Throughout the Group B period many automakers managed to push the divide between their rally bred monsters and the street cars they were allegedly based on, and no car pushed further than the MG Metro 6R4. The clear difference between the mental 6R4 and the pedestrian MG Metro it was supposedly based on was so wide, the FIA required a new production car tying a closer link to the 6R4 in order to homologate the rally car. This led to the creation of the MG Metro 6R4 Clubman; one of the rawest production cars ever built.
Fitted with a rear mounted 3 litre V6, the combination of a featherweight car, immense power and one of the shortest wheelbases of its type, meant both variations of the 6R4 developed a reputation of being very difficult to drive. Despite the addition of constant 4WD, drivers often found the 6R4’s to be a spin waiting to happen, delivering heaping’s of both oversteer and understeer, the car was undoubtedly very twitchy. Whilst the Clubman’s were fitted with a dashboard more typical of a normal car, the largest difference between it and its rally brother was the power output which was reduced from 410hp to 250hp. Despite the fact the MG Metro 6R4 failed to achieve Group B success, it’s still remembered to this day as one of the eras greats due to its sheer lunacy and unique driving experience.
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