The History of Rover 75

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The History Of Rover 75

This is about the motor vehicle 1999–2005. For the original Rover 75 of see Rover P4.

The Rover 75 (codenamed R40 development) is an executive car produced by the Rover Group at Cowley, UK, and later by MG Rover at their site in Birmingham, UK. The Rover 75 was with either a saloon or body and, latterly, front-wheel drive or, in V8-engined with rear-wheel drive.

The 75 was unveiled at the 1998 Birmingham Show — at the same time as the new S-Type which had similarly styling. Deliveries commenced in 1999 from Rover’s production facility.

Production of the and MG branded models ceased in when manufacturer MG Rover administration. However, ‘new’ with delivery mileage are being registered. The Chinese SAIC has started production of version of the 75, called the Roewe which is a slightly stretched of the standard R40 design developed designs purchased from MG Group in 2004.

Rival manufacturer Nanjing Automobile (the owner of the MG brand and MGR has started production of the MG 7. The latter cannot be branded as a Rover NAC-MG do not own the rights to the brand, Ford purchased in 2006. version is essentially the same as the models built in Britain by MG Group.

Both the MG 7 and Roewe 750 started production in China.

The 75 started life as a project for the re-skin of the Rover 600, the control of Rover Group Richard Woolley, but following the BMW it was quickly decided that the 600 would not be re-skinned but replaced by an new model. Work on the new model, ‘R40′ progressed well little operational interference BMW, with the basic having received an enthusiastic from BMW management and both BMW and believing that a retro would be the ideal choice for At the same time it offered a marketing separation from the E46 BMW 3 in the executive segment.

Under the skin, there was a attempt at considerable component and sharing with BMW to replace the of the previous partner Honda. To the previously employed Perkins-developed that were efficient, but BMW provided its own common rail (known in the Rover 75 as the M47R). diesel engine was a mildly BMW 2.0 litre turbodiesel, the same engine being used at the time in the 3 5-Series, and the Land-Rover

Petrol engines provided Rovers own K series in 4 cylinder of 1.8 litre displacement, with 16 valve form with Motorola MEMS engine The quad cam KV6 was provided in 2.0 and 2.5 litre with 24 valves and Siemens management. The 2.0 litre was dropped on of the 1.8 litre turbo as these more favourable to the UK company market (company cars are by the UK Government according to carbon emissions).

Gear boxes on all cars were Getrag 5 fed via a hydraulic clutch, and automatic were fitted with a 5 Jatco unit.

Press at the launch that the 75 was based on the BMW 5 thanks to its large size and the central tunnel in the chassis only found on rear drive cars) and the BMW Z-Link from the rear wheel BMW 3-Series, was misinformed. The central was built into the chassis to structural rigidity, using a floorpan concept that had front wheel drive but had been rejected and remains by the BMW brand up to the present day.

As the 75 took shape, this engineering was passed over to and evolved into the Rover 75 The tunnel concept with a wheel drive chassis was subsequently also used by BMW for its new and remains in production, due to its extreme and resultant excellent chassis

The car quickly attracted praise for its including its ride quality, and traditional looks. Critics of the car its styling too retro, suggesting it had designed with an older in mind, was not sporting enough compared to the competition. However, the 75 won a of international awards including most beautiful car awards, one in Italy.

Assembly originally place at Cowley, but in 2000, the break up of the Rover Group and the with BMW, production was to Longbridge. 2001 saw the introduction of the 75 Tourer (developed alongside the but never authorised for production by swiftly followed by the MG ZT and MG ZT-T, sporting interpretations of the model, by modified, sporting chassis and colour and trim derivatives.

2000 and 2003, there few changes to the range, the biggest the 2.5 litre V6 engine being by a low pressure turbocharged 1.8 litre, engine. The introduction of the ‘greener’ 1.8 turbo greatly benefited company car drivers who are taxed on dioxide emissions. A customisation Monogram, was launched, allowing to order their car in a wider of exterior paint colours and different interior trims and optional extras installed production.

In early 2004, face-lifted the design of the 75 to a less more European, look all of the modifications were in the bolt on with the body structure unchanged. Rover also a new trim to the range called which featured a more dashboard trim and exterior. design was given a mixed by the motoring press, and Rover the new V8 model with a completely front grille only a few later.

This grille was said to be by the Rover V8s of the past but caused controversy, being similar to the new style of larger Audis. A wheelbase ‘limousine’ version Rover 75 Vanden Plas – a foot longer than the 75 – also adopted this new The Rover V8 grille was made as an option for the rest of the range afterwards.

The Rover 75 V8 was created as of proving MG Rovers engineering and to attract a development partner to the The car was extensively re-engineered to accommodate a 4.6 V8 unit (obtained from and used in the Mustang), driving the wheels to give a car with higher performance, taking of the stiffening tunnel in the body

These cars were on the standard production line, and removed to allow the necessary modifications to be carried out. The were then returned to the lines for completion. Just 900 were produced in both and Tourer (estate or wagon) either Rover 75 or MG ZT trim.

