The MGB-GT is the prettiest shooting brake ever made. But its engineering is more than 50 years old. And it wasn’t cutting edge to begin with. Now Frontline Developments in the UK are giving the MGB GT the engineering it always deserved: A 215-horsepower Miata mill, six-speed gearbox, limited-slip diff and advanced suspension components. Oh, and did I mention all those goodies are attached to a brand-new reproduction body?
Frontline Developments have been making advanced suspension bits and performance parts for British sports cars since 1992. After restoring and driving dozens of the things, they decided to build a brand-new car with the latest tech.
Frontline Developments are proud to announce a strictly limited production of 50 very special vehicles to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MGB.
Being built in conjunction with British Motor Heritage, the LE50 (Limited Edition 50) has been created to deliver the charm, style and elegance of 1962, but to 2012 standards. This means not only an incredibly high level of production engineering, but also truly staggering performance, comfort, build-quality and reliability.
So, there you have it – the LE50 is a new car. A little shooting brake capable of hitting 60 in just 5 seconds and reaching a terminal velocity of 160 miles per hour. To make sure it doesn’t kill its drivers, the LE50 is equipped with Frontline’s trick front wishbones, telescopic dampers (shocks) and a five-link rear suspension. It also has four-piston calipers up front to bring the car to a halt. Inside it’s all Alcantara, Wilton carpets and Connoly leather. Retail price for the car? About $80,000.