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Rover 200/400 (R8)

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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.


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The cars : Rover 200/400 development history

The cars : Rover 200/400 development history

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 […]

Essay : Why I don’t love the Rover R8…

Essay : Why I don’t love the Rover R8…

Steven Ward ignores the wider consensus and gives the highly-acclaimed Rover 200/400 both barrels. Is he right, wrong, or just misguided?

Top 10 : BMC>MGR’s most successful cars 1952-2005

Top 10 : BMC>MGR’s most successful cars 1952-2005

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.

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Blog : Footballers’ cars

Blog : Footballers’ cars

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 […]

Our Cars : Mike’s 214GSi – I’m not such a bright spark!

Our Cars : Mike’s 214GSi – I’m not such a bright spark!

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 […]

Our Cars : Friends re-united at the Peterborough BMC Rally

Our Cars : Friends re-united at the Peterborough BMC Rally

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 […]

Our Cars : Rover 216GSi’s second Life

Our Cars : Rover 216GSi’s second Life

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, […]

Unsung Heroes : Rover 420 Tourer

Unsung Heroes : Rover 420 Tourer

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 […]

By 18 February 2012 53 Comments Read More →
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 […]

Gallery : Honda Concerto TD

Gallery : Honda Concerto TD

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 […]