M O D E L S :   MG XPower SV (part II)

P r e s s   R e l e a s e   - October 29, 2003

MG XPOWER SV HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORTS CAR ON SALE FROM NOVEMBER 1, 2003
                        " T h e   R a c e   C a r   B u i l t   f o r   t h e   R o a d "

MG Sport & Racing has today announced the sales launch of the MG XPower SV, a car which catapults the Company into competition with the best of the world’s performance vehicle manufacturers.

The entry level model is powered by a 320 hp 4.6 litre all aluminium quad cam V8 engine which propels the MG XPower SV to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and on to a top speed of circa 165 mph. Automatic and higher powered SV-R versions will be available next year. Customers can also specify the engine from the 225 mph MG ZT-T Bonneville rated at 765 hp (and beyond if required) which will give top speeds of well over 200 mph and suitably electrifying acceleration.

The first class performance of the SV is complemented by its distinctive interior. In keeping with the vehicle’s sporting heritage both front seats are specified with full inertia four belt harnesses, which are lockable for serious driving by the flick of a switch. Each cabin is trimmed with the customer’s choice of six leather finishes. Competition seats and fascias are available in a combination of leather and Alcantara allowing each vehicle to be uniquely personalised.

Designed by a team led by Peter Stevens, whose previous designs have included 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.
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 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.

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.

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 chassis and carbon body are both constructed in the heartland of the Italian supercar industry. Final vehicle assembly takes place at MG Sport & Racing’s newly established HQ at Longbridge, Birmingham by a dedicated team of skilled craftsmen.

Director of MG Sport & Racing Kim Johnson said: "The MG XPower SV, which combines high reserves of power and motor racing safety features, is a true race car which has been built for the road. It can either lead on the track or cruise along the King’s Road. It is the ultimate MG."

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 MG XPower SV line up starts from 75,000 and will be available through a network of specialist XPower dealerships, or directly from the MG Sport & Racing factory.

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.

Further information about the MG XPower SV sports car, including sales enquiries, is available from:
MG Sport and Racing
Tel: 08457 661155

 

 

Initial Entry Level - MG XPower SV Specification

 

Technical

 

Engine

4.6-litre V8

Material

All aluminium alloy

Valves

Double overhead cam, 4 valves per cylinder

Compression ratio

10.0:1

Power

320hp SAE @ 6000rpm (230kW @ 6000rpm)

Torque

410Nm @ 4750rpm (302 lb.ft @ 4750rpm)

Transmission

5-speed manual Tremec gearbox

 

Electronic traction control

 

1st:                                                                     

3.38:1

 

2nd:                                                                    

2.00:1

 

3rd:                                                                     

1.32:1

 

4th:                                                                     

1.00:1

 

5th:                                                                      

0.73:1

 

Reverse:                                   

3.38:1

 

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

 

Wheelbase

2670mm

 

Front track

1678mm

 

Rear track

1626mm

 

Height

1320mm

 

Cd

0.38

 

CdA

0.68

Unladen weight

1540kg (estimated)


 

SV Standard Features (Option List Separately Available)

Exterior

Front aerodynamic splitter

 

Rear air diffuser

 

Black finish side air vents

 

Green tinted glass

 

Electrically heated and adjustable power-fold door mirrors

 

Interior

Sparco reclining leather and Alcantara seats

 

Polished alloy centre console

 

Carbon finish header, rails and door posts

 

Leather steering wheel with height adjustment

 

Leather & alloy finish gearknob

 

Driver’s clutch footrest

 

Leather upper door waist rails

 

Centre console storage bin with armrest

 

Two cupholders

 

Leather & bright stainless steel sill trims

 

Leather handbrake, gearshift gaiter and console lid

 

Colour-keyed cut pile carpet

 

Colour-keyed carpeted rear luggage shelf and boot

 

Audio

Single CD player and tuner

 

Four Infinity speakers plus front tweeters

 

Roof-mounted aerial

 

Electrical

Projector headlights

 

Front and rear foglights

 

Lights-on and driver’s door-open warning buzzers

 

Courtesy delay lights in roof and rear compartment sides

 

Door open/puddle lamps

 

Electric front windows with driver’s one-touch-down control

 

Heated rear window with timed switch-off

 

Instrumentation

Speedometer & tachometer

 

Fuel and coolant gauges

 

Analogue clock

 

Safety & security

Dual-action (inertia and fixed) 4-belt, 3-point safety harnesses

 

Remote control central door locking

 

Perimetric alarm system. Tracker with remote telemetry

 

Electric internal fuel filler release

 

Lockable wheel nuts

 

Climate control

Automatic temperature control

 

Rotary controls for temperature, distribution and fan over-rides

 

Recirculation control

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