Sometimes, it seems that car companies simply don’t know what’s good for them. They can have gold on their hands and they simply ignore it, refuse to promote it or worse, try to sweep it under the rug for reasons unknown. In the case of the 1988 MG Maestro Turbo, it will a little bit of all of that, although nothing malicious, or so it seems. Based on the regular compact Maestro, the Maestro Turbo was tuned and converted by Tickford, who had also contributed to the development of the suspension, ride and handling. A total of 505 of them were produced until 1989, which was a shame, since the car proved to be not only agile and nimble, but extremely fast as well. It was a car designed to blow the doors off nearly anything on the road – expensive Italian exotics included – but particularly MG‘s direct competition, the VW Golf GTI and Ford Escorts.
The MG Maestro Turbo could certainly deliver where it counted. With a turbocharged, 2-liter straight-hour under the hood, producing 150 horsepower, it could power to 60 mph in a mere 6.6 seconds, and reach a top speed of 132 miles per hour. Needless to say, that was enough to put it4 heads and shoulders above the competition.
Of course, nothing is always as it seems. Despite its scorching-hot performance and modern, rugged good looks, there was a problem with the MG Maestro Turbo: reliability. Because of that, it could never make inroads in racing or rallying, where its name and reputation would have cemented. Instead, it remains the fastest hot hatch you’ve never heard of.