ZS facts and figures
MG ZS is available in both 5-door hatchback and 4-door saloon body style, and features the 2.5-litre KV6 engine with manual transmission or the 1.8-litre lightweight K Series engine with the option of selectable Stepspeed CVT.
Two derivatives are available; the ZS 120 and the ZS 180. Each feature a sports character that, say the company '… has been engineered throughout, to transform the driving feel.'
The body-coloured MG grille distinguishes the exterior style, with bright mesh air intakes and many body-colour linked features. Styled 16" and 17" alloy wheels provide an indication of the performance available.
The interior has special colour co-ordinated sports seats, Rhodium silver fascia detailing and silver instrumentation. The MG sports steering wheel and gearshift use an alloy and leather combination design. ZS 180 versions are specified in black perforated leather, with matching gearshift and handbrake gaiter.
The KV6 is one of the shortest V6 packages around and with a 90o V, ideally suited to the ZS's front wheel drive application. It inherits the light weight packaging of the revolutionary K-Series design and is one of the lightest V6 engines around. ZS 180 should offer excellent mid-range and high speed performance.
The chassis specification of ZS was actually developed on the racetrack by enthusiasts before the MG saloon programme started.
'Straights' multi-spoke 17" alloy wheels are specified for the ZS 180 with 205/45 R17 tyres, to house the large 282mm front ventilated discs for good stopping performance aided by Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).
The MG ZS range starts with the five-door ZS 120 at £12,495 OTR, with the ZS+ 120 at £13,495. The more powerful ZS 180 is £15,595. Saloon versions start at £13,295 with the ZS 180 saloon at £16,395 OTR.