MG supercar headed Stateside?
From AUTOWEEK online - Car News
08:30 Feb. 18, 2004
They won’t bring TVRs over here, so how about this? MG Rover has confirmed that its SV supercar could be introduced to the States by 2006. The car is closely based on the floorpan of the long-gone Qvale Mangusta, but now features a two-door coupe body made from carbon fiber. Peter Stevens, the car’s designer and managing director of X80 Ltd., the company that makes it for MG Rover, said the SV could “piggyback” on most of the Qvale’s federal approval.
The SV, which is about to go on sale in Britain, is powered by either a 320-hp or 400-hp 4.6-liter Ford four-valve V8, depending on tuning. A 460-hp version is planned, closely related to a Le Mans GT racing version. At the top of the range, also due to arrive in 2006, is a 765-hp SV-S model running the same engine the company ran in a dragster at Bonneville last year.
U.K. prices for the SV range from £70,000 (about $133,000) for the base version up to an estimated £120,000 (about $229,000) for the SV-S.