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
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