When the ZT and Rover 75 were originally launched, it was generally agreed that the formula was good. We drove the ZT 190 and concluded that the car was indeed one a demanding driver would like. The front-wheel drive chassis seemed to cope very well with the adequate power output, and performance was brisk. It seems that was not brisk enough for MG, and the decision was made to aim higher. The next logical step was to fit a V8. Sadly, Rover’s own Buick-based V8 is no more. The well-proven all-aluminium 4.6-litre V8, as found in Ford’s Mustang sold in the US market seemed like a good candidate.