MG SV production models are on the way! - photos

MG SV is on release from December 2003

Engine and cockpit

Above: The MG SV cockpit looks efficient and comfortable

Left: The Ford V8 engine and gearbox package lifted from the Mustang is a well proven combination

Photos: from Keith Baylis, Parts Manager at AMES MG Rover at Bury St Edmunds

A film of how the MG SV was conceived, developed and put into production was shown on Sky on 26th April from 9 to 10pm.

MG X Power SV goes on sale

MG Sports & Racing has announced the sales launch of the MG XPower SV, a car which catapult MG Rover into competition with the best of the World's performance vehicle manufacturers.

The entry level model is powered by a 320hp 4.6litre all aluminium quad cam V8 engine which propels the MG XPower SV to 60mph in 5.3 seconds and a top speed of around 165mph. Automatic and higher powered SV-R versions will be available next year. Customers can also specify the engine from the 225mph MG ZT-T Bonneville rated at 765bhp - and higher if required - which will give top speeds of well over 200mph and suitably electrifying acceleration.

The first class performance of the MG SV is complemented by its distinctive interior. In keeping with the vehicle's sporting heritage, both front seats are specified with full inertia four belt

harnesses which are lockable for serious driving by the flick of a switch. Each cabin is trimmed with one of six leather finishes chosen by the customer. Competition seats and fascias are available in a combination of leather and Alcantra allowing each car to be uniquely personalised.

Designed by a team led by Peter Stevens, the MG XPower SV benefits from state of the art technology. Peter's previous designs have included the McLaren F1. Central to the car's DNA is a finely tuned chassis designed along race car principles, bonded to a lightweight carbon fibre body with an integral rollover cage.


MG XPower SV with former F1 driver Mark Blundell at Silverstone

The chassis and carbon fibre body are both constructed in the heartland of the Italian supercar industry with final assembly by a dedicated team of skilled craftsmen at MG Sport & Racing's new HQ at Longbridge on the outskirts of Birmingham. The director of MG Sport & Racing, Kim Johnson, said "the MG XPower SV combines high reserves of power and motor racing safety features and is a true race car which has been built for the road. It can either lead on the track or cruise along the Kings Road in Chelsea. It is the ultimate MG".

Former F1 driver, Mark Blundell said "the MG XPower SV is aggressive and raw whilst at the same time stylish and refined. I have driven many of the World's top sports cars and this car is in the same league. From the unique sound of the exhaust to the precision steering, the MG XPower SV has all the qualities I look for in a sports car."

The MG XPower SV line up starts from £75,000 and will be available through a network of specialist XPower dealerships, or direct from the MG Sport & racing factory.

Further information, including sales enquiries, is available from MG Sport & Racing on 08457 661155.

This two page note has been reproduced from the MG Car Club website.