The bearings can be replaced with more durable steel caged bearings. Although there appears to be no loss of grip, the alarming height difference between driver and passenger can cast doubt on the Rover's full capabilities. Co-developed with , it was a close relative to the and the successor to the. Non-sport Vitesse models have approx 180 bhp 130 kW , whilst the sport has 197 bhp 147 kW. Si Excellent work mate I like it, so much so, I'm going to the scrap yard tomorrow to find one, looks really good compared to the crappy light it comes with. Meeting the clutch biting point to pull away amplifies such questionable build quality.
Utilising such enhancements as sodium-filled exhaust valves and forged pistons the car produced 180 bhp 134 kW , although there is much speculation about this figure being severely held back by the electronics as not to step on the toes of the 177 bhp 132 kW V6-engined models as well as to preserve the reliability of the gearbox. Yet for cruising around town and murmuring along quiet roads, the drive is largely faultless. Blipping the throttle briskly rattles each dashboard component with gusto. It was awkward to do and took me a couple of hours with a few swear words thrown in between coffee's and fag's. This was called M8, it differed from the O-series engine as the water pump was driven by the timing belt.
Admittedly, pushing beyond 70mph changes everything; at this point, the engine is driven out of its comfort zone and into something of a frenzy. Unlike its rear-wheel drive predecessor, it had front-wheel drive. This saw the reintroduction of the traditional Rover grille and more curvaceous bodywork. A great swathe of enthusiasts across the globe enjoy, modify and restore Rovers of all ages. The original Rover 800 had also formed the basis for the coupe version of the Honda Legend after its 1986 launch, but at the time Rover had decided against launching a coupe version of the 800 series. It should be noted that the 2. The Rover 820 Vitesse in most guises suffered from problems with gearbox bearings because of the large amount of power from the 2-litre turbo engine.
Tucking the front end into any gradient at speed results in body roll that a Range Rover Classic would be proud of. In a world of lucrative V8, smooth V12 and turbo-charged coupés, later Rover models were installed with a 2. You can achieve 60mph from a standstill in little over 11 seconds, with a reported 120bhp to play with. So, happy, I set too to fit it. Automotive historians also struggle to grasp the Rover 800 Coupé's original price tag. It directly competed with the likes of the and. I know Charlzy has done this mod and it looks rather good.
In fact, this is one of the primary reasons for the owners clubs existence with an emphasis placed on promotion of the 800 series at shows and events across the country. Yet, even with such affection for the marque, one model eludes enthusiast regard. Yet you can forgive these quality deficiencies once on the move, as the ridged bonnet slices through the scenery. While comfort levels are rarely affected, the lurch over undulating surfaces soon becomes tiresome. As a daily hack with a difference, you can do a lot worse. You'll get over 30mpg on a run. A facelift in 1996 provided few exterior changes, the most noticeable being the painting of previously black rubbing strips on all models except the coupé and the revision of the suspension system.
It eats fuel, but in return provides extra oomph and a redline beyond 7000rpm. Indeed, as sales figures would have you believe, the main reason the 800 kept its head above water in the home market was that it was made in Britain. Sadly, the first-generation 800 made so little impact Stateside that Rover pulled out before the launch of the 800 Coupé — leaving the Europeans with questionable posture when the going got rough. The shape remains one of failure, of submission to foreigners. The transmission is often indecisive, changing up and down with the doggedness of a wrecking ball.
It was, however, sold to other export markets. Keeping to sensible speeds has rarely been so relaxing. This Coupé, which I had wanted to hate so badly, had captured my affection despite its initial flaws. A budget version of the 800, using an eight-valve as opposed to the usual 16-valve version of the was introduced. Right, went to the scrappers today to have a smooch around and see what I could get. Even in car circles, the British marque is met with considerable disdain.
While the plastic inserts feel rough and loose, the electric window and seat controls seem second rate to the touch. View in gallery Firing up the ignition, the car radiates with vibration most unbefitting of a luxurious Coupé. Negotiating a farm lane will undoubtedly shake the more delicate parts of the dashboard onto the floor. It was instead a four-pot; a weedy 2. Grille fins became silver in colour, instead of their former black. If you can find a 2.
Rover at the time, with no understanding of the problems, simply replaced the engines. The interior is an excellent place to reside; even this low-end version is impressively trimmed, and apparently eighty percent of it was fitted by hand. From 1992 until 1996, the Rover 800 Coupe came exclusively with the 2. This was sometimes due to incorrect gearbox fluid changes. Deep carpets and quilted door cards, along with padded armrests and clear-cut instruments, bestow the interior with an incredibly upmarket feel that dissipates only as you discover the imperfections.
Eighty percent of the interior and exterior of the 800 coupe was finished by hand. A couple of pics of it all done. It feels as though the car is crafted from cardboard — but then proceedings get interesting. The unsettling exhaust tone transforms into a raw, gruff snarl that keeps fixtures and fittings firmly in place. Back in the day, this specification screamed of desperation. Initially, only a body was offered; a version — referred to as a — became available in 1988. I was over the Moon! Honda and agreed that Legends would also be built in the for the British market.