. Anyway, it's going to be a great weekend for all of us."
Guy Jones, MG Motor UK's Sales & Marketing Director, said: "Coming back to BTCC racing was a huge gamble for us. But with Jason's fantastic driving skills, the huge enthusiasm of the whole MG KX Momentum Racing team and the backing of key sponsors such as Tesco Fuels and Castrol, we've had a sensational season.
"Our success on the track cried out for a special road-going MG6 car for MG fans to celebrate our return to one of the most popular race series in the world."
The car is available in blue and white and can’t be purchased in conjunction with the fuel and trade in offers.
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