Rover Metro/100 (R6)

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Under the skin, there was plenty to crow about the 1990 Rover Metro, or 100-series in export market. The K-Series engine probably worked best here, while the interconnected Hydragas suspension was a technical marvel in this class, lending it an air of sophistication behind the wheel.

However, the same-again styling stunted its long term sales success in a market where style meant everything. A good seller in the UK, but killed by poor NCAP performance in 1997.


Reviews, blogs and news stories

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 23 September 2011 11 Comments Read More →
Archive : 30 years ago – Ford and ARG’s negotiations go public

Archive : 30 years ago – Ford and ARG’s negotiations go public

During the 1986 negotiations between Ford and Austin Rover, Longbridge’s future model plans were shared with the American company’s executives. Thirty years ago this week, news of this became public knowledge – does it mean that K-series were shared with Uncle Henry? This is how The Guardian reported the story.

The cars : Project Pride

The cars : 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 […]

In-house designs : Rover R6X

In-house designs : Rover R6X

After Rover pulled the plug on the promising AR6 programme, Design Director Roy Axe decided that a light rebody of the upcoming K-series Metro was required to keep it selling. Few would have predicted it ended up looking as good as it did. Shame they never built it.

In-house designs : Austin AR6

In-house designs : Austin AR6

We’ve talked about the Austin AR6 a lot in relation with the company’s development in the mid-1980s, and its march towards privatisation. Here is the car’s full story – from the glint in its designer’s eye to the moment it was cancelled. Would this Ford Fiesta rival have been a success, or was Rover right to stick with the Metro?

By 31 December 2016 17 Comments Read More →
Concepts : 1991 Rover Metro SP

Concepts : 1991 Rover Metro SP

Rover Special Products wanted to recreate the magic of the early-1980s by producing a spiritual successor to the MG Metro Turbo. The Metro SP was that car and it reached the stage of a full-sized styling prototype. Keith Adams Special K While Rover Special Products had handed out the Montego Lifestyle and Maestro-based Tarka to […]

By 22 September 2015 42 Comments Read More →
Blog : This happened…

Blog : This happened…

Craig Cheetham Another new car has joined the Editor’s fleet during a period of ‘slimming down’ that hasn’t quite gone according to plan… The new arrival is, to be fair, something I’ve fancied for a long time. However, it was only when researching survival numbers for my recent An endangered species? piece on this site that I realised how rare […]

Tech : Recharging Hydragas spheres

Tech : Recharging Hydragas spheres

The main problem with Hydragas is that, over time, the sealed units would lose gas and become less effective. Alexander Boucke describes the steps involved in getting your Hydragas suspended car back into rude health Update: More than 11 years after the initial work, the first units that were fitted to a Maxi in autumn […]

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 15 December 2013 23 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 11 December 2012 16 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 5 September 2012 37 Comments Read More →
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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 25 September 2010 2 Comments Read More →