24 October 2003

MG’s new SV supercar will cost from £75,000 for the standard 320bhp V8 – a full 10 grand more than expected, pitting it against the top of the 911 pile.

Britain’s biggest car maker has confirmed more details of its supercar range, which will be headed by a version running the 765bhp engine that propelled a ZT-T to 226mph on Bonneville salt flats earlier this year.

The supreme MG’s huge price tag hasn’t been settled yet, but estimates put it at significantly above £100,000, and fettling could push power north of 800bhp on customer demand.

The standard 260bhp SV will hit 165mph and covers the 0-60mph dash in 5.3sec. Power comes from Ford’s 4.6-litre quad-cam V8 and is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual ’box and limited-slip diff. An auto version will be added next year, alongside the SV-R which will offer between 385-400bhp.

MG Rover blames the carbonfibre body for the extra cost, but claims the bodyshell is a quarter of the weight of a steel one. However, the SV still weighs in at a hefty 1540kg. Inside the two-seater cabin are four-belt racing harnesses, a competition rollcage, Sparco racing seats, a choice of six leather finishes and a remote telemetry system that lets Longbridge order parts and arrange repairs and servicing. The SV sits on 18-inch five-spoke OZ alloys coupled with Michelin Pilot Sports.

First customers took delivery earlier this month, and MG Rover says it has taken another 30 deposits.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again
  • Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer
    First Drive
    13 October 2017
    Off-road estate is now bigger, more spacious and available with torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, but is it enough to make its German rivals anxious?