Classic V8 power profiles
Costello 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 Costello
MGBGTV8 chrome bumper
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.
MGBGTV8 rubber bumper
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
V8 Roadster Conversions
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 Conversion notes
MGBGTV8 Conversions
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 RV8
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). MG SV
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MG 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 260
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