The sleek, yet muscular MG ZT260 goes on sale at MG Rover dealerships early in the New Year in South Africa.

The sleek, yet muscular MG ZT260 goes on sale at MG Rover dealerships early in the New Year in South Africa.

Released into the UK market at the end of September, this high-performance car is based on the acclaimed ZT190, but differs dramatically in that it is both powered by a V8, and is rear-wheel-drive.

Great measures were taken to ensure that the dramatic transformation of the existing front-wheel drive to rear-wheel power to accommodate the V8 engine while not compromising the strengths of the ZT, on which it is based. The steering, suspension and braking systems have also undergone massive adjustments to match the performance of the V8.

With its large body-coloured grille and signature twin headlamps positioned within the sculpted front end, the ZT260 is definitely a sight to behold and is set to provide some stiff competition to the Jaguar S Type V6, BMW 530i, Audi A6 2.7 Quattro, and Volvo S80.