The entry level MG XPower SV is powered
by a 4.6-litre, 320 hp quad cam all-aluminium V8. Higher powered
versions will follow, starting with the SV-R early next year and
followed by even more extreme iterations which will include the 765hp
Bonneville ZT-T unit
The SV range features an immensely strong
box frame chassis allied to a uniquely constructed carbon fibre body
shell which is instrumental in keeping the kerb weight to a competitive
1540kg and the centre of gravity as low as possible.
The MG XPower SV sprints from rest to
60mph in 5.3 secs and on to a top speed of around 165mph.
The range is aimed at individuals who
share a passion for high performance sports cars and like to test a
car’s abilities to the full. The MG XPower SV is an exhilarating, but
above all responsive and well-mannered car that is equally at home
driving to the race rack as it is performing on it.
The SV is
an all-new design from the team led by Peter Stevens, whose portfolio
includes many renowned sports cars, until now pinnacled by the McLaren
F1. The steel chassis and double wishbone suspension are fabricated by
Vaccari and Bosi in
in collaboration with MG Sport and Racing’s chassis
In a bold
departure from normal practice, a composite carbon fibre body using a
groundbreaking process new to the motor industry, is used instead of
more traditional steel or aluminium. With techniques developed by the
Group the body panels have the same stiffness as steel but at only 25
percent of the weight, a key requirement for a performance sports car.
The entry-level car, the 4.6-litre engine is mated to a 5-speed Tremec
manual transmission with drive to the rear wheels via a BTR limited slip
differential. An automatic gearbox will be available early next year on
the MG XPower SV-R.
With leather and Alcantara clad
competition seats each customer has a choice of six interior trim
colours matched to a wide range of exteriors colours. However a bespoke
interior or exterior can be selected via the customisation programme.
exterior styling the SV is more aggressive than the original MG
X80 prototype with a front splitter, rear
diffuser, side vents and a rear wing being available for all cars. This
offers the driver the optimum balance of driveability and aerodynamics.
aerodynamic testing has been carried out in wind tunnels, on the high
speed Nardo test track in
Nurburgring Grand Prix circuit in
Standard fitment in every car is the
latest Tracker system from Omitec which not only enables the car to be
located and immobilised, in case of theft for example, but also links
the vehicle to a central diagnostic control centre at Longbridge.
Rollover protection on every car is
provided by a fully integrated tubular structure and every SV is fitted
with unique dual function three point inertia reel racing seat belts
which allow the driver the full mobility of a seat belt combined with
the extra security of a full race harness
can be locked at the flick of a switch for more serious driving.
Standard fitment for the MG XPower SV are O.Z. split rim 8J x R18 wheels
shod with 225/40 ZR 18 tyres at the front and 10J x R18 with 265/40 ZR18
tyres at the rear. The MG XPower SV-R will sport a new MG designed wheel
manufactured by O.Z. The overall effect is a low and aggressive coupe,
capable of extremely high performance.