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1988-1991 ROVER 800 Vitesse/Sterling specifications


As a replacement for the Rover SD1, the 800 should have hit the spot perfectly – it was sophisticated, powered by a range of multi-valve engines, and looked bang up to date. But those shiny new engines failed to deliver, and early build issues soon tarnished the new car’s reputation. The 2.5-litre Honda V6 was soon replaced by a torquier 2.7, and that transformed the Sterling and its new Vitesse stablemate into a fast and effortless sporting saloon. Nice examples of the Honda-engined cars are now going up in value, although there’s little upward movement for the fours.

Production

  • Production:
    49,496 827s in total
  • Price at launch:
    £23,950
  • Price (excellent)
    £2,000
  • Price (good):
    £1,000
  • Price (average):
    £550
  • Price (project):
    £350

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    7.7secs
  • Top speed:
    139.0mph
  • Power:
    177.0bhp
  • Torque:
    168.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    V6
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    electronic fuel injection

Chassis

  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Five-speed manual/four-speed automaltic

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4690mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2758mm
  • Width:
    1730mm
  • Height:
    1397mm
  • Weight:
    1427kgs

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