06 November 2003
06 November 2003
The XPower SV is to be launched by MG Sport & Racing this weekend, intended to take the company into competition with the best of the world's performance vehicle manufacturers.
Even the entry level model is powered by a 320bhp 4.6 litre all aluminium quad cam V8 engine which propels the MG XPower SV to 60mph in a fleeting 5.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 165 mph. Automatic and higher powered SV-R versions will be available next year, while customers can also order the engine from the 225mph MG ZT-T Bonneville rated at 765bhp.
Needless to say, the XPower's interior is distinctive-In keeping with its sporting-heritage both front seats come with full inertia four belt harnesses, which are lockable for serious driving by the flick of a switch. Each cabin is trimmed with a choice of six leather finishes and competition seats and fascias are in a combination of leather and Alcantara.
Designed by a team led by Peter Stevens - the man behind the McLaren F1 - the MG XPower SV benefits from state of the art technology. Central to the car's DNA is a finely tuned chassis designed along race car principles bonded to a lightweight carbon fibre body with an integral rollover cage.
The chassis and carbon body are both constructed in the heartland of the Italian supercar industry, while final assembly takes place at MG Sport & Racing's newly established HQ at Longbridge, Birmingham.
Former F1 driver Mark Blundell said: “The MG XPower SV is aggressive and raw, and at the same time stylish and refined. I have driven many of the world's top sports cars and this car is in the same league. From the unique sound of the exhaust to the precision steering the MG XPower SV has all the qualities I look for in a sports car.”
The line-up starts from £75,000.
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