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Year (of specifications) 1992 - 1995
Engine 3950 cc Rover V8
Transmission 5 speed manual RWD
Max speed 135 mph
0-60 mph 5.9 seconds
Horsepower 190 bhp @ 4750 rpm
weight 1090 kgs / 2403 lbs

After the passing of the immensely popular MGB in 1980, which by that time had become rather antiquated, the MG badge faded into almost obscurity. Austin-Rover used it on a few of their vehicles but never on any real sports cars.

In 1989 Rover's Heritage division got involved in making replacement bodyshells for the still sought after MGB, at a rate of around 60 a month. For the 30th anniversary of the MGB's arrival Rover decided to create a car to celebrate its past, and current popularity, as well as act as a launch pad for the revival of the MG sports car and imminent MG F. The MG RV8 was conceived.

The MG RV8 was built using the MGB as a base. The RV8 was essentially a beefed up MGB, with wider wheel arches, new bumpers, more streamlined and modern headlights, new wheels and trim elements. Under the RV8's bodywork was a was a familiar mechanical layout, the rear suspension being handled by an old-school live rear axle with leaf springs. Rover tried to improve the handling by fitting the MG RV8 with Koni dampers, but with such antiquated technology only so much could be done.

The real excitement of the MG RV8 was under the bonnet where the engine, a 3.9 litre aluminium Rover V8 developing around 190 horsepower lay, giving the RV8 a 135 mph top speed and 0-60 mph time of just under 6 seconds.

On launch the MG RV8 had a queue of customers, attracted to its classic British sports car shape and character combined with a potent power source. The MG RV8 was sold in limited numbers from 1992 to 1996.

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