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Transmission 5-speed manual Tremec gearbox
Electronic traction control
Final drive: 3.46:1
mph (km/h) per 1000rpm in 5th: 30.1 (48.5)
Performance (estimated) 0-60mph (0-100km/h) in 5.3 seconds (5.4 secs)
Top speed 165mph (254km/h)
Suspension Independent coil springs
Front Double wishbones and 25mm anti-roll bar
Rear Double wishbones and 25mm anti-roll bar
Steering Power-assisted rack & pinion
Turns lock-to-lock 3.0
Overall ratio 17.2:1
Turning circle 10.6m between kerbs
Wheels Alloy OZ 2-piece, 5-spoke
Front 8J x 18 x 40
Rear 10J x 18 x 41
Tyres Michelin Pilot Sport
Front 225/40 ZR18
Rear 265/40 ZR18
Spare Instant mobility system
Brakes Brembo® discs and 4 pot callipers
Bosch 5.7 electronic ABS
324mm diameter ventilated and cross-drilled front discs
310mm diameter ventilated and cross-drilled rear discs
Body 2 door, 2 seater coupe with unique carbon fibre construction
Chassis Steel box frame with integrated roll cage
Dimensions Length 4480mm
Width 1900mm excluding mirrors
2076mm including mirrors
Front track 1678mm
Rear track 1626mm
Unladen weight 1540kg (estimated)
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 Modena in collaboration with MG Sport and Racing’s chassis development team.
In a bold departure from normal practice, a composite carbon fibre body using a ground-breaking process new to the motor industry, is used instead of more traditional steel or aluminium. With techniques developed by the UK based SP 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.
On 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.
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.
With new 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.
Extensive aerodynamic testing has been carried out in wind tunnels, on the high speed Nardo test track in Southern Italy and the Nurburgring Grand Prix circuit in Germany.
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 seatbelts which allow the driver the full mobility of a seatbelt combined with the extra security of a full race harness. The system 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 ZR18 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.
and the "R" versoin...
yeah i forgot that one...
22 March 2004 - SV-R a hit at Geneva
Following the reveal of a more powerful ‘R’ version of its high performance MG XPOWER SV at the recent Geneva Motorshow, MG Sport & Racing reports that the waiting list has now reached six months on certain specifications.
Deliveries are now being made of the carbon fibre bodied, 4.6 litre V8 XPOWER SV, priced from £65,750. Every SV is individually built to its owner’s personal specification and customers are offered a wide range of equipment choices to tailor a basic vehicle to their own requirements.
The extra performance of the SV-R comes from a 5.0 litre XPOWER version of the all aluminium, 32 valve, quad cam V8 engine, built in conjunction with V8 tuning specialist Sean Hyland. The car accelerates from standstill to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds and top speed is in excess of 175 mph (284 km/h).
The modifications to the engine give a significant increase in power output from the 320hp of the SV to 400hp in the SV-R. At the same time, the extra engine capacity gives a massive increase in torque from 410Nm to 510 Nm at 4750 rpm for awesome mid range performance.
To keep the extra power under control, the SV-R is fitted with larger diameter Brembo brake discs. Unique detailing includes new alloy wheels and aerodynamic modifications with a distinctive rear wing.
Priced from £82,950, the SV-R naturally retains all the best features of the SV. The high tech vehicles feature F1 inspired carbon composite body construction and double wishbone suspension, security tracking with remote telemetry and dual mode full harness inertia seat belts.
An automatic transmission option will be available later in the year.
To ensure owners receive the best possible support a new XPOWER network of 14 dealerships has been appointed in the UK to sell and service not only the MG XPOWER SV but also an expanding range of XPOWER performance cars, parts, accessories and merchandise.
Numerous orders for the XPOWER SV and SV-R have now been received from overseas markets and a full export programme to Europe and beyond will be underway by the end of 2004.
Recently appointed Managing Director of MG Sport & Racing, John Parkinson said: "The SV-R is the next step in the evolution of the SV range and represents a tremendous increase in power and performance which makes it a thrill to drive."
At the Cannes film festival this week, Box Office Films announced that the new $10m action adventure movie ‘RUN’ would feature the MG XPower SV supercar alongside stars RICK YUNE (The Fast and the Furious, Die Another Day) and SIMON WEBBE of pop band Blue, who is making his feature film debut.
