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MGB GT V8

MGB GT V8

Fitting a V8 into the MGB had been tried prior to the launch of the official car by British Leyland (BL) in 1973. Many specialist tuners had completed the conversion and the ideal engine was within the BL stable, that being the Rover V8, the design of which had been bought from Buick in the 1960s. The Rover displaced just 214ci (3,499cc) and, being all-aluminium, weighed barely more than the MGB's cast-iron four-cylinder engine. This kept the MGB V8's handling very balanced, though it was obvious the set-up leaned more towards a grand tourer than out-and-out sports car. Up front the car used double wishbones with coil springs and lever arm shocks, while the rear had leaf springs on a live axle. A brake servo helped the disc front and drum rear cope with the extra speed available. All MGB GT V8s came in fastback form, and not until the 1992 MG RV8 was there a V8 in a roadster.

MGB GT V8 Specifications

Top speed:125 mph (200 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):8.5 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:215 ci (3,528 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:137 bhp (102 kW) @ 5,000 rpm
Max torque:193 lb ft (261 Nm)@ 2,900 rpm
Weight:2,387 lb (1,085 kg)
Economy:24 mpg (8.5 km/I)
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