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In a surprise announcement after the le Mans 24-hour
race in June 2001, MG Rover said it had acquired part of the business interests
of the Qvale Automotive group, which manufactured the low-volume but US-certified
Qvale Mangusta at a factory in Modena, Northern Italy.
The new MG - codenamed
X80 - was based on Mangusta's highly regarded chassis and engineering, coupled
to a Ford 4.6 litre V8 engine which produces up to 320 bhp. The X80's styling
was the work of MG Rover's design director Peter Stevens, and signified future
MG design directions with the grille aperture and a slim central horizontal bar
as well as the triple headlamps, a feature also seen on the MGF XP500.
MG X80 was to give the MG brand a world-class product in the high- performance
luxury sports-car sector. Both coupe and roadster versions were planned, with
manual and automatic transmissions.
Kevin Howe, chief executive of MG Rover
said "the X80 will be an excellent fit at the top of our family of MG cars.
It also provides an opportunity to look at markets in which we are not currently
represented. In particular the USA, the World's largest sports-car market,
we can now seriously evaluate the full potential for the MG brand."|
Qvale, president of Qvale Automotive group said: "MG Rover showed an interest
in our Mangusta project in Modena, and we have since agreed a very good deal for
both sides. The power of the MG brand now takes the project forward on a global
Launch of sales
In 2003 MG Sport & Racing announced
the launch of the MG XPower SV sales. The entry level model was powered by a 320hp
4.6 litre all aluminium quad cam V8 engine taking the SV to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds
and a top speed of around 165 mph in a carbon fibre body. The engines were re-engineered
to 5 litres (385bhp) by Sean Hyland Motorsport in Canada at a reputed cost of
£10,000 per engine. There are automatic and higher powered SV-R versions.
The front seats with full inertia four belt harnesses, the interior of each car
was trimmed in leather.
MG X80 now an incredible 965bhp MG SV (MG World
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