Rover 200 (1995)

Rover 200

The third generation Rover 200, codenamed R3, was smaller than the previous two cars. This was due to Rover's desperate need to replace the ageing Metro, which by now was 15 years old. Although some elements of the old 200-series were carried over (most notably the front structure, heater, steering and front suspension), it was by-and-large an all-new car which had been developed by Rover. Honda did provide early body design support as a result of moving production of the Honda version of the second generation Rover 200 from Longbridge to Swindon leaving a 60,000 unit gap and at this time the car had a cut down version of the previous car's rear floor and suspension and was codenamed SK3. Lack of boot space and other factors led to Rover re-engineering the rear end to take a modified form of the Maestro rear suspension and the product was renamed R3. By the time the car was launched, Honda and Rover had already been "divorced" after the BMW takeover the previous year, and as a result the R3 only used Rover-produced K-Series petrol engines, most notably the 1.8 L VVC version from the MGF, and L-series diesel engine.

Launched with 1.4i 16v (105 bhp) and 1.6i 16v (111 bhp) petrol engines and 2.0 turbodiesel (86 bhp and intercooled 105 bhp (78 kW) versions) engines, the range grew later to include a 1.1i (60 bhp) and 1.4i 8v (75 bhp) engines and also 1.8 16v units in standard (120 bhp) and variable valve formats (145 bhp). Manual gearboxes were available across the range and a CVT option was available on the 1.6i 16v unit.

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