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 of1983. 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 anotherwise Vanden Plas specification, while of course the rear badging read "Vanden Plas EFi". 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  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.