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Rover 800 Mk I
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Rover 820/Rover 825/Rover Sterling/Rover Vitesse (XX). 1986–92 (prod. 193,591). 4- and 5-door saloon. F/F, 1994 cm³ (I4 DOHC), 2500 cm³ diesel (I4 OHC), 2497, 2675 cm³ (V6 DOHC). Much-vaunted XX project, which also created the original Honda Legend (HX). Same platform as Honda—which included double wishbone suspension—and initially set up for dual manufacture (UK and Japan), though each company wound up making its own version exclusively. Excellent executive express, and helped Rover get a good share of the UK market as Ford went to a hatchback configuration for its Granada Mk II replacement. Fastback from 1988, recalling SD1. Sterling the top four-door and Vitesse the top five-door. Less roomy than SD1 due to Legend platform. Diesel from VM Motori. Quality issues meant US-market Sterling failed while the Acura Legend established Honda as a maker of premium automobiles.

Manufacturing location: Cowley, Oxfordshire, England

Marque: Rover | Model: Rover 800 | Predecessor: Rover SD1 | Successor: Rover 800 Mk II


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