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Top 25: 21st century classics

We might only be fifteen years into the 21st century, but there’s no shortage of models already viewed as modern classics by enthusiasts.

Amazingly, despite this being a top 25, there are still plenty of New Millennium cars that we’ve had to leave out, including Ford’s Focus ST, Renault’s Clio V6 RenaultSport and Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution VIII. But don’t worry, as we reckon there’s plenty here to entertain most fans of up-and-coming classic metal.

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MG XPower SV (2003-2005)

This wasn’t the best or the most successful performance car of the ’Noughties, with just 80-odd examples built in all. But the XPower SV deserves recognition for being the fastest, most exciting MG of the 21st century. Created by re-engineering Italy’s Qvale Mangusta, this was an awesome machine in many ways, its ex-Ford 4.6 V8 pushing out 320bhp (or 385bhp for the 5.0-litre SV-R flagship). With the cheapest model costing £65,000 in 2003, it never really stood a chance commercially – but when has that ever prevented a car being considered a classic?


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