The MG XPower SV is a pure race-bred, thrilling modern V8 powered supercar, built from technically advanced light-weight composites. The character of the car fully supports the excitement of the new film and with a sales order book full for the next six months, the SV is clearly going to appeal.
Filming will commence in July 2004 on director Andy Morahan’s (Highlander III: The Sorcerer, Tales From the Crypt) adrenaline-fuelled action adventure "RUN", and is based on an original screenplay entitled Ironman by Bob Boris and adapted by Craig Blake-Jones.
RICK YUNE heads the cast in the lead role of Harry "Mac" McKenna, an American bounty hunter who hits the streets of modern urban England searching for the truth only to find a non-stop nitrous-injected world, a beautiful but mysterious woman and more truth than he ever bargained for. Joining Yune is SIMON WEBBE of pop band Blue in the role of "Ringa" and STEVE HART.
Produced by Craig Blake-Jones and Graham Kelly for Box Office Films, "RUN" will shoot for 10 weeks in the UK and Russia and is budgeted at $10million.
Note: MG Sport & Racing Limited produces two versions of the high performance sports car - the MG XPOWER SV (320hp 4.6-litre V8) and the MG XPOWER SV-R (385hp 5.0-litre V8).
The cars can accelerate from standstill to 60mph in less than 5 seconds. Top speed is circa 175mph/282km/h. The modifications to the engine give a significant increase in power from the 320hp of the SV to 385hp in the SV-R. At the same time, the extra engine capacity gives a massive increase in torque from 410Nm to 510Nm for awesome mid range performance.
To keep the power under control, the SV is fitted with larger diameter Brembo brake discs, 18" alloy wheels and a body aggressively styled by Peter Stevens.
The high tech vehicle features F1 inspired carbon fibre composite body construction, double wishbone race-developed suspension, remote telemetry with security tracking and full harness inertia seat belts.
Every SV is individually built to personal customer order and prices for the SV start from just £65,750. SV-R prices start from £82,950, before customer preference options and accessories are specified.
lol for more info yeah that. AWESOME STUFF!!
oh yhea..it also uses the Ford Cobra SVT engine .=[
This car is magnificent. I like its very manly charisma or so to say. They showed it on Top Gear and Jeremy absolutely loved it. He says there's a Nitrous version of it which can produce 1000hp. Gotta have that option for this too.
That's a Qvale Mangusta, bought out by Rover in a pathetic attempt to have a real sports car done on the cheap. So, they hire Peter Stevens (he of recent dubious re-style jobs like the Subaru WRX and STi - those are great looking cars, aren't they?), and he re-styles the car as a caricature of every hokey, tired, styling cliche he can think of. The thing is a sad joke. Sure, the Brits like Clarkson love it, but no one else will.
Consider that £65K is around $120K US - there's one hell of a lot of other cars that I'd rather buy for that much money, and that only gets you the 320 hp version of the thing. Your showroom stock Corvette for $60K US would blow the doors of the 320 hp MG that costs over double the price of the Corvette. The 385 hp SV-R version is £83K, or about $150K US. Still less HP than the stock 2006 Corvette, and less than the SVT Cobra Mustang. For that much money, you'd think that you could buy more than a slow cartoon.
Life is too short to drive boring cars!
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To me, there is just way too much going on with the body stuff, it doesn't look clean, it looks like they took a bunch of stuff such as a Nisan Altima front end, parts of the Mustang, other parts of other cars and glued it all together for the body style. I just don't think it looks very good to me. That's my opinion and I am sure not everyone's, of course.
yeah i agree its too busy. kinda looks like a tiburon to me :/ i ono im pretty tired right now maybe thats why. the back looks ok but the side and the front need some cleaning. the front reminds me of a srt4
'04 black 6spd rx8! Racing Beat exhaust, intake w/ duct, springs, sways, endlinks. Mazdaspeed B-pillar, shift ****, 2pt front strut bar. JIC rear CF strut tower Koni's
I just don't understand the appeal of a car like this. It's ugly and way overpriced. There are plenty of other cars that you could buy that have better performance numbers, better looks, and cost half as much (or less).
For $60k you could buy a FD, send it down to Pettit Racing, and have them build you a street legal car that could blow the doors off of just about anything else on the road. Exotic or otherwise. That would still leave you with another $60k to play with. I'm thinking used NSX with some serious performance mods.
Just my 2 cents.
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