Why is it called an R8 - MG-Rover.org Forums
 
 
 
Go Back   MG-Rover.org Forums > Model Specific Forums > 'R8' Rovers (aka Wedges!!) > Coupe

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-01-2007, 19:59   #1
timmy toad
Registered User
 

Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: flitwick, beds
Car: rover 25 is daughters car
Posts: 399
Why is it called an R8

Hiya i had an H reg 214 for a number ofyears and found it excellent reliable transport, except when the head gasket failed, but they all do that. LOL.

Anyway all i am asking is why do you call these motors R8's When the bubble shape Rover 200 came along i always thought they were called Rover 200 (89 to 95) similar with the Saloon model Rover 400 (89 to 95).

Just curious thats all, as for a start i thought R8 stood for the Rover 800 model (bloody ugly arent they eh LOL)

Now i see the addition of the description "Wedge shape" in comparison with the "Bubble Shape" it all makes sense well done.
timmy toad is offline   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-01-2007, 20:03   #2
cjmillsnun
Registered User
 

Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Petersfield
Car: MGF Trophy 160 in Trophy Yellow
Posts: 17,831
Send a message via MSN to cjmillsnun
R8 was a code name within Rover for the 200/400

The one for the Bubble was R3
cjmillsnun is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 01-01-2007, 20:09   #3
Ian
Administrator
 

Join Date: Jun 2003
Car: Rover 75 2.0 CDTi Connoisseur Auto, Ford Mondeo, Citroen C5 Tourer, Volvo V60 and Kia Sorento
Posts: 35,579
Garages
Yes, R8 was the development code for the Rover 200 Series Mark 2.

R3 was the development code for the Rover 200 Series Mark 3, and HHR was the development code for the Rover 400 Series Mark 2.
Ian is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 01-01-2007, 20:14   #4
red_rover
Registered User
 

Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Gower
Car: Rover 75
Posts: 5,392
Send a message via MSN to red_rover
Mk1 Rover 200 - SD3
Mk2 Rover 200/mk1 400 - R8 - And no, they' don't 'all do that'
Mk3 Rover 200 - R3
Mk2 Rover 400 HHR
Rover 800 Mk1 - XX
Rover 800 mk2 - R17 - And no, its not bloody ugly.
red_rover is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 01-01-2007, 20:15   #5
Stu
Administrator
 
Stu's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Norfolk
Car: Saab 93 Vert + Alfa Mito Turbo
Posts: 54,155
Garages
Send a message via MSN to Stu Send a message via Skype™ to Stu
There were then sub projects of the R8.

Tomcat = Coupe
Tracer = 400 Tourer
__________________
Stu

Get cash back on your Insurance and many other web purchases through Quidco
Stu is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 01-01-2007, 20:15   #6
Stu
Administrator
 
Stu's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Norfolk
Car: Saab 93 Vert + Alfa Mito Turbo
Posts: 54,155
Garages
Send a message via MSN to Stu Send a message via Skype™ to Stu
For more info:

http://www.austin-rover.co.uk/index.htm?coderoverf.htm
__________________
Stu

Get cash back on your Insurance and many other web purchases through Quidco
Stu is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 01-01-2007, 21:31   #7
timmy toad
Registered User
 

Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: flitwick, beds
Car: rover 25 is daughters car
Posts: 399
Quote:
Originally Posted by red_rover View Post
Mk1 Rover 200 - SD3
Mk2 Rover 200/mk1 400 - R8 - And no, they' don't 'all do that'
Mk3 Rover 200 - R3
Mk2 Rover 400 HHR
Rover 800 Mk1 - XX
Rover 800 mk2 - R17 - And no, its not bloody ugly.
Thanks for all that info lads, and i appreciate your extra comments red_rover, the Ford Granada is more ugly LOL. I also think the Rover 400/45 Saloon also look ugly, but then as with the Rover 800, that is just my honest opinion

from my personal experience of Rovers over recent years i have two head gaskets go on two motors and know of one other person who has also suffered the same fate, he will never get another Rover, but i never learn, I just got another one ! LOL.

Has anybody heard of a ROCKY ?.
this is the official factory name (and nickname) for a Daihatsu Four Track

tim

Last edited by timmy toad; 01-01-2007 at 21:39.
timmy toad is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 01-01-2007, 21:41   #8
timmy toad
Registered User
 

Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: flitwick, beds
Car: rover 25 is daughters car
Posts: 399
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stu View Post
Thanks Stu, that all looks very complicated indeed. I used to work at Vauxhall motors in the 80's, where i remember the Chevette, not many left now !, was known as the "T" car, god knows why.

tim
timmy toad is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 01-01-2007, 23:12   #9
empsburna
Registered User
 

Join Date: Jun 2002
Car: Other Manufacturer
Posts: 34,945
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stu View Post
There were then sub projects of the R8.

