Rover Metro/100 (R6)
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
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]