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Byline: Quentin Willson

I SPENT an entertaining day hurtling around in one of the few Rover SV-Rs that made it out of Longbridge. I have to say that Rover's most expensive car, and the company's swansong, is a blindingly good motor. Yes, the build quality's not brilliant, and, yes, the pounds 82,000 list price was wildly optimistic, but that fantastic 5.0-litre 400 bhp V8 and intelligent chassis dynamics guarantee huge helpings of controllable sideways fun. Mash the pedal and the V8 cackles, the rear hunkers down and an enormous bow-wave of power shoulders its way in. Quick, pliant, lithe and gloriously outrageous, the SV-R is one Rover we should rave about. With only a handful in existence, they're rarer than honest politicians, and rumour has it that some of the standard SVs that MG Rover lent to celebrities before the firm went bump were never collected. So if you come across a cheap one in the classifieds, grab it. The SV-R is a banshee worth buying.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 4, 2005
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