MG Xpower Sv-r was presented by MG Sport & Racing at 2004 Geneva Motor Show.
The extra performance comes from a 5-0 litre, XPOWER version of the all aluminium, 32 valve, double overhead camshaft V8 engine. Built in conjunction with V8 tuning specialist Sean Hyland the car accelerates from standstill to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds. Top speed is circa 175 mph/ 282 kph.
The modifications to the engine give a significant increase in power output from the 320 hp of the level entry SV to 400 hp at 6000 rpm 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. New alloy wheels, a rear wing and unique detailing set this car apart.
Naturally the SV-R retains all the best features of the entry level SV, recently launched in the UK. 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.
With weight being the enemy of a sports car, the SV-R fights it with a feather-light, yet incredibly stiff, carbon fibre body shell. The lightweight body construction contributes to the car’s impressive body rigidity and power to weight ratio, for improved handling and a low centre of gravity.
Carbon technology also plays its part in shaping the car’s advanced airflow management, making possible every line and subtle curve that has its purpose beyond pure aesthetics. The large front splitter, rear diffuser, wing and deep sills combine with a smooth underbody to deliver stability at high speed.
Inside, the car has been specified with black leather and Alcantara® trim and automatic climate control. Keeping the driver entertained is a six-speaker CD player and Becker TrafficPro satellite navigation system.
Inside the cabin, there is more evidence of motor sport breeding. Deep Recaro® bucket seats and a four-point harness keep the driver in the perfect racing position, while protecting occupants with an integrated, FIA approved, track-proven steel roll cage. The interior also includes luxury features beyond the leather and Alcantara® seats, with deep wool carpets, Alcantara® trimmed fascia and many technological features that make performance driving a real pleasure.
Peter Stevens, who designed the MG XPower SV-R, said: “MG has always been about driving fun, with performance, handling and style being the top priorities. The MG XPower SV-R came about because once you start thinking in this way, it’s inevitable that you want to push things even further. This road-going sports car is not for shy or retiring types. It exudes confidence and will be enjoyed by individuals who share the same characteristics.”
With a top speed of 175mph and 510Nm of torque at its disposal, acceleration to 60mph is accomplished in 4.9 seconds. Combined with its race-tuned chassis, the SV-R package delivers an involving performance on and off the track.
Prices for the new SV-R start from £82,950.00.
John Parkinson,Managing Director of MG Sport & Racing, 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."