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Rover 2000, 4 cylinder,”O” series engine

Rover 2000

Competitive step in model for Austin Rover.

The Rover 2000 was built in 1982, as 'base-model' for Austin  Rover, and needed to compete with the growing market for 2  liter engine cars like the Ford, Citroen, Renault and Mercedes  Benz, that already hat 2 liter cars in there production.  The 2000 were equipped with a 1994 cc "O" series engine (line)  with overhead camshaft, an engine that also appeared in the  Morris Ital. The engine was equipped with two SU carburettors  and produced 101 BHP at 3250 rpm. Because the engine was a  little underpowered, the rear axle had a 3,9:1 reduction, and  with that it was possible to use the 5 speed gearbox. An automatic 3-speed Borg  Warner type 66 was an optional. As the four-cylinder engine was considerably  lighter than the sixes and V8s, softer spring and damper rates were specified at the  front to maintain the cars handling qualities. Rear suspension was the same as on  the 2300, with variable-rate coil springs instead of self-Levelling, and tyres were  175 HR 14 size on 5.5J wheels. Alloy wheels could be ordered optionally, as could  power assisted steering.   The 2000 lacked of power steering, or a sunroof (optional) and because the weight  of the car was a lot lower at the front, softer springs and  damper rates were used at the front. Standard variable  rate coil springs and not the self-leveling units were used  at the rear. The 2000 did have an automatic choke. It had  cut-pile carpet, digital clock, push button twin speaker  radio, halogen headlights and rear window wash wiper.  But the overall looks of the car were pretty basic. Instead  of velvet seat, simple fabric was used and in the boot a  rubber was used instead of the velour’s carpets. From  1982 on some of the as optional supplied features became  standard. The model change from 1984 did the 2000 even more  good. The door panels had wooden inlays, seats where the  same as supplied in the other versions, and the plastic  wheel covers where changed by the Rover 2600S models.  The cost-paring process had affected the outside too, like the 2300, the 2000 had  plastic wheel trims and no spoiler or bright trim on the bumpers.  Rover were soon under pressure to improve the 2000's specification, however, and  from October 1982 both central locking and tinted glass were standardised. As on  the 2300, Shetland tweed upholstery material was standard in cars built between  July 1983 and May 1984, when plain velvet was once again specified. The May 1984  changes upgraded the car considerably, adding passenger grab handles and the  adjustable lumbar supports for the front seats, walnut veneer door trim inserts,  electric window lifts and a four speaker stereo MW/LW radio/cassette unit to bring  the 2000 into line with the more expensive SD1s.  Over the years the Rover 2000 was further upgraded, electric adjusted mirrors  (demisted), manual sunroof, intermittent wipe/washer and power steering. Engine  was upgraded as well, electronic ignition and mixture control added to the  carburettors. The Rover 2000 disappeared from the sales catalogue at the end of  April 1986 when Rover launched the Rover 800, 2 litre.  
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Rover 2000, 4 cylinder,”O” series engine

Rover 2000

Competitive step in model for Austin Rover.

The Rover 2000 was built in 1982, as 'base-model' for Austin  Rover, and needed to compete with the growing market for 2  liter engine cars like the Ford, Citroen, Renault and Mercedes  Benz, that already hat 2 liter cars in there production.  The 2000 were equipped with a 1994 cc "O" series engine (line)  with overhead camshaft, an engine that also appeared in the  Morris Ital. The engine was equipped with two SU carburettors  and produced 101 BHP at 3250 rpm. Because the engine was a  little underpowered, the rear axle had a 3,9:1 reduction, and  with that it was possible to use the 5 speed gearbox. An  automatic 3-speed Borg Warner type 66 was an optional. As the four-cylinder  engine was considerably lighter than the sixes and V8s, softer spring and damper  rates were specified at the front to maintain the cars handling qualities. Rear  suspension was the same as on the 2300, with variable-rate coil springs instead of  self-Levelling, and tyres were 175 HR 14 size on 5.5J wheels. Alloy wheels could be  ordered optionally, as could power assisted steering. The 2000 lacked of power steering, or a sunroof (optional) and because the weight  of the car was a lot lower at the front, softer springs and damper rates were used  at the front. Standard variable rate  coil springs and not the self-leveling  units were used at the rear. The 2000 did have an automatic choke. It had  cut-pile carpet, digital clock, push  button twin speaker radio, halogen  headlights and rear window wash  wiper. But the overall looks of the car were  pretty basic. Instead of velvet seat,  simple fabric was used and in the  boot a rubber was used instead of the velour’s carpets. From 1982 on some  of the as optional supplied features  became standard. The model change from 1984 did the  2000 even more good. The door  panels had wooden inlays, seats  where the same as supplied in the  other versions, and the plastic wheel  covers where changed by the Rover  2600S models. The cost-paring process had affected the outside too, like the 2300, the 2000 had  plastic wheel trims and no spoiler or bright trim on the bumpers.  Rover were soon under pressure to improve the 2000's specification, however, and  from October 1982 both central locking and tinted glass were standardised. As on  the 2300, Shetland tweed upholstery material was standard in cars built between  July 1983 and May 1984, when plain velvet was once again specified. The May 1984  changes upgraded the car considerably, adding passenger grab handles and the  adjustable lumbar supports for the front seats, walnut veneer door trim inserts,  electric window lifts and a four speaker stereo MW/LW radio/cassette unit to bring  the 2000 into line with the more expensive SD1s.  Over the years the Rover 2000 was further upgraded, electric adjusted mirrors  (demisted), manual sunroof, intermittent wipe/washer and power steering. Engine was upgraded as well, electronic ignition and mixture control added to the  carburettors. The Rover 2000 disappeared from the sales catalogue at the end of  April 1986 when Rover launched the Rover 800, 2 litre.  
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