Tomcat = Coupe
Tracer = 400 Tourer
cant leave out the best car they ever made!


(and a clue is that its not the tourer!)
empsburna is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 01-01-2007, 23:27   #10
Stu
Administrator
 
Stu's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Norfolk
Car: Saab 93 Vert + Alfa Mito Turbo
Posts: 54,155
Garages
Send a message via MSN to Stu Send a message via Skype™ to Stu
Quote:
Originally Posted by timmy toad View Post
Thanks Stu, that all looks very complicated indeed. I used to work at Vauxhall motors in the 80's, where i remember the Chevette, not many left now !, was known as the "T" car, god knows why.

tim
The "shove it" was a good little car.

Last one I drove was after we had just dropped a 2 litre Pinto engine into it. Great fun
__________________
Stu

Get cash back on your Insurance and many other web purchases through Quidco
Stu is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 02-01-2007, 11:25   #11
Rover_King
Registered User
 

Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: South
Car: Rover 45 1.8 Connoisseur
Posts: 9,866
I dont think its a good idea having the mk2 200 and mk1 400 listed under "R8" because who is gunna know that their car is an "R8"? I new quite a bit about the mk2 200 hatch when I joined up.....but I diddn't know it was known as the "R8". Im just thinking of new people when they join up coz they need help with their rover.
Rover_King is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 02-01-2007, 11:27   #12
empsburna
Registered User
 

Join Date: Jun 2002
Car: Other Manufacturer
Posts: 34,945
good point - it should be a bit clearer - although "wedge" does give it away?
empsburna is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 02-01-2007, 11:33   #13
Rover_King
Registered User
 

Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: South
Car: Rover 45 1.8 Connoisseur
Posts: 9,866
But some people might think "Wedge" is Rover 800, perhaps even the Metro - both a bit "wedge" shaped. Allthough there is the small writing underneath I suppose.
Rover_King is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 02-01-2007, 13:06   #14
X10Rich
Registered User
 

Join Date: Jun 2002
Car: MG ZT+ 190
Posts: 1,499
Send a message via MSN to X10Rich
When wedges are mentioned, I think Leyland Princess, TR7....
X10Rich is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 02-01-2007, 13:49   #15
michael.baker69
Registered User
 

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: norwich
Car: Rover 200 Coupe
Posts: 125
Send a message via MSN to michael.baker69 Send a message via Yahoo to michael.baker69
Question

Hi STU, your shoveit didnt happen to be a little red one with bodykit ?
michael.baker69 is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 02-01-2007, 13:55   #16
mercodus
Registered User
 

Join Date: Apr 2005
Car: Yota
Posts: 27,695
Quote:
Originally Posted by timmy toad View Post
Thanks for all that info lads, and i appreciate your extra comments red_rover, the Ford Granada is more ugly LOL. I also think the Rover 400/45 Saloon also look ugly, but then as with the Rover 800, that is just my honest opinion
400 saloon looks ugly ?
mercodus is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 02-01-2007, 13:58   #17
Rover_King
Registered User
 

Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: South
Car: Rover 45 1.8 Connoisseur
Posts: 9,866
400 saloon can look very nice. I would be inclined to say the 400 hatch can look ugly in base spec...has to have a spoiler.
Rover_King is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 02-01-2007, 14:01   #18
empsburna
Registered User
 

Join Date: Jun 2002
Car: Other Manufacturer
Posts: 34,945
the coupe is the only nice looking one
empsburna is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 02-01-2007, 15:32   #19
chrismm27
Registered User
 

Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Exeter
Car: Rover 420 GSI Turbo
Posts: 5,242
Bit common though...
chrismm27 is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 02-01-2007, 15:42   #20
empsburna
Registered User
 

Join Date: Jun 2002
Car: Other Manufacturer
Posts: 34,945
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrismm27 View Post
Bit common though...
ouch.
empsburna is offline   Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What's yours called? MoonManMike MGF and MGTF (Sponsored by MGFnTFBITZ) 87 14-11-2008 23:41
Rover Coupe, R8 200 89-95, R8 400 90-95, Loads of parts! X70WER For Sale 15 21-06-2008 01:56
What's yours called? Trafford MGF and MGTF (Sponsored by MGFnTFBITZ) 1 25-04-2008 10:03
What's Yours Called Fast Jan MGF and MGTF (Sponsored by MGFnTFBITZ) 35 19-06-2007 12:16


All times are GMT. The time now is 10:30.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
ShowCase, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.