Once referred to as ‘the poor man’s Aston Martin’
by Motor magazine, the Rover Vitesse remains a fast and effective bruiser of a sports saloon, despite the relatively paltry horsepower figure. Extrovert spoilers and racy trim completed the Vitesse transformation, and, despite the SD1 having been around for six years when it first appeared, it was a surprise success for Rover. Later twin plenum version homologation special, developed with help from Lotus, was more powerful. TWR-prepared touring car racers won at international level. Add another 20% for Twin Plenum cars.
Price at launch:
Independent, MacPherson strut, coil spring, anti-roll bar
Live axle, coil spring, Watt linkage
rack and pinion