When Austin Rover launched the Maestro in 1983, it hardly won people's hearts. It looked dowdy and dated, but it was cheap and offered a wide range of models plus a 98ci (1.6-liter) MG version. A year on, through criticism about a lack of power considering it was a sporting brand, the MG Maestro got a 122ci (2.0-liter) engine and 115bhp (86kW), which helped sales considerably, though critics were still sceptical about the MG branding on this slightly warm hatchback. The big difference came when the Maestro Turbo was launched at the British Motor Show in 1988. With a 10psi Garrett T3 turbo bolted to the new O-Series engine, it was the quickest MG ever, remaining so until well into the 1990s. Uprated and lowered suspension, bigger brake discs and 15-inch (381mm) alloys meant it handled very well too. Just 505 cars were built, making it a collectable in the UK.
MG Maestro Turbo Specifications
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