Rover 400/45/MG ZS
The second-generation Rover 400 was intended to underpin Rover’s late-1990s growth into a premium manufacturer. As such, they were vitally important new cars, not least because they were to replace the best-selling 1989 200/400. It was based loosely on the Honda Domani, and was surprisingly sophisticated under the skin.
However with the final Rover co-developed with Honda, they got the pricing and dynamic mix wrong, and just as quickly as the original 200/400 built up a strong following, this 1995 debutante lost it… It was developed into the 45-series in 1999, and post BMW-sell off, it was transformed into the excellent MG ZS.
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Intended to be the cornerstone of Rover’s late-1990s growth, the 400 hatchback and saloon were vitally important new cars – not least because they were to replace the best-selling 1989 200/400. However with the final Rover co-developed with Honda, they got the pricing and dynamic mix wrong, and just as quickly as the original 200/400 […]
Arguably, the Rover 400 was viewed with disappointment by both buyers and certain elements within Rover itself. That said, the Richard Woolley-penned saloon version was a huge improvement over the five-door hatchback, and Rover admitted as much when, at the launch of the five-door hatchback, they told us that the ‘Real 400’ would be with us within […]
Mark Deegan might not be your typical Rover 45 owner, but thanks to an unfortunate incident that befell his Honda Civic, he ended up buying one – and over time, he’s found he rather likes it…
Craig Cheetham Now here’s a curiosity… Okay, so it’s a 2003 Rover 45 1.6, and it’s in upper mid-spec iL trim. In other words, not exactly out of the ordinary. Except for one thing… This latest eBay discovery, which you can view here, is finished in MG Rover’s Monogram ‘Spectre’ paint. Depending on the angle […]
Craig Cheetham Alarmingly, the Rover 400 HH-R has just celebrated its 20th birthday. Apart from making me feel surprisingly old, as history lessons go, the launch of the the car was one that came with many tough lessons for Rover Group, and is cited by many as the beginning of the end for Longbridge (though, […]
Craig Cheetham Mind the cyclist, dear… because if you see this driving towards you, chances are you might take your eyes off the road for few moments… Cheshire Auto Promotions’ two annual Tatton Park classic car shows are always good for unearthing the odd gem – the Car Mart section might not be huge, but […]
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 […]
When John Towers‘ Phoenix bid was accepted by BMW, he knew that there would be a long, hard road ahead to restoring the image of the company, so badly eroded by the BMW debacle. Obviously, a major coup for the company was in keeping hold of the valuable MG nameplate, and this was soon celebrated […]
The MG ZS was always considered the ugly duckling of the MG Rover range, but as Adam Sloman has shown with his own example, a few well-chosen modifications and a revised front end certainly sharpen things up. What do you think? Should the MG ZS have received more recognition when new, and is it a […]
The Rover 400 was a disappointing replacement for the 200/400 range, but that hasn’t stopped Stephen Golder picking and choosing the best parts he can to upgrade his unusual Honda powered Automatic version. One of the last of the line, you can guarantee this is one well-sorted example of the breed. Words and Pictures: Stephen […]