RV8 articles and reviews in the motoring press
RV8 enthusiasts interested in looking back over the reviews and articles on the RV8 in the motoring press will welcome this checklist prepared by Dr Gavin Bailey (BRG 0766) from the collection of reviews he has assembled. A few of the front covers are on display in the righthand column.
Magazine/issue/pagesComments on the review
Car
August 1991
6 pages
Speculation and an artist's impression of the MG RV8 pre-launch.
MG Enthusiast
April 1992
1 page
First announcement of the new MG RV8.
Performance Car
May 1992
4 pages
Pre-launch article on the MG RV8 including a report on driving an MGB Roadster with an M16-2 litre engine.
Autocar
June 1992
4 pages
First studio photos of the MG RV8 pre-launch.
Autocar
October 1992
6 pages
Pre-launch article on the MG RV8
MG is back- with a new 3.9 litre V8 roadster.
Autocar
14th October 1992
6 pages
MG Lives - the full story behind the new V8 roadster
The new MG RV8 is launched today. More
MG Enthusiast
November 1992
8 pages
In depth coverage of the MG RV8 launch.
Car
November 1992
9 pages
We drive the new MG
Coverage of the MG RV8 launch including the development hack cars. More
Performance Car
November 1992
4 pages
Article and photos of the pre-production MG RV8.
Fast Lane
November 1992
5 pages
Pre-launch article on the MG RV8.
MG Enthusiast
January 1993
3 pages
MG RV8 at the NEC National Motor Show.
The Sunday Times
30th May 1993
Article
Reborn MG comes up to marque
Eric Dymock is the first to test a relaunched national treasure. Car featured was K 12 MGR. Sunday Times 30.5.93
Autocar
June 1993
16 pages
Extensive set of RV8 articles including a test against the TVR Chimaera, a stand alone test and an interview with Jack Bellinger. Car featured was K 12 MGR. More
MG Enthusiast
June 1993
1 page
Commemorative first run for the RV8 from Abingdon to Gaydon. Car featured was K 19 MGR.
What Car?
July 1993
4 pages
RV8 tested against the TVR Chimaera. Car featured was K 12 MGR.
Popular Classics
August 1993
5 pages
Back to back test of an RV8 with an MGBGTV8. Car featured was K 2 MGW.
British Cars
August 1993
7 pages
Test of an MG RV8 with a Triumph TR8. Car featured was K 12 MGR.
Performance Car
August 1993
12 pages
Test of an MG RV8 against a Ginetta G33, Marcos Manta, Morgan Plus 8 and a TVR Chimaera. Car featured was K 12 MGR.
MG Enthusiast
September 1993
5 pages
Full MG RV8 test and review. Car featured was K 14 MGR.
Fast Lane
October 1993
5 pages
Test and review of an MG RV8 with a Jaguar E-Type. Car featured was K 14 MGR.
Classic Cars
October 1993
4 pages
Review of an MG RV8 with an MG TC. Car featured was K 12 MGR. More
MG Enthusiast
October 1993
7 pages
Visit to the RV8 manufacturing facility at Cowley and the body plant at Faringdon.
Classic & Sportscar
May 1994
5 pages
Test over a week including a visit to BMH Faringdon. Car featured was K 14 MGR.
MG Enthusiast
August 1994
3 pages
Sory behind the manufacture of an RV8 look-alike by Sportscar Workshops. Car featured was OWL 670 T.
MG Enthusiast
October 1994
3 pages
RV8 hillclimb car. Car featured was K 140 CDU.
British Car
December 1994
3 pages
US perspective on the RV8 - UK test drive. Car featured was L 222 MGR.
MG Enthusiast
June 1995
3 pages
Does the MG RV8 deserve "classic status"?
MG World
October 1997
6 pages
Owner's view of an MG RV8 against an MGB Roadster. Car featured was N 44 MGR.
MG World
December 1997
7 pages
Review of an MG RV8 against an MGBGTV8 and a conversion. Car featured was L 888 MGR.
MG World
October 2002
3 pages
Importing MG RV8s with Chris Watson of HS Imports.
Classic & Sportscar
January 2003
5 pages
Review of an MG RV8 against a TVR V8S. Car featured was L 801 OKV.
MG World
February 2003
4 pages
Grey stuff - an interesting review of an MG RV8 professionally retrimmed by Mike Satur. Car featured was L 932 LJM. More
Autocar
November 2003
1 page
Why I hate the MG RV8 - a critical review by Al Clements who described the RV8 as a "dogs dinner". This article is from the Autocar's "Back Page" series. Many RV8 enthusiasts felt the article was an extraordinary example of cheap "bar room prattle". Autocar article
Practical Classics
December 2003
2 pages
Rover's RV8 added Nineties engineering to the MGB's style. Take all the benefits of MGB ownership, remove the tin worm and reliability woes then add some extra oomph and refinement. If ever there was a best-of-both-worlds classic, the MG RV8 is it. Car featured K 12 MGR.
Unique Cars
January 2006
online article
If classic looks coupled with modern performance is your bag, the MG RV8 could be for you... An interesting review by Cliff Chambers for the Australian website carpoint.com which is available online.
RV8 review from Unique Cars
MG Enthusiast
June 2006
7 pages
MGRV8 & TVR Griffith - head to head
Headlined the "battle of the Brit V8s - which is best?" was laughable as anyone with even a modest knowledge of the two cars would note they were self evidently so different as the article finally conceded -"even the shortest test answers that with an emphatic "yes" - they fall into two distinctive camps - the MG is a smooth and traditional cruiser, while the TVR an out-and-out sportscar".
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Details of reviews of the MG RV8 in other publications, published in the UK or overseas, will be very welcome.

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Autocar with its pre-launch article on the MG RV8 in October 1992.


Car with its test of the new MG RV8 in November 1992


Autocar with extensive coverage of the RV8 in June 1993


Performance Car with its comparative test in August 1993


MG World with a review comparing the RV8 with the classic MGB Roadster.


Classic & Sportscar comparison of an RV8 with a TVR V8S in January 2003.

MG World review of a refurbished and retrimmed RV8 in February 2003. See more of this interesting article.
Grey Stuff

Practical Classics with a review of the RV8 in December 2003.
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