Rover concepts

Concepts : Rover P7

Concepts : Rover P7

Ever wondered why we have a Rover P6 and P8 – but no P7? Wonder no more as we tell the fascinating story of the five-cylinder that could have beaten Audi by years…

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Concepts : Rover P8/P9

Concepts : Rover P8/P9

The full story of Rover’s stillborn range topper, killed days before it was given the go-ahead for production. A victim of politics, poor crash testing, and internal rivalries.

Concepts : Rover P9 gallery

Concepts : Rover P9 gallery

The supercar that never was… P9 Interior styling schemes In case you were in any doubt as to whether the P9 was investigated fully and readied for production, here’s the full-size interior mock-up for the promising mid-engined supercar. As can be seen by the detailing, it would have been a bang-up-to-date effort, and possessed plenty […]

News : Rover P8 breaks cover at HMC

News : Rover P8 breaks cover at HMC

Words: Keith Adams Photography: Eamonn Burnell and Nick Dunning Disturbing photographs taken last weekend of ‘priceless’ one-off prototypes being stored in the open at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon have been sent into AROnline. The cars – including most notably the only remaining Rover P8 prototype, booted Metro, AR6, and famous ‘pizza delivery’ mid-engined […]

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 […]

In-house designs : Rover RDX60

In-house designs : Rover RDX60

The last chance saloon MG Rover. It was a brave new beginning for the remants of The Rover Group, split up and sold off by BMW in May 2000. The consortium responsible for the formation of MG Rover – Phoenix – was led by John Towers, and if anyone knew the machinations of Longbridge better […]

RDX60 : 2005 facelift

RDX60 : 2005 facelift

The final remix As the RDX60 had been in development (in terms of styling) between 2000 and 2004, it came as no surprise that MG Rover had come under pressure from the Chinese to restyle the car. These images, as revealed in Autocar magazine April 2005, came from an oficial source and revealed a project […]

Rover RDX60 : Gallery and timeline

Rover RDX60 : Gallery and timeline

RDX60 timeline Images of the RDX60 project, and its evolution from 75-based mule to a range of saloon and hatchbacks for the Chinese market, presented to SAIC around Easter 2005… What can be seen is that the styling was fixed fairly early on and then refined as further parties showed an interest in MG Rover. […]

In-house designs : Rover TCV

In-house designs : Rover TCV

The Tourer Concept Vehicle In the months following the formation of MG Rover in May 2000, many changes were quickly put in place that affected the make-up of the product range. Rover’s range was split in two, and the immediate marketing focus was shifted away from the existing brand in an attempt to establish MG […]

In-house designs : Rover R30

In-house designs : Rover R30

A class act BMW knew that in order to create a successful Rover for the 21st century, there needed to be a re-think of the range… a slimming down of model lines. After much consideration on how to go forwards with Rover, it was decided to continue down the road that was leading the company […]

Concepts : Rover P8 gallery

Concepts : Rover P8 gallery

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Essays : P76 vs P8 vs SD1

Essays : P76 vs P8 vs SD1

Oh, so similar under the skin? THE conspiracy theory is a great thing, don’t you think? Usually conjured up by fertile imaginations, conspiracy theories are used to explain away conventional wisdoms, and in doing so, challenge what we hold close to our hearts as solid facts. Take for instance, the Rover 75 – for years […]

Blog : RDX60 ten years on

Blog : RDX60 ten years on

Keith Adams A recent visit to Longbridge saw me set eyes upon the RDX60 for the first time ever and I have to say that it evoked mixed emotions in me. For sure, more than anything else, it represents the embodiment of all those shattered dreams in May 2005 when MG Rover went into administration… […]

Archive : Rover reveals concept car

Archive : Rover reveals concept car

The two top dogs at the UK car maker MG Rover – chief executive Kevin Howe and chairman John Towers – both failed to turn up at the company’s press conference ahead of the 72nd International Motor Show in Geneva on Tuesday. Their conspicuous absence was believed to be due to ongoing talks about a […]

Archive : Anger over British Leyland decision to cancel P8

Archive : Anger over British Leyland decision to cancel P8

By Julian Mounter Our Motoring Correspondent There is considerable disappointnent and some anger at Solihull over the decision of British Leyland to cancel the P8 car, Rover’s intended successor for the 3-5 litre model. Officially, the company is restricting comment to a four line statement which only hints at rationalization; but it is clear that […]