The MG XPower SV (Sport Veloce) is a sports car made in Modena, Italy in a factory owned by Vaccari & Bosi and leased by MG Rover, based on the platform of the Qvale Mangusta.
It was originally revealed as a show car, the MG X80, but it was considered too sedate. When the production model was shown, designer Peter Stevens had made the car very aggressive styling-wise. The conversion from a clay model to a production car, including all requirements, was done in just 300 days by the Swedish company Caran. The goal was also to get a street price under 100000 GBP, something that was successful when the final price landed at 70000 GBP.
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 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.
Weight - the enemy of a sports car. The XPower SV puts it to rout with its cutting-edge composite carbon fibre body shell. Featherweight yet phenomenally strong. A body pulled taut over muscular mechanicals and wide tyres. Honed to the needs of aerodynamics. A glassy cabin for fine visibility.
SV: you know that its every line is shaped with a purpose. And if people think it’s merely a fabulous-looking supercar, well, you can live with that.
In the cabin, more of that determined sense of purpose. Deep Recaro bucket seats clasp you in place. Four-point harnesses and integral steel cage restrains and protects. But none of that need deny you luxury. Leather, Alcantara® and deep wool carpet - in colour schemes from subtle to plain flamboyant.
Awaken the XPower V8. It’s a muted rumble, but a deep and eloquent one.
Speaking of massive reserves of power just a flex of the ankle away. Quad camshafts, 4.6 litres, all-aluminium construction. Flexible torque meets breathtaking top-end power. Only one thing can hold it back - the eye-popping Brembo brakes.
And now the high performance SV-R is available, giving a significant increase in power output from the 320hp of the SV to 385hp in the SV-R. The extra performance of the SV-R comes from a 5.0 litre XPower version of the 32 valve 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).
At speed, advanced airflow management comes into play. Spot the front splitter, rear diffuser and deep sills. They mate with the flat underfloor to bring unshakable stability at speed. Meshed intakes plus gaping side vents feed and cool the engine.
Aerodynamics and chassis together deliver true thoroughbred handling. Rear-wheel drive. Double wishbones all-round, tuned for optimum real-roads damping and superb steering feel. Progressive breakaway characteristics - plus switchable traction control - mean the reassurance of a car that always works with you, never biting back.
MG XPower SV Club Sport spec
Nearly 70 years ago, MG produced the K3 Magnette - an ultra high-performance supercharged road and track racer. K3 was commissioned and produced for the enthusiastic owner who wanted to drive to a race, compete, win and drive home again.
In keeping with this tradition, the XPower SV Club Sport proposition will allow customers to either buy a complete XPower model ready for road and track or to enhance the specification of their car with competition derived parts.
The XPower SV Club Sport features a more powerful 5.0-litre V8 with 410bhp, a 0-62mph (100km/h) of c4.4 seconds and a top speed limited to 195mph (314km/h).
The car on show at the British International Motor Show is the MG XPower SV Club Sport spec, in this case powered by a special 465bhp Sean Hyland tuned 5.0-litre quad-cam V8 engine. A top speed in excess of 200mph (320km/h) and a 0-60mph (0-100km/h) time of c4.2 seconds is possible. Engines with much higher stages of tune, even with factory approved nitrous oxide injection kits, will be available to produce extreme power outputs.
Typical of the way in which a prospective customer might specify their XPower SV, this car is fitted with Sparco carbon shell racing seats, a cabin-installed spare wheel, custom helmet storage cubbies, four point electrically-locked harnesses and Motec racing instrumentation. Some of the specification of this car will be carried over to the production specification of MG XPower SVs.