Six Mid-Engined Masterpieces for MINI Money

There are few things as exotic in the automotive world as a mid-mounted engine configuration. Think Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Diablo, Audi R8… you get the idea. However, you need not spend a six-figure sum in order to experience the unique poise and balance afforded by a mid-engined layout. Indeed, as the cars below prove, there are a handful of offerings out there that can be picked up for the price of a MINI – or less. Which one would you choose?

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MG Roadster Hints at U.S. Comeback

MG MGB Roadster

As far as cars with a convoluted past go, there aren’t many like MG Cars and the infamous MGB Roadster.

Ownership has historically been British, as MG Cars gave way to British Motor Corporation, which yielded to British Motor Holdings, which evolved to British Leyland Motor Corporation.

Production lasted, in some form or another, from 1962 to 1980 with a range of 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines and even an iteration with a Buick V8 under the hood. There was a brief comeback between 1993 and 1995, which had a slightly updated body, suspension and a 3.9-liter V8. The strategy for all MG cars was simple: Create a lightweight, front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car.

The cars, while not great, did have some popularity and sold well. Following decades of financial turmoil and mismanagement, though, MG struggled, quit production and has sat dormant for over 30 years. In 2005, it was purchased by Chinese company Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, with hopes of rebuilding the brand. Nearly a decade later, where does MG stand?

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