Based on the popular MGF the MG TF offered a new facelift and improved equipment levels. The free-revving engine is mid mounted giving balanced handling and confident roadholding. The TF had conventional sprung suspension rather than the hydra-gas system of the F, this gives an improved cornering ability however the ride is no longer as smooth as the previous model. For a mid engined sports car the MG TF is cheap and easy to live with while luggage space is surprisingly good. The final models received a glass rear screen.
The smaller 1.6 version of the K-series engine was added to the range to compete with the entry-level Mazda MX-5. It lowered the point of entry for this mid-engined roadster at the cost of some performance but helped to bring in some extra customers.
For the second life of the MG TF 135, production of the much loved roadster returned under Chinese ownership. The cars remained in construction in small numbers at the Longbridge UK factory. Good levels of trim and equipment including a Clarion ICE system, combine with a highly competitive price tag. The MG may have been a little dated but it maintained the timeless appeal of a roadster and it is a lot of fun for the money. Production ended by 2011 with the inventory slowly running out.
The MG TF 160 also known as the Trophy 160 was produced for a limited time as a halo model offering extra performance. Driving fans will enjoy the power gains from the VVC variable valve timing system.
Production of the MG TF returned to the Longbridge Factory in Birmingham although at a small scale. The new model featured numerous specification and cosmetic changes and, as its name implies, the LE500 version is a special launch edition, limited to only 500 units in the UK, each individually numbered and with an enhanced specification. The roadster features a restyled front end with a sporty lower grille with integral fog lights, revised twin upper air intakes, new headlights and a fresh bonnet. The TF LE500 comes with a host of standard features including hard top, rear parking sensors, leather seats and air conditioning, providing a very high level of specification at an extremely competitive price.