The MG 5 proves its mettle in the Bonifacio 8-Hour Endurance Challenge

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by Drei Laurel | Dec 8, 2020
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Good news for all the MG 5 owners out there. If the result of the recent Bonifacio 8-Hour Endurance Challenge is anything to go by, then you have a pretty reliable car on your hands.

The sedan, which comes equipped with a 1.5-liter DOHC engine capable of 112hp and 150Nm of torque, topped the manufacturers’ class of the event and finished eighth overall—an impressive showing for a model that’s relatively new to the market.

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Of course, it helped that there were capable drivers piloting it around the Clark International Speedway: Allan Uy, Marc Soong, and Gaby Dela Merced.

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Uy, who should be familiar to fans of local local motorsports, had some pretty nice things to say about the vehicle, too. “I expected the handling to be good since this British car is known to have excellent handling. The MG 5 doesn’t oversteer at challenging turns on the track,” he said, describing his time with the MG 5 on the track. “Reliability was another thing I felt sure of with the MG 5. It is also lightweight and well-balanced compared to other cars in its category.”

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Dela Merced and Soong shared Uy’s sentiments, praising the sedan for its driving feel and reliability, respectively.

“How it rode from the start was the same all throughout. No changes in feel, brakes were the same from start to finish, the tranny kept its tip-top form. That’s something that rarely happens,” Dela Merced said.

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“As a stock car, it surprised us all with its reliability and performance,” Soong added. “The MG 5 really held up to the abuse of driving on a racetrack, and it was surprisingly quick.”

Not bad at all, right? So, are there any MG owners reading this who can vouch for their ride’s durability, too? Let us know in the comments.

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