The had numerous differences to the standard drive train not withstanding, non standard heating/ ventilation, and and suspension capable of dealing the extra power. Externally, is little to indicate what is the bonnet, other than exhaust pipes and a couple of badges, although a large grille’ was fitted to some following the 2004 facelift. are likely to become sought as classics.

A heavily modified MG V8, known as the X-15 broke the record for a non-production estate car on Salt Flats in September achieving 225.609mph (363.082km/h). The was bored out to 6 litre producing (570kW; 776PS), but remained aspirated.[citation needed]

Since its launch, the 75 has been one of the popular ministerial cars in the Government. Various Ministers are around in 75s and Tony Blair had to a 75 Limousine while he was in power, but was seen in it. Recently though[when?], Darling has been seen in a Grille’ Rover 75 which be the 75 Limousine. MPs said to have or had a 75 include:[citation needed]


Gordon Brown


Charles Kennedy


Tessa Jowell


What Car? ‘Car of the 1999.

What Car? Executive Car of the Year’ 1999

Car? ‘Diesel Car of the Year’

Auto Express ‘World 1999

The Journal / AA ‘Business Car of the 1999

Italian ‘World’s Beautiful High Class 1999

Bild am Sonntag Steering Wheel Award’

The Society of Plastic Engineers use of plastic’ for the 75’s V6 plastic system 1999

British Motor Show ‘Best and handling front wheel saloon in the world’ 1999

‘Import Car of the Year’ 1999

East Wheels Gears of the Year’ 1999/2000

Japanese Car of the Year’ 2000

New Zealand’s Business Review ‘Car of the 2000

Executive Class Car of the Year’ 2000

What ‘Compact Executive Car of the Year’

The only executive car to be short-listed in the ‘European Car of the Year Awards’

Car Buyer ‘Used Car of the Year’

Used Car Buyer ‘Used Car of the 2001

Diesel Car Magazine Executive Car’ 2001

JD customer satisfaction survey European car in the Top 5’ 2001

Auto Express Used Car ‘Best Diesel Car’

Used Car Buyer ‘Best Medium Car’ 2002

ITM of the Year’ 2002

Australian of Transport Management ‘Car of the 2002

Used Car Buyer Car of the Year’ 2004

Used Car ‘Best Used Family Car of the 2004

‘Most popular Forces Germany tax free car 2004

Auto Express Power ‘Best Ride 2006

Auto Trader Car Awards ‘Best Family 2007

The Rover 75 and MG ZT are currently out of because MG Rover Group into administration in April Specifications for the Rover 75 design purchased by Shanghai Automotive Corporation (SAIC) in early although the new MG Rover Group Nanjing Automobile (Group) (NAC) now owns the tooling for the It was thought unlikely that a would arise since companies are owned by the Chinese however SAIC have started production of their of the Rover 75, while NAC are continuing to forward with production of version, the MG 7Z.

In January 2006, News reported that Nanjing and SAIC would the 75 saloon. Nanjing says it produce the 75 as the MG 7, and the 75 Tourer as the MG 7T, from Both companies are co-operating other about the car’s and components.

In August 2006, the images and details of SAIC’s of the Rover 75 appeared. Originally, was to be called the Lu-sheng 75. Following the of the Rover brand by Ford, a new of Roewe has been created for use

The brand and Roewe 750 were at the 2006 Beijing Motor which took place in The model is based on the long-wheelbase 75 and engineering was completed by Ricardo

Initial sales of the Rover 75 disappointing, as it failed to match the BMW 3 and Audi A4 in the British car sales during 1999. The public of the car at the Birmingham Motor Show was over-shadowed by a speech containing of the British Government’s attitude to assistance in the redevelopment of the Rover factory (where the new Mini was to been produced).

Stunned reaction interpreted this as that BMW were unhappy continuing financial losses and intending to close Rover This undoubtedly scared off prospective buyers, despite the positive reaction to the car itself. it did (and still does) up very well with the S-Type that was unveiled at the show.

But sales picked up during 2000, thanks to it being Britain’s fifth popular new car of the month in April of year. It was still selling well at the time of MG Rover’s in April 2005, and a small of unsold 75s were still in as of early 2007, as Nanjing was preparing to re-open Longbridge.


Classic SE




Connoisseur SE

Vanden (long wheel base

2004-05 (facelift)


Connoisseur SE


Contemporary SE

(replaced Vanden Plas as for LWB model)

2006 SAIC 750

1.8 Turbo base (18K4G, a Rover K-series)

1.8 Turbo (18K4G)

2.5 base (25K4F, a detuned Rover KV6)

2.5 (25K4F, essentially the Rover

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