The order came down from above that Triumph's 1500cc engine would be easier to make compliant with US emissions regulations than the A-series, and that MG were to make it fit in their Midget. Top speed went up a fraction, but the torque-happy Triumph unit was not a willing revver and it changed the character of the car. Large and heavy black plastic bumpers and raised ride height also had an effect. Was a good seller though, notching up a very creditable 73,889 sales.
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