V8 MGB Roadster & MGBGT
Ken Costello began supplying his conversions which squeezed
a V8 into MGB Roadster and MGBGT shells from 1970. He
eventually converted over 200. The early cars have the
distinctive Costello power bulge in the bonnet. An imaginative
package ahead of its time. MGBV8
Launched in August 1973, the V8 powered MGB produced by
the Abingdon Factory was a remarkable, low budget project
which combined the popular fixed head coupe body style
with a powerful three and half litre light alloy V8 engine.
It is now an established classic sports car.
The rubber bumpered MGBGTV8 appeared from late 1974 -
a modification that was necessary across the MG sports
car range to meet front impact requirements. The V8 in
both chrome or rubber bumpers has an effortless performance
with a modest but purposeful exhaust note. MGBGTV8
The availability of new MGB bodyshells from the BMH body
plant at Faringdon in Berkshire (now at Witney in Oxfordshire)
has encouraged many V8 enthusiasts to build an MGBV8 Conversion
- particularly V8 Roadsters which have become the fastest
growing part of the V8 Register. V8
The variety of V8 Conversions is extraordinary in terms
of interior trim and equipment specification. They are
built to order by a number of V8 specialists in the UK
and overseas, and of course by many V8 enthusiasts for
their own use. MGBV8 Conversions
The RV8 appears to be based on the familiar MGB bodyshell
but underneath it is a substantially re-engineered car
with sophisticated electronic engine management systems.
It was launched in 1992 and surprisingly the major part
of the production went to Japan. But many cars are now
returning to the UK! MG
SV - formerly the MG X80
This extraordinary car is based on the car developed for
the Italian Qvale Mangusta operation. The 4.6 litre twin-cam
V8 power plant and five speed gearbox is from Ford. Three
model derivatives have been seen so far - a 4.6 litre
SV (320Ps), SV Plus (380Ps) and SV Club Sport (465Ps).
See also prelaunch photos.
ZT 260 V8
The MG ZT 260 V8 launched by MG Rover has rear-wheel drive
and is available in ZT saloon and ZT-T estate formats.
It's powered by a 260bhp 4.6-litre V8 engine with an awesome
410Nm of torque to deliver class-leading acceleration.
The package offers an unbeatable combination of price
and performance. MG ZT
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