200/400 (R8)

The cars : Rover 200/400 development history


Rover comes good. NOW Rover was safely tucked under the wing of British Aerospace, the company was starting to begin to look like a viable, going concern: Graham Day had made some painful cuts in the business during his short tenure as Chairman and Managing Director of Rover, but thanks to the comparative excellence of […]

Our cars : Rover 216GSi’s second Life

Sad view...

Today, our old Rover 216GSi starts into a new lease of life – hopefully a successful one… Words and photography: Alexander Boucke Three years and almost two months ago, the useful life seemed over for our beautiful 1991 Rover 216, not without reason – although reliable, the Honda engine used rather inconvenient amounts of oil, […]

Unsung Heroes : Rover 420 Tourer

420GSi Tourer.  A class above the Astra or Escort estate? We think so!

AROnline takes a another look at the decent metal which once adorned the highways and by-ways of our green and pleasant land. Mike Humble again, snatches the keys to one of Rovers finer cars. Far from being the most spacious or cheapest hold all on the market, this one had that vital ingredient that placed […]

Engines : K-Series


In taking over from the venerable A-series, Rover’s hi-tech new engine had a hard act to follow. However, it went on to earn itself an enviable reputation for fragility in both four- and six-cylinder forms. KEITH ADAMS discusses this controversial engine… The light fantastic HOW to replace the irreplaceable A-series engine? Build a light, powerful […]

Essay : Why I don’t love the Rover R8…

Ardent supporter of BMC>MG products, man and boy, Steven Ward decides to call time on the Rover R8… Was it as good as it’s cracked up to be? So, AROnline has voted the R8 as its collective car for 2009. It is a fine and worthy choice, no doubt about it. It showed that Longbridge […]

Gallery : Honda Concerto TD


Diesel disadvantage THERE has always been a big gap in demand for diesel powered car between Japan and Europe. In countries such as Italy and France, diesel has long enjoyed a significant tax advantage over petrol, meaning that during times when crude oil prices were at their lowest, DERV was little more than half the […]

Gallery : Rover 200/400

1989 Rover 200-Series In 1989, the 200 range appeared with the Rover K-Series engine (intially in 95PS form), with the upper range 216 models featuring the single-cam Honda D-Series engine. Initial range looked like this: 214Si, 214SLi, 214GSi, 216SLi, 216GSi (oh, how simple it looked back then…) The classy five-door soon picked up a following […]

Buying guide : Rover 200/400

Buying an R8 Fancy a Rover 200/400? Here’s what to look out for… Words: Mike Humble Availability Years produced: 1989-1998 Body style: three- and five-door hatchback, four-door saloon, two-door coupé two-door cabriolet, five-door estate. Engine options: Petrol: 1.4 (8v), 1.4 (16v), 1.6-1.8 and 2.0 Diesel: 1.8-1.8 (turbo) Transmission options: Five-speed manual; four-speed Honda auto, and […]

BMC>MG’s Top Ten sellers : 1952-2005

Keith Adams WITH THE number of BMC/Leyland/Rover cars on our roads diminishing rapidly, we take stock of the successive companies’ ten most popular cars during the post-war years. Some of these numbers are going to shock you, simply because the cars are so rare on the road now. In fact, even the latest car on […]

Car of the month : September 2010

The Rover 200/400 looks crisp and exciting over two decades on from its launch. Early ones are getting rare now, and Mike Humble’s example is one of the best… Words and pictures: Mike Humble The high watermark A lovely car in a lovely(ish) setting… I NEVER get emotionally tied to cars. Yes I enjoy them […]