Rover SD1 1976-1986

Rover SD1 1976-1986

When it was launched in June 1976, the Rover SD1, was a very bold step forward by Rover standards. Gone was the Auntie Rover image and in its place was a new low drag sporty hatchback.

Inspired by the Ferrari Daytona, designed by Director of styling David Bache, the 3500, with its 155 BHP V8 engine, showed great promise. Initially very successful, but after a while things started to go wrong, such as paint problems, water leaks, rust, and poor reliability.

Car of the Year 1977

Car of the Year 1977

1982 brought the launch of the Series 2 models, with revised trim levels and body updates, now with most of the problems with paint and reliability behind it, as well as new models being introduced, sales improved.

Last in the range was the Vitesse and production ceased in October 1986. In all about 300,000 SD1s were produced.

1985 Rover Vitesse

1985 Rover Vitesse

1985 Rover Vitesse

V8, 3528cc

194hp @ 5280 rpm

5 speed manual

Unitary construction

Lowered and stiffened suspension


Top speed
219 km/h

0-100 km/h: 7.7 s

Dimensions n/a

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