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Rover Vanden Plas EFI,

Rover Vanden Plas EFI

Once the Vitesse had arrived, it was probably inevitable that there would be customer  demand for the fuel-injected engine with the Vanden Plas specification, and indeed Austin Rover's Chairman Harold Musgrove was driving around in such a car by the beginning of  1983. The Vanden Plas EFi, with the Vitesse engine, suspension, and brakes in the fully-equipped Vanden Plas body shell arrived in May 1984.  Unlike the Vitesse, the Vanden Plas EFi (the letters stand for Electronic Fuel Injection)  came only with automatic transmission, so that maximum speed was down by about 5mph  and the 0-60mph time up to 8.2 seconds. This was nevertheless better than the acceleration times of a manual 3500 with the carburetted engine, despite  the extra weight of the Vanden Plas EFi. Mid-range urge was of course also improved.  From the outside, the car was recognisable by its Vitesse-style alloy wheels allied to an  otherwise Vanden Plas specification, while of course the rear badging read "Vanden Plas  EPi". This top-model Rover retained its original type of front spoiler after the Vitesse  models had theirs reshaped in 1985.  Leather upholstery was standard (it had been relegated to an option on the ordinary  Vanden Plas models), and box velvet an option. So fully equipped was the new model,  however, that the only other option available for it was air conditioning. Not surprisingly,  its cost price was at the same elevated level as its specification, and it was always a low-  volume variant built to special order.  Production ceased in spring 1986 to make way for the 800-series Sterling model which was  launched in July.
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Rover Vanden Plas EFI,

Rover Vanden Plas EFI

Once the Vitesse had arrived, it was probably inevitable that there would be customer demand for the  fuel-injected engine with the Vanden Plas specification, and indeed Austin Rover's Chairman Harold  Musgrove was driving around in such a car by the beginning of 1983. The Vanden Plas EFi, with the  Vitesse engine, suspension, and  brakes in the fully-equipped Vanden Plas body shell arrived in May 1984.  Unlike the Vitesse, the Vanden Plas EFi (the letters stand for Electronic Fuel Injection) came only with  automatic transmission, so that maximum speed was down by about 5mph and the 0-60mph time up  to 8.2 seconds. This was nevertheless  better than the acceleration times of a manual 3500 with the carburetted engine, despite the extra  weight of the Vanden Plas EFi. Mid-range urge was of course also improved. From the outside, the car  was recognisable by its Vitesse-style alloy wheels allied to an otherwise Vanden Plas specification,  while of course the rear badging read "Vanden Plas EPi". This top-model Rover retained its original  type of front spoiler after the Vitesse models had theirs reshaped in 1985.  Leather upholstery was standard (it had been relegated to an option on the ordinary Vanden Plas  models), and box velvet an option. So fully equipped was the new model, however, that the only  other option available for it was air conditioning. Not surprisingly, its cost price was at the same  elevated level as its specification, and it was always a low-volume variant built to special order.  Production ceased in spring 1986 to make way for the 800-series Sterling model which was launched in  July.