The MG name was kept alive by Rover during the 1980s with cars like the MG Metro and MG Maestro, though purists disregarded these as 'badge cars'. In order to keep the MG spirit alive properly, the 1992 MG RV8 was launched, but what MG really needed in the 1990s was a high-production, modern roadster and it came about with the launch of the MGF in 1995. The car used a revolutionary hydro-gas independent suspension system with gas-filled 'springs' interconnected front and rear, and on wishbones. This gave it an amazing ride and unrivalled ride quality. The engine, too, was advanced, being Rover's ultra light 110ci (1.8-liter) K-series unit, with Rover's Variable Valve Control (VVC) that continuously varied the intake cam timing. Mounting the motor midships gave the MGF incredible balance and turned it into an enthusiastic driver's car, true to the MG spirit.
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