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Rover 200 (R8)
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Rover 214/Rover 216/Rover 218/Rover 220 (R8). 1989–98 (prod. 708,003). 3- and 5-door saloon, 2-door convertible, 2-door coupé. F/F, 1396, 1590 cm³ petrol, 1769, 1905 cm³ diesel (I4 OHC), 1588, 1590, 1994 cm³ (I4 DOHC). Twin to Honda Concerto with even greater Austin Rover input than prior Rover 200 series, and probably the company’s most competitive range against ageing Ford Escort and even newer rivals such as Fiat Tipo (160). Some diesels sold with Honda badges but Rover bodywork. Cabriolet from 1992. Three-door launched 1992 with more powerful versions competing as a hot hatch; two-door coupé, codenamed Tomcat, well regarded as a performance derivative, from 1993. Two facelifts, including 1994 one grafting on formal Rover grille. Saloons deleted with launch of R3, but coupé and convertible carried on to 1998 without 200 name.

Manufacturing location: Longbridge, Birmingham, England

Marque: Rover | Model: Rover 200 | Predecessors: Rover 213, 216, Austin Maestro | Successors: Rover 200 (R3), Rover 400 (HH)

q.v. Rover 400 (R8)

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