Some secret images and details about the so-called X120 Project have been revealed by Auto Express and Austin Rover Online, thanks to Lee Mitchell, the main designer of these cars.
The first model was the TF replacement, which compared to its predecessor was targeted to a higher segment – the same as the Porsche Boxter.
It had a longer wheelbase and a design characterized by the brand’s family styling. The engines variants were a 1.6 and a 1.8 liter.
The second model was a new Midget, an entry-level sportscar with compact dimensions and bold styling, that should have compete in the same market segment as the Miata/MX-5 and the Smart Roadster. The engines were to be a 1.4 and a 1-6 liter unit.
The third model was a coupé that never entered the develment stage. It as the most expensive model and thankks to its larger dimensions and the 2.5 liter V6 engine had to compete against the Audi TT.
According to Lee Mitchell, "the three cars would have retained the TF’s poor driving position.
"The X120 was limited to a budget of £50m, and a mere nine designers were assigned to the programme at Longbridge’s Product Development Centre."
For more information read the article on Austin Rover Online.