MG has joined forces with Birmingham-based BSA Guns and will be showing a range of its latest cars at the British Shooting and Countryman Show this weekend.
A special black MG6 GT carrying the livery of BSA will be the centrepiece of a four car display in Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, on Saturday and Sunday.
Two more MG6 GT DTi-TECH diesel models, which are the latest models to be added to the MG range, will also be on view along with a stunning MG6 GT BTCC Edition, a model launched to celebrate MG’s successful return to British Touring Car Championship racing.
The DTi-TECH diesel-powered MG6 GT is the second major development in the modern MG story and is powered by a 1.9-litre turbo unit - the first diesel engine from MG’s parent company, SAIC Motor.
Common rail direct injection and a variable-rate turbocharger mean that the MG6 DTi-TECH diesel has the latest engine technology. And unique to the diesel versions are Stop-Start technology, which improves economy by a further 5%, and Smart Charging. This is a system which saves energy by only supplying power to certain electrical components when it is actually needed.
Design and engineering development of the new MG6 DTi-TECH diesel, like the petrol versions, was carried out at the MG Birmingham site, home of SAIC’s European Design and Technical Centres. Final assembly also takes place at the Birmingham factory.
The new 1.9-litre DTi-TECH variable rate turbocharged diesel engine delivers 150PS. That gives an impressive 0-62mph time of just 8.9 seconds and a maximum speed of 120mph.
The DTi-TECH diesel really stands out by offering the highest pulling power (350Nm of torque) with the lowest insurance group (14E and 15E) in the market.
Prices for MG6 DTi-TECH diesels start from £16,995. Petrol versions start from £15,455. Generous £3,000 minimum trade-in allowances can be made on MG6 petrol models.
The special MG6 BTCC Edition celebrates MG’s hugely successful return to Britain’s favourite saloon car racing series. Jason Plato clinched an amazing third place in the championship last year after taking the chequered flag six times in the season.
The road-going MG6 BTCC Edition is on sale with a distinctive list of 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 for just £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 facia.
Power from the BTCC Edition is from the 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine delivering 160 PS 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.
The British Shooting and Countryman Show is claimed to be the biggest event of its kind in Europe and this year moved to Stoneleigh having outgrown its previous home in Newark. Thousands of people are expected to attend over the weekend.
BSA Guns UK is based in Small Heath, Birmingham and the firm can trace its history back to 1861. The company will be one of the key exhibitors at the Stoneleigh show.
Simon Moore, BSA’s Managing Director said; “This is a fantastic partnership between MG and BSA Guns. Being two iconic British brands, both of which have long and established engineering and manufacturing relationship with Birmingham, it’s great to be working together.
“As a former Apprentice Engineer at Longbridge it’s a wonderful opportunity to unite these two great brands, both of whom I am privileged to be associated with.”
Dave Clark, a Sales Executive at the MG Sales Centre in Lowhill lane, Longbridge, Birmingham, said: “If you are an outdoors, sporty type and need to carry lots of kit, the MG6 could be just the kind of car you’re looking for. It’s got the biggest boot space in its class but also has a large, comfortable cabin area for five adults.”
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