MG XPower SV

Altered MG XPower SV in Rockingham

The MG XPower SV ( Sport Veloce ) is a sports car, the MG brand from 2003 to 2008 built in a factory in Modena, the Vaccari & Bosi owned and leased by the MG Rover Group. The car was on the platform of the Qvale Mangusta (formerly De Tomaso Bigua ) built. Since 2008, the vehicle is offered by the new manufacturer MG XPower MG XPower than WR.

MG XPower SV (2003-2008)


After MG Rover had bought the Qvale Automotive Srl in Italy, they used the project code X80 and re- established a subsidiary called MG X80 Ltd.. , To produce a new car. An incentive was to sell this car in the U.S., as the Mangusta had already been homologated for the American market.

The X80 was originally introduced in 2001 as a concept car. However, his styling was considered too good. Than the production model - renamed MG XPower SV - appeared in the following year, the designer Peter Stevens had designed a more aggressive styling. The development of the clay model for series production brought about the Swedish company Caran in just 300 days. One goal was to determine the selling price under £ 100,000 - to press. The base model cost then £ 75,000, - and the better equipped MG XPower SV -R £ 82,000, although many parts came inside and outside the vehicle by former or contemporary Fiat models. The headlights, for example, came from the Fiat Punto 2nd series and the taillights from the Fiat Coupé.

The production was very complex, even for the manufacture of many body parts made of CFRP. The basic parts grew at SP Systems in the UK and were then shipped to Belco Avia near Turin, where it the actual body parts were made. Which were then assembled into a complete body and mounted on a box frame with the drive system. They were then shipped to final assembly there and equipped in the MG Rover plant in Longbridge.

According to the MG XPower SV - clubs about 64 cars were manufactured. This also includes some prototypes and show cars, which were later dismantled, before production was discontinued due to low demand. Most of the vehicles were sold to private customers, the last in early 2008.


The basic model of the MG XPower SV was supported by a 4.6 -liter V8 engine from Ford with a power of 320 bhp driven (235 kW), but was very expensive due to its complex CFRP body. There was both a manual transmission and an automatic transmission. The car with a manual transmission had a top speed of 264 km / h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.3 s A special model Clubsport for customers who wanted to use their SV for competitions was indeed planned, but was never implemented. You should get 5.0 -liter V8 engines, which is about 410 bhp (301 kW) to provide the basic version and with the nitric oxide injection available on request even 1,000 bhp ( 735 kW). The top speed was calculated with 312 km / h.

The MG XPower SV -R of 2004 had an advanced 5.0 -liter V8 engine with 32 valves and a power output of 385 bhp ( 283 kW). He is said to have reached a top speed of 280 km / h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.9 s.

The SV - S version had a 4.6 liter V8 supercharged engine and also reached the 385 bhp ( 283 kW ) of the 5.0 -liter version. Of these, only three units were built. A SV -R was also equipped with a compressor and became the SV -RS.

MG XPower WR (2008 onwards )

In April 2008 brought William Riley, a family member of the famous Riley automotive dynasty, the vehicle back under the name MG XPower WR out. He had bought the name for his company MG XPower managers of the MG brand, PricewaterhouseCoopers International, and had the MG Sports and Racing Europe Ltd.. founded a company that employed 17 employees, many of them former employees of MG Rover. According to the company seven cars have been sold and ordered 35. In addition, vehicles had already been exported to America. The price of the cars was given as £ 75,000 to £ 90,000. The plant can produce up to six vehicles a month and was busy.

In November 2008, disputes over the brand name MG with China's Nanjing Automobile Group became public, who had taken over 2005 patent and trademark rights by the bankruptcy of MG Rover Group in July.

In December 2009, the former employee Tony Cox in the Birmingham Mail was quoted as saying that not a single vehicle was produced by MG XPower WR and ausstünden wage payments to employees of the company. These representations contradicted Riley told the newspaper.