Road-Legal 6R4 Rally Restomod Returns

Builder’s Starting Price: $368,610.

The Group B epoch of rallying is notorious for its planet-shaking, hyper-aggressive-looking vehicles, like the Audi Sport Quattro, Lancia Delta S4, and Peugeot 205 T16. Between all those competitors, however, the MG Metro 6R4 stands out as a peculiar little hatchback adorned with gargantuan spoilers at each end, plus swollen wheel arches. Now, this oddity is being revived by builder MST.

To this point, the enterprise has only presented the chassis of the vehicle; yet it appears to be identical to the original. This time around, though, the panels are made completely of carbon fiber rather than the fiberglass pieces featured on prior models in the 1980s. The frame is a steel monocoque structure.

Rather than the traditional mid-mounted, naturally-aspirated 3.0-liter V6, MST has plans to use the Audi EA837 3.0-liter supercharged V6, as reported by Piston Heads. This engine will be connected to a 6-speed sequential gearbox, leading to an all-wheel-drive system. Suspension and brakes don’t have details yet.

MST plans to provide two variations of its 6R4 restomod. The street-legal version is going to be equipped with a fully contained cabin, meanwhile the race-oriented alternative will possess a bare-bones interior.

The original iteration of the Metro 6R4 became part of the World Rally Championship in 1985 and experienced varying degrees of success. In 1986, the ill-fated Group B term came to an end once lethal crashes in select races happened causing fatalities to both rally drivers and viewers.

A select number of 200 road-legal Clubman variants were made also, boasting 250 horsepower as opposed to the usual 400 to 450 hp in contest trim.

MST are forecasting to complete the first dispatching by either late 2024 or the start of 2025. The firm forecasts to vend 10 units each annum and plan to rate it for about $368,610 (£300,000) apiece.

MST has not just recently entered the realm of restomods; their selection of models based on the Mk1 and Mk2 Ford Escort stand as testament to that. Moreover, they are exploring options for giving these cars electric powertrains – opening up new possibilities for drivers who want a classic car with modern technology.

Sources: MST Cars, Piston Heads, MST Cars

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