Dec 19, 2005
Reviewed By Paul Duchene
Price as Tested $25,495
Likes

The world’s best-selling two seater gets a belated facelift. Bulging fenders come from RX8; engine gets much needed boost to 170 hp, moves back six inches for 50-50 balance. Brilliant top is one-hand, three-second operation from inside the car (Pontiac Solstice, take note). Interior space grows from MG Midget to MGB. Trunk now big enough for weekend. Great brakes, idiot-proof handling.

Dislikes

The world’s best-selling two seater gets a belated facelift. Bulging fenders come from RX8; engine gets much needed boost to 170 hp, moves back six inches for 50-50 balance. Brilliant top is one-hand, three-second operation from inside the car (Pontiac Solstice, take note). Interior space grows from MG Midget to MGB. Trunk now big enough for weekend. Great brakes, idiot-proof handling.

Verdict

Still a no-brainer, an MG/Triumph/Fiat spyder that works. New interior caters to six-footers at last, but modest redesign won’t shed “girly-man” image. Borrow your wife’s car for the day and hope she doesn’t have a cute license plate.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating
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