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The RV8 was a clever reboot of the MG Sports Car

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On October 22, MG enthusiasts around the world the news that MGB production had at Abingdon. Although owner kept the brand on life by rebadging sporty versions of its hatchbacks and sedans as MGs, car aficionados were left But stirrings within Rover a true MG sports car rebirth for the and spearheading that rebirth be a modern classic, the 1993-1995 MG RV8.

When the Rover-owned British Heritage classic car subsidiary creating brand-new MGB body from original tooling and in 1988, Rover executives saw the to use them to create a special new Working in the span of 15 months a £5-million budget, the Rover Projects team turned commemorative sports car from to production reality.

While the final assembly would be by just 18 specialists at Rover’s factory in Oxford, the bodies be built in the British Motor plant at Faringdon, Oxfordshire. The production breakdown was five carryover MGB parts, 20 percent MGB parts and 75 percent completely new

The MG RV8‘s main visual from the MGB shell were its inner and outer fenders an untrimmed character line, matching rocker panels and a new Color-matched Reinforced Injected bumpers and headlamp surrounds and smoothed its appearance, and Porsche 911 and Bentley-style taillamps added modernity.

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The RV8 got its name from its corporate 3.9-liter, Lucas fuel-injected mated exclusively to a Rover gearbox; its 190hp was enough to the 2,565-pound roadster to 60 MPH in 5.9 seconds and on to 135 Underpinning the car was the MGB GT V-8’s live axle (albeit widened and to a limited-slip differential, Koni shocks and an anti-roll bar), new Koni front shocks and power front disc/rear brakes.

Suiting its hand-built nature and (roughly $42,500 in 1993 price tag, the MG RV8 was trimmed in the English tradition with leather seating, deep-pile and burr elm wood trim; its cloth convertible top was lined,

Ergonomic updates improved comfort and a one-piece windshield eliminated the vent windows, but power windows and power were not available, and air conditioning was

The MG RV8 was introduced on October 20, 1992, at the International Motor Show in exactly 30 years and one month the debut of the MGB upon which it was The first production RV8 was completed on 30, 1993, and this anniversary car would be built at the rate of 15 per over the course of two years. By the that RV8 production ended in 1995, the mid-engine MGF would be on the

Of the 1,982 built, 92 examples to Europe, 307 stayed home in the and 1,583 went to Japan. No RV8s came to America.

article originally appeared in the 2010 issue of Hemmings News.

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