Actually I did take it well passed 4k revs, I am very aware on how to work this engine, it just seemed gutless, the engine felt very weedy, and it became embarassing when a "1.6 FORD FOCUS" kept with me from a standing start all the way to 65mph then it edged ahead!! Leaving me feeling like a clown.
If your after performance, STEER WELL CLEAR OF THIS CAR!!!As it has NONE!
I've driven a couple of ZR's and i'd describe them as quite quick really. (for the engine size, of course). Past 4000revs they do really waken up quite nicely.
I drove one and thought it was slow, didn't do much past 4000 revs except sound like the engine was about to blow.
I think the comments on performace here are balls! It's a 1.4 engine for christ sake! Of course a 1.6 focus will keep with it... its near enough identical with a slightly bigger engine! There's not many other cars in its class that will beat the ZR 1.4 for its power to weight ratio. Obviously the likes of the Swift GTI, & Punto 1.4 GT would be faster... but then again the ZR isn't pretending to be a GTI, nor has it a turbo. Get yourself & PiperX Viper induction Kit & exhaust system & you'll be surprised @ how much enjoyment the 105 can be!
'so you can tell whos car has the better performance and classed as a sports car unlike ford focus!'
An MG ZR, a sports car? now you are having a laugh!!!
A high output 1.4 will always have to be worked hard if you want to see anything close to the 103BHP it is capable of.
Like a few others have said, I don't know what you were expecting for a 1.4 in a car its size. If you want gutless, try driving an equivalent Polo or Fiesta 1.4, then come back and say the 1.4 is slow.