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by George Skentzos

Britain’s most iconic roadster is slated for a revival with the MG TF set to make a comeback in the hands of its new Chinese owners.

Despite its newly found Chinese roots, production for the new TF will commence at MG Rover’s old home of Longbridge in the West Midlands – hitting showrooms by 2010, AutoExpress reports.

The new TF will be based around a rear-wheel drive version of the Chinese Roewe 550 compact hatch platform developed in conjunction with British engineering expert Ricardo.

It will be priced to compete against Japanese convertibles like the Mazda MX-5 but will be styled closer to its European rivals such as the Alfa Romeo Spider, Audi TT Roadster and Volkswagen Eos.

Expect two MG Rover-based engine variants including a 1.8-litre turbo and 2.5-litre V6.

Shanghai Automobile Corporation (SAIC) had always intended to build a successor to the TF however this hasn’t been possible until recently when the company merged with rival Nanjing Automobile Corpor­ation (NAC) who owned the rights to the MG badge.




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