The MG TF is now smoother riding and better equipped, thanks to a batch of revisions for 2005.
Revised suspension calibration ensures a more compliant ride and improved handling, while the spec now includes a heated glass rear window, new alloy wheels and a more stylish interior.
MG’s chassis engineers have improved the characteristics of the TF’s suspension in both ride compliance and improved handling dynamics. Spring rates are lowered (20 and 30 per cent, front and rear respectively) with the aim of improving comfort. Revised damper settings give more control throughout the wheel travel so making the handling more progressive. The front anti-roll bar diameter has also increased (up from 19 to 21mm).
TF 135 and 120 Stepspeed CVT automatic models are now distinguished by new V-spoke 15″ alloy wheels, and 115 models feature the 15″ square spoke design. The performance flagship 160 models retains the 16″ 11-spoke design.
The best-selling TF 135 model receives new 15″ Conti Premium Contact tyres, which incorporate a stiffer sidewall for better control on the limit.
Overall, the improvements ensure the TF is a more comfortable car in everyday driving yet even easier to drive on challenging roads. Enthusiasts will still be able to specify Sports suspension, with 10mm lower ride-height and uprated dampers (Sports Pack 1).
Inside, new heating and ventilation controls include illumination for greater night-time visibility and new ‘Technical Grey’ and ‘Technical Black’ finishes are applied to the console, door inserts and instrument binnacle on TF 135, 120 Stepspeed and 160, dependent on the interior colour chosen. Alcantara/leather trim is now standard on 160 models, available in black, grey or red, and now also in blue or green.
All MG TFs now also include a new heated glass rear screen that improves rear vision in all weathers and greater security. Remote central locking, superlocking, CD Tuner (plus MP3 on TF 160), leather steering wheel and handbrake grip, alloy gearknob and electric heated mirrors are all now standard, with front fog lamps on all except TF 115.
Performance and economy remain unaffected by the enhanced product specifications. The on-the-road price for the TF 115 is £15,995, the TF 120 Stepspeed is £17,745, the TF 135 £18,595 and the TF 160 £20,495.