MG RV8 - destined to be a classic from its launch

Introduced to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the MGB, the RV8 was destined to become a classic from its launch at the 1992 British International Motor Show. The new MG - codenamed ADDER - was developed by the Special Products team based at Gaydon and based on the MGB Heritage bodyshell with subtle bodywork modifications and a luxurious interior. Under the bonnet the RV8 was powered by a 3.9 litre V8 with a modern engine management system and Lucas injection engine delivering 190bhp at 4,750rpm through a five speed gearbox and a Quaife differential. Telescopic dampers replaced the original lever arm units but the faithfull live axle remained. The new model has a lower, sleeker appearance through a clever combination of suspension and styling changes whilst still maintaining the unmistakable character of the classic MGB.
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RV8 facts
Produced: 1992 to 1995
Bodywork: Two door open sports roadster.
Engine: Rover aluminium alloy fuel injected V8 3,946cc with 190bhp using an electronic engine management system.
0-60 mph: 6.9 secs
Top speed: 136 mph
Fuel consumption: 24-30 mpg
OK for unleaded? Yes original heads are OK.
Production: Original Factory production figure is 2,000 with only 399 cars built to "UK spec" delivered to the UK and Mainland Europe markets, together with the pre-production RV8s. Some 1,582 RV8s were exported to Japan (built to "Japan spec" which includes aircon) of which over 79% were finished in Woodcote Green.
Specification: Servo assisted brakes (discs at the front and drums at the back), distinctive light alloy wheels, tinted glass, reclining seats covered in Connolly leather, two speed wipers and heater as standard, with a five speed LT77S gearbox, later changed to an R380 at VIN 0640, and a Quaife differential - an automatic torque bias (ATB) type, significantly different from normal types of limited slip differentials.
Number of cars still existing: Estimated at around 1,950 with many exported from Japan over the last 15 years to the UK as reimports and a substantial number to Australia, New Zealand and Mainland Europe. So the estimated UK stock is around 900 cars.
Spares availability: Very good, particularly from the two leading UK based specialist RV8 spares providers and from another in Australia.
Garage fit? L 13ft 2" (4.010m) x W 5ft 6½" (1.694m) x H 4ft 4" (1.320m).
Woodcote Green: £7,500 to £14,000
Other colours: £9,000 to £15,750

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