1991 Rover - Austin Maestro MG Turbo 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland
An underrated high performance bargain
Shocks replaced at 110,000 miles!
Very quick, 0-60 in 6.9 secs standard and slightly quicker with a few simple mods :-)
Underrated! It's was almost comical having XR3i's trying to keep up at the lights.
Fantastic turbo noise!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th February, 2001
Damn good car I say!!!
Oh come on it's a maestro, I have driven two of them and they were both awful when it came to corners. You may have the straight line speed, but I'm afraid when it comes to the twisties, the maestro just doesn't cut it, oh and whats with the gear box, the worst I have driven.
Hey! Chill-Out fella, the Maestro is not pretending to be anything other than a fast little hatch, it may not have Ferrari style handling, but it is more fun to drive than my '03 Audi RS6, the maestro feels like its on rails.
MG Maestros were vastly better in terms of handling than the more sedate versions and even those were OK if they had power steering. A note on the gear change also 1.3 & 1.6 models used the VW box from the Golf and 2.0 MG cars had Honda gearboxes both were very good in my experience.
The Maestro Turbo was actually developed by Tickford so there was a heck of a lot of expertise and knowledge went into it.
My mate had one and it would wipe the floor with the Golf VR6 I had at the time. Better handling, more feel, less body roll, crisper turn in and the torque when it came on boost made laugh out loud.
Golf was better built, but since when did build quality make a hot hatch worth owning? Peugeot ruled for the best part of two decades without it.
Why was it comical to watch a 105bhp XR3i try to keep up with you?
Surely it would be more challenging to see how your BL POR take on a Escort RS Turbo (Series 1 or 2) - both had 132bhp.
Lancia Delta HF Integrale perhaps?
The Maestro would beat an old E30 325i off the lights, but the BM would easily see it off from 100mph onwards.