Rover 200/400 (R8)
The development of this version of the Rover 200 (R8) model commenced in late 1984, when Austin Rover and Honda signed a fourth collaborative venture, following on from the Triumph Acclaim, Rover 213 and 800. At launch in 1989, it proved to be a substantial hit, doing much to temporarily revive the fortunes of its maker.
Unlike in the case of the Rover 800, where Honda and Austin Rover ended up designing their own cars side by side, the ‘YY’ project as it was called at the start of the venture, would be conducted in a very different way, with Honda being the dominant engineering partner. The big Rover input came down to its K-series engine.
Here’s its story
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 […]
With the number of BMC>MGR cars on our roads diminishing rapidly, we take stock of the successive companies’ 10 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 this list is now proving to be a rather unusual spot.
Craig Cheetham Now, I’m not normally a massive fan of football… I appreciate it’s the most popular sport in the world, and certainly in the UK, but for me the ball’s the wrong shape and the players are generally a bunch of girls who like to writhe around in pretend agony and cheat quite a […]
Mike Humble Well, after it’s first long run up to Peterborough and back for the BMC / BL rally I can say that the latest project car seems to be behaving reasonably okay . I use the term loosely of course owing to the fact that the R8’s copy book does seem to have one […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Roger Blaxall Friday, 30th November. It’s a very special date for me – two years ago I took the plunge and invested all of £150 in a Rover 416 SLi saloon. A foolish move? Well, so far, so good – it’s been one of the best cars I’ve ever bought* It all started so predictably […]
Another of AROnline‘s international readers dazzles us with their sensational Rover. This time, it’s a 216GTi and it lives in Buenos Airies in Argentina – not exactly your typical stamping ground for the R8. Its owner, Alejandro Cáceres tells the story of how he fell for Rovers, and why he’s now the proud owner of […]
We like rescue stories, and none come better than this one – caught languishing on the forums by Trevor Hallworth, this 220GSi, has been fastidiously kept, and had it not been for his eagle eye, could well have been heading for the dog-house. In white and with just over 40,000 miles on the clock, this […]
Still regarded as Rover’s highest watermark since the P6, the Rover R8 fought a tough battle with the Escort and Astra for sales supremecy in the hatchback market in the UK during the early 1990s. Sadly, that momentum wasn’t maintained with the R8’s replacement… and taking a look at this one shows why – it’s […]
It’s been a while since we featured a modified car for the monthly honour at austin-rover.co.uk, and thought it was a situation that needed amending. The car in question is a pretty Tomcat, owned by Mark Gomer, who actually pretty much bought the car by accident, then fell in love with it subsequently. His modification […]
For a while, commentators have marked the Rover Tomcat out as a future classic. Well, we reckon they’re wrong… as they all ready are. The car already has a cult following, and the best examples are already being cared for in a way that you simply don’t see with many other cars produced during this […]
The Rover R8 is one our readers’ favourite cars, as its high ranking in the 2004’s poll to find the BMC>Rover top ten clearly demonstates… Here is a particular nice example which proves the R8 is on the verge to getting a collectors car – certainly in mainland Europe, where a car like this is […]