The Rover 2000 series 2
For the first time in many years Rover Rover seen the benefits of a 2-litre engine are available to those who want Rover prestige, quality and performance. And so the series two Rover SD1 2 litre became available after the introduction Jamuary 1982.
The performance was sparkling, to say the least 104 mph, and 0 to 60 mph in 12.5 seconds for the manual gearbox version. The power to provide this performance comes from a modem 100 bhp overhead camshaft engine. Economy is just as remarkable at 56 mph, this big luxury 5 seater car gives no less than 42.6 mpg. The Rover 2000 with automatic gearbox is similarly impressive, giving nearly 25 mpg in urban conditions. Sister to the Rover 2000 is the 2300 model, basically similar except for having the 2350 cc 6-cylinder engine of the Rover 2300S.
The 2000 has an energy-absorbing fascia incorporating twin glove boxes and a coin tray, and which conveniently houses the fuse box. The matching instrument binnacle is most completely furnished with instruments and gauges, all incorporating variable illumination, electronic speedometer and tachometer, gauges for oil pressure, fuel level and water temperature.
Also incorporated in the binnacle are warning lights for all important functions, and illuminated switches for the minor functions. There is also a fascia mounted digital clock which can function as a stop watch. On either side of the steering column (adjustable for reach and rake) with its colour keyed leather rim, are two stalks which, to international standards, control the twin tone horns, direction indicators (with lane change facility), headlamp dip, and the two-speed wipers with flick-wipe and fan spray screen wash.
The Rover 2300 also has intermittent screen wipe facility, an automatically programmed wash/wipe function, and (like all six-cylinder and V8 Rovers) a low oil level warning light. Both models have as standard a push-button radio giving excellent sound quality through twin door speakers.
The 2000 have typically luxurious Rover interiors being spacious, modem and totally comfortable, with elegant woven velvet upholstery.
There is cut-pile carpet even for the detachable parcel shelf. A centre console incorporates the gear change, front and rear ashtrays, plus a cigar lighter and a useful trinket tray. The comfort of the driver and passengers is enhanced by the heating and ventilation system, which operates either through ram air pressure or by a two-speed blower.
For use in traffic, a recirculation facility avoids the necessity of drawing exhaust fumes into the interior, and the flexible system can provide not only face level ventilation but also side window demisting.
The large rear window is demisted electrically and has its own programmed wash/wipe. Under the bonnet of the Rover 2000 (left) is the heart of its performance the twin carburetter 1994 cc 4-cylinder engine, with its automatic choke, electric cooling fan and award-winning inlet air temperature control unit.
Matched to the power unit is a manual gearbox with five well-chosen ratios or an automatic box is available at extra cost.