Car Of The Month – Dutch Master – January 2008
Originally written by Adam Sloman in January 2008:
During the 1960’s when BMC’s Motorsport Department was home to the all conquering Mini Cooper, the key phrase within the team was ‘race on Sunday, sell on Monday’. It was a mantra that shifted dozens of Minis throughout the 60’s and 70’s and many other manufacturers used their motorsport successes as a springboard to additional sales. When the former Rover Group became MG Rover, it was no different, when MG decided to take the ZR rallying and the ZS saloon onto the touring car scene. It was this exposure on the BTCC circuit that led Willem H to a dealer in Rotterdam and his ZS saloon.
Willem paid a shade over £9000 for his pride and joy, a little over two years ago and has continued to subtley modify and improve Longbridge’s finest.
A stainless steel Peco exhaust, combined with a 52mm throttle body, PiperCross Viper air-in take and filter gives Willem a very useable 125 BHP, while the exterior is made more purposeful, courtesy of the ZS 180 bodkit, 17” Dezent N alloys, Rover 45 headlamps (for the near essential clear indicator conversion) red braked callipers (complete with X-Power logo) are complimented by Mintex brake pads and discs. 20mm Eibach X Power springs improve the MG’s already great handling.
Willem says he loves the aggressive look of the ZS and this look is further accentuated by the Bonnet and bumper extensions, when you see this Z, you know it’s not something run of the mill-the level of care and detail gone into this car is there for all to see.
The mods continue in the cockpit, with blue aluminium pedals and transparent sunstrip adding to the MG sports interior. Willem has extensively modded the in car entertainment, with full Sony X-Plod system, comprising a new headunit, uprated speakers, front and rear together with a CDX MP3 exchanger, 600w sub and 500w amp fit to blow the glass out.
Willem is rightly proud of his car, and admits that for him, it is almost perfect. Future mods are therefore limited, but he admits he is planning to introduce some blue neon lighting to the cars interior and is considering going for some different side skirts, and possible fitting the Xtreme rear spoiler.
All in all a fine addition to the Car of The Month line, and a great example of our favorite MG outside the UK.