5-door 5-seater hatchback saloon.
Except for familiar engine, an all-new mid-seventies Rover corporate design, using brand new assembly building at Solihull. Sleek fastback styling (admitted to be inspired by the Ferrari Daytona), new five-speed gearbox, but live rear axle and rear drum brakes. Power-steering standard, however, and - with 155bhp at first - 125mph plus top speed. The first of many SD1 (Specialist Division No.1) derivatives, this spawned the 190bhp Vitesse in 1982, but assembly moved from Solihull to Cowley before this.
3528cc (V8 OHV)
Front engine, front-wheel drive
1976 to 1986
91,248, at Solihull, to early '82