The last time MG fans could buy a V8-engined MG sportscar, it was the mid-1990s and the product was called the RV8, a warmed-over, updated version of the ancient 1960s-designed MGB that was virtually hand-produced at what is now BMW's Cowley Mini factory. It had its following, was exported as far as Japan and is now sought after by classic MG collectors. But the car had its detractors, too, for its mutton-dressed-as-lamb engineering approach and is unlikely to go down in history as one of the all-time MG greats.