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Legally fitted

A RECENT issue of Carsguide carried a report on Rover's MG XPower SV Club Sport, saying one has been ordered with nitrous oxide injection and 600kW-plus. Is it possible to register this car in Victoria at the moment? The present law says no nitrous oxide can be fitted to a vehicle driven on the street. And the bottle must be disconnected, not merely shut off. I believe all other states have a similar law. I understand, too, that the fact the nitrous system is factory fitted makes no difference.

MG Rover Australia report strong interest in the V8 SV, with plenty of people putting down substantial deposits to get behind the wheel of the Italian-built 350kW sports sedan. There have also been several inquiries about the 600kW version with the nitrous oxide system, but the company says it has not yet decided if any will come to Australia. A spokesman says that, while the nitrous system is factory approved and meets European Economic Community requirements, it would not be legal in Australia. The people showing interest are considering its potential for track use and are not thinking of it as a road car.

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