75/MG ZT

The cars : Rover 75/MG ZT development history

The cars : Rover 75/MG ZT development history

The 75 was the first Rover for a generation to be produced without tight budgetary constraints – and it showed with almost previously unheard of engineering quality. However, BMW’s Chairman decided to torpedo the car – and the company that produced it – at its launch in 1998, casting a long shadow over over Rover’s […]

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Our Cars : Friends re-united at the Peterborough BMC Rally

Our Cars : Friends re-united at the Peterborough BMC Rally

Mike Humble Another year… another show, and this time it was the BMC and BL Rally at Nene Park in Peterborough. This particular event is one is one I have never attended until now, and I`m glad that I did because the sun shone almost as brightly as the cars on display. This year, AROnline […]

Rover 75 : 2010 Replacement

Rover 75 : 2010 Replacement

The 2010 Rover 3500 Anyone thinking that the Design Team at Longbridge lacked an understanding of Rover’s rich history should be reassured – and saddened – by these images. Reassured because this imposing looking saloon oozed Rover from its every pore and, had it made production in a form resembling these images, it would have advanced […]

Essay : Rover 75 revisited

Essay : Rover 75 revisited

What would Rover produced during the 1990s without Honda or BMW to influence the situation? Inspired by Roy Axe’s AR18 prototype photos, AROnline‘s very own engineering genius Robert Leitch cooks up an enticing recipe for Rover’s 1990s’ growth… Words: Robert Leitch Doing it Rover’s way… THE APPEARANCE of those previously unseen Rover 700 pictures made […]

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Buying guide : Rover 75

Buying guide : Rover 75

Rover’s bargain 75 offers class, refinement and ability for not much money. Richard Dredge gives you the low-down on the front wheel drive models… Availability Years produced: 1999-2005 Body style: 4-door, 5-door estate Engine options: 1796cc K-Series, 115bhp 1796cc K-Series Turbo, 150bhp 1991cc KV6-Series, 150bhp 2497cc KV6-Series, 177bhp 1951cc M47-Series CDT, 116/131bhp Transmission options: 5-speed […]

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Concepts and prototypes : MG ZT XPower 385

Concepts and prototypes : MG ZT XPower 385

The most powerful version of the rear-wheel drive MG ZT spent a long time in development – and in the end it didn’t make it into production, as time ran out for it. Wearing the coveted chassis number one, the ZT XPower 385 is another of those fascinating might-have-beens that never saw the light of […]

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Prototypes : Zhonghua 75-800

Prototypes : Zhonghua 75-800

It is well known that Rover and China Brilliance were in talks regarding the co-development of a next-generation of executive cars, but as things had gone quiet, and with BMW stepping into the fray, the deal was called off. However, according to Erik van Ingen Schenau, a rather interesting ‘Rover 75′ appeared in China in […]

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Blog : Rover 75 launch – where did the time go?

Blog : Rover 75 launch – where did the time go?

Keith Adams Fourteen years ago today, Rover unveiled the production version of the 75 to the press in an expansive and ambitious event at Tower Bridge in London. It wasn’t the first time the car had been seen – it was officially unveiled at the previous year’s NEC Motor Show alongside the Jaguar S-Type. Yes, […]

Blog : Living the dream

Blog : Living the dream

Steven Ward Exactly a decade ago this week, I had the opportunity to live out a childhood dream; that is to buy a brand new car at an International motor show.  Naturally, the car came from our dear old MG-Rover Group and the show was Birmingham’s Motor Fair. The location was of course in the […]

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Blog : Rover 75 V8 – the modern classic?

Blog : Rover 75 V8 – the modern classic?

Keith Adams I still vividly remember the 2004 Geneva Motor Show. The extent of MG Rover’s troubles following the November 2003 expose about ‘irregularities’ in its directors’ pay packets had yet to become too widespread, and there was still a degree of optimism for the company’s future. At the show, the wraps came off the […]

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Blog : Rover 75 – Dream or nightmare?

Blog : Rover 75 – Dream or nightmare?

Warren Loveridge, New Zealand What’s with the Rover 75? It has plagued my dreams for years. Those sweeping lines, that unparalleled interior, the element of tragedy about what must surely be one of the best saloons the British have ever built. I’ve gazed at them admiringly ever since they first appeared. I sat in them […]

MacNeillie Rover 75s

The long and the short of how the 75 was stretched… MacNeillie Regency In 1999, the 800-based Regency gave way to a new version based on the Rover 75, again available in 6-door form and aimed primarily at the funeral trade, although it could also be ordered with full armour-plating and bomb-resistance for the protection […]

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Picture gallery : Rover 75/MG ZT

Images of the Richard Woolley styled Rover 75… designed to look contemporary and retro at the same time, the new car was designed with an eye to looking more solid and prestigious than the 600 and 800 it replaced. Launched at the same time as the Jaguar S-Type, the Rover 75 was greeted with almost […]

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Feature : Retro Rover vs Retro Jaguar

The NEC Motorshow in 1998 was a vitally important event for Rover and Jaguar. Both companies launched brand new cars – and in both cases, they were devised the way they were to re-establish traditional marque values. Both cars were styled to evoke memories of 1950s and ’60s products, but the question remains: which did […]

Engines : K-Series

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 […]

MGs for a new millennium: from X to Z

When John Towers‘ Phoenix bid was accepted by BMW, he knew that there would be a long, hard road ahead to restoring the image of the company, so badly eroded by the BMW debacle. Obviously, a major coup for the company was in keeping hold of the valuable MG nameplate, and this was soon celebrated […]

Rover 75 : From Cowley to Longbridge

Following BMW’s disposal of the Rover Group in 2000, production of the then-new 75 needed moving from Cowley to Longbridge. Here’s the story, as recounted by IAN ELLIOTT back in 2000, and produced for the then fledgling MG Rover PR Department. It makes fascinating reading to this day, and shows just how logistical mountains can […]

Concepts and prototypes : Rover 75

Concepts and prototypes : Rover 75

Not a lot of pictures of the R40′s development programme have surfaced; mainly because Richard Woolley’s 1993 design was considered so successful, it didn’t change between the time the clay model was finalised, and the launch of the car five years later. However, the interior was subject to a lot of soul searching, and two […]

Tested : Alfa Romeo 156 vs MG ZT

Sporting pretenders? Introduction YOU’RE enjoying a B-Road thrash behind the wheel of your favourite MG – the steering is sharp, the roadholding accurate, and driver involvement, high. Britain’s back roads are twisty and demanding – the perfect playground for a well set-up sporting saloon, and not the kind of place you’d expect a diesel-powered car […]

Concepts : Rover 75 Coupe

Concepts : Rover 75 Coupe

Coupe rennaissance THIS was the car that Rover fans have been waiting for since the launch of the 75 in the autumn of 1998. The coupe version of what has been dubbed the best car in Rover’s history. Looking at the design proposal, it was hard not to be impressed with the saloon to coupe […]