Metro/100

The cars : Rover Metro/100 development history

The cars : Rover Metro/100 development history

Under the skin, there was plenty to crow about the Rover Metro of 1990 – the K-Series engine and interconnected Hydragas suspension were a technical marvel in this class. However, the same-again styling stunted its long term sales success…  Metromorphosis THE story of the Rover Metro is one of missed opportunities, a convoluted development programme […]

By September 23, 2011 5 Comments Read More →
Concepts : Austin AR6

Concepts : Austin AR6

Paradise lost The Roy Axe studio in Canley had been created to move Austin Rover forwards with a new design direction. Interesting projects were soon underway, with the initial effort being concentrated the XX Programme – however, by the end of 1982, ARG designers were also working hard on the replacement for the Metro, dubbed […]

News : ‘New’ Metro Cabrio unearthed in Germany

News : ‘New’ Metro Cabrio unearthed in Germany

Keith Adams AROnline‘s Deputy Editor, Alexander Boucke, has just spotted this beauty for sale not far from his home in Germany. The car, a 1995 Rover 114 Cabriolet is unusual enough, especially in mainland Europe, but what makes this one especially exciting is that it has a mere 58km on the clock – it’s effectively […]

News : Alex Moulton’s R6 development Metro sold

News : Alex Moulton’s R6 development Metro sold

Keith Adams The car that was instrumental in the development of the Rover Metro/100 has been sold by Bonhams for £1035 at its final auction of the year. The 1981 Austin Metro 1.3S was owned from new by Moulton Developments and, like so many of the good Doctor’s cars, was highly modified from original specification. […]

By December 15, 2013 20 Comments Read More →
Technical : Hydragas explained

Technical : Hydragas explained

Hydragas suspension was one of the quiet achievements pioneered and refined by British Leyland – and yet, it never received the praise it deserved. KEITH ADAMS briefly explains how the system works. Pioneer that led nowhere… SINCE the introduction of the Mini in 1959, BL’s predecessor, the British Motor Corporation (BMC), had been right at […]

By December 11, 2012 13 Comments Read More →
Blog : The Rover 100 still rules the roost

Blog : The Rover 100 still rules the roost

Ben Adams The Rover Metro/100-the best (spare) car in the real world? I write this after completing a 200 mile journey from West Sussex back up to my home in Staffordshire. Its 10.35 at night yet I am not tired nor am I suffering from any backache whatsoever. For the past three weeks and 1200 […]

By September 5, 2012 37 Comments Read More →
Concepts : 1991 Rover Metro SP

Concepts : 1991 Rover Metro SP

Rover Special Products wanted to recreate the magic of the early-’80s by producing a spiritual successor to the MG Metro Turbo. The Metro SP was that car, and it made it to full-sized styling prototype. Keith Adams Special K While Rover Special Products had handed out the Montego Lifestyle and Maestro-based Tarka to Steve Harper […]

Unsung Heroes : Rover Metro/114 GTa

Unsung Heroes : Rover Metro/114 GTa

AROnline takes a another look at the cars which once littered the streets of blighty which now are vanishing fast. We love the Rover Metro/100 and the mildy-sporting GTa proved that power isn’t everything when cheeky charm is in abundance. Mike Humble grabs the keys… The little bounder As cute as a Labrador puppy yet […]

By February 6, 2012 83 Comments Read More →
Essay: does going topless lose its appeal?

Essay: does going topless lose its appeal?

Richard Kilptrick Back in 1992, when I gained that hugely valuable slip of paper allowing me to drive anything, anywhere (within reason), I had one thing on my mind. Well, two. Only one’s relevant to this article though. I was utterly obsessed with topless models. Yes, the glorious red four-door Chevette that gave me those […]

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 […]

Tested : Battle of the Scouts // Škoda v Metro

Tough, small multi-activity hatchbacks such as the Skoda Roomster Scout are all the rage now, but Rover could have got in on the act 15 years ago… and been at the head of the queue… Keith Adams compares and contrasts two remarkably similar packages, separated by a mere 15-years… Scout trip WITH its uber-trendy multi-function […]

Concepts and prototypes : ADC Scout

Concepts and prototypes : ADC Scout

Predating the Rover Streetwise. by over a decade, the Metro-based Scout could have given Rover an early foothold in the emerging soft-roader market, but it was not to be. We take a look at this interesting project, and ask whether it was another missed opportunity for the Rover Group. But is it Street wise? IN […]

The cars : Rover Metro/100 cabrio

The cars : Rover Metro/100 cabrio

Thanks to the success of cars such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Escort Cabriolet during the 1980s, demand for open-tops based on hatchbacks ballooned during that decade. Things died down as the 1980s turned into the 1990s, but that didn’t stop the ever-resourceful and niche-hungry Rover to introduce a family of rag-tops topped and […]

Concepts : Rover R6X

Concepts : Rover R6X

Metro’s missed opportunity Cost constraints killed the interesting AR6 Metro-replacement project, just as it was on the cusp of production. The lower cost alternative was to build a car based on the then current Metro, yet housing the PSA gearbox and K-Series engine. The underlying excellence of the K-Series engine, in particular, meant that there […]

Essays : The slightly premature euthanasia of the final BMC model

Essays : The slightly premature euthanasia of the final BMC model

Steven Ward 13 years ago last month, the Metro productions lines stopped. Spurred on by Mike Humble’s recent blog, Steven Ward looks back at its final stint in sales. Maybe euthanasia’s not the correct term - I mean the model was hardly in its first, second or even third flush of youth. It wasn’t a trendy or even a sensible […]

Buying guide : Rover Metro/100

Fancy a K-Series Rover Metro or 100? Here’s what to look out for… Years produced: 1990-1998 Body style: 3-door, 5-door hatchback Engine options: 1120cc K-Series inline-four 1396cc K-Series inline-four 8V (76bhp) and 16v (95, 103bhp) 1360cc Peugeot TU diesel inline-four 1527cc Peugeot TU diesel in-line four Transmission options: 4-Speed manual, 5-speed manual, CVT automatic, front […]

By September 25, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

Project Pride

Take one 50-year old record, and a group of talented and driven engineers – and the result is a Rover world endurance record… Writing for AUTOCAR magazine back in August 1990, Andrew Frankel gets close to the record-winning Metro GTi, and reports that it was an exciting steer. The 130mph Metro GTi IT COULD never […]

By September 25, 2010 4 Comments Read More →

Car of the month : April 2010

Made famous for creating the Plymouth-Dakar Rally, Julian Nowill has long since been associated with the Eastern European car scene. But he’s turning to the darkside, and has finally come out of the closet regarding his fondness for AROnline’s favourite cars. This particularly tasty Metro is set to serve Julian for years to come, and […]

Metro: a couple of weeks on…

Metro: a couple of weeks on…

Keith Adams Against my better judgment, I’ve been tooling around in a Rover Metro 1.4LD for the past couple of weeks in order to save while I drive. In its first week’s of motoring, a £29 refill was all it needed and the old girl’s averaged 68mpg. Okay, so it’s not exactly set the roads on […]

By November 17, 2009 8 Comments Read More →

Blog : Why aren’t all small autos CVT?

Ian Seabrook Recently, my Rover 2000 went into a garage for some work and I ended up borrowing a Rover 100 CVT as a courtesy car. I’d not had the pleasure of the ‘gearless’ Metro before and I must admit that I was looking forward to it. Sure, the build quality was shocking – the […]