What a great day - a nice blast to Warwickshire in Buster and the chance to get up close and personal with the new MG - and boy, does this car deserve it's badge!
Our group was the one of the luckiest, we had to wait to go and play until the end of the afternoon - the tyres and tarmac had been warmed and it was a superb climax to the day.
After spending the first few hours going back through the history of MG and the rationale and heritage behind the new models, we moved onto the technical poking and prodding stage and yes, I agree a V6 would certainly fit under the bonnet, maybe even a compact V8.
A well made, nicely presented and good looking car, I don't think any of the photos I have previously seen really did it justice. Paint work looked deep and lustrous, panel gaps spot on and the interior trim and equipment on the TSE is amazing for a car priced under £20,000.
On the track? Nah, you wouldn't want to know...
An absolute bloody scream! The engine performs brilliantly, even power through the rev range, no detectable turbo lag, agile, positive, responsive and sure-footed. We were all pushing the car hard within the limited 3 laps of the high speed circuit and I don't think anyone could fail to be impressed at how well the 6 was performing especially when considering it was 'three up'.
The skid pan showed off it's traction control system brilliantly - it just would not let go and got the car pointing back in the direction you wanted in an incredibly reassuring manner.
The Adverse handling had us braking from 70 to 0 in about 30-40 feet, whilst switching lanes - I cannot explain how it didn't matter how brutally you stamped on the pedal and how harshly turn the wheel - the car ended up in the next lane, looking and feeling composed and controlled. I'm still struggling with the sheer physics to be honest! a 20ft gapped slalom finished this area and pushing the 6 through at around 40 mph, it was the car's handling that kept us glued to the road, the electronics sat back and waited.
Tucked down the back of the main circuit is their 'Adverse handling circuit'. A torturously twisty, 2nd gear test bed - originally devised for the Subaru rally cars. It felt like you were throwing the MG6 down a country lane (single track), but I just couldn't get over the grip... even if you entered the corner thinking you'd overcooked it, the nose just swung round and headed off where you instructed.
Admittedly the tyre noise by the end of this torture, was starting to build, not made any better when the MG 'Stig' took us around the same circuit at mind numbing speeds with liberal use of the 'turning lever'.
Tyres shot, brakes smoking, it was time to call it a day, but what a day.
Very impressed - if this is an indication of the direction of the new MG and a demonstration of their build, then they are going to be around for a good lot longer.
Top marks MG - your people and car have me convinced.