Debut for Rover’s new coupe

6th October 1992

A striking new dimension is added to the Rover Cars range with the launch today (6 October) at the Paris Motor Show of the Rover 200 Coupe.
The range flagship – the Rover 220 Coupe Turbo – is the most powerful production Rover ever made. Its full-blooded sporting performance is complemented by superb handling and road grip, achieved through a specially-developed traction control system. Anti lock braking is standard on the 2.0 litre models.
The Rover 200 Coupe’s distinctive road presence is created by smooth, flowing lines and an exceptionally versatile, removeable split glass roof which also resists solar heat. The range gives Rover a prestigious entrant into the medium sector Coupe market at home and abroad.


Three engine types give the Rover 200 Coupe a broad appeal – 1.6 litre, two litre and two litre Turbo. The two litre versions see the debut of Rover’s T Series engine in the 200 Series range. The 220 Coupe Turbo produces 200 PS, giving a top speed of 150 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds.


A specially developed version of the established ‘Torsen’ torque-sensing traction control system – previously only applied to four-wheel-drive vehicles – has been developed to help optimise handling. It is standard on the 220 Coupe Turbo, and optional on the naturally aspirated 220 version.
Across-the-range revisions to suspension settings also contribute to handling and comfort. The Coupe Turbo also sees the debut of a new range of Michelin tyres.


The elegant and sporting contours of the Rover 200 Coupe are enhanced by a specially-shaped split glass roof system, with a central T-bar. The twin panels can be tilted or detached independently, and the bar itself can also be removed to give a completely open roof. Panels and T-bar can be stored in the boot in a special protective cover.
The glass is an advanced, semi-reflective material, coated with titanium. Transmission of solar heat is restricted to only six per cent, eliminating the need for a sun blind.


The dramatic lines of Rover’s new 200 Coupe result from completely new monoside and front and rear roof panels. New front and rear bumpers and a deep front spoiler extension with a large intake grille give further distinctiveness.


The 200 Coupe is designed to accommodate four people, with the rear seats individually styled. With the application of burr walnut veneer and quality fabrics, the interior is in the best Rover traditions of elegance and refinement. Optional leather trim is available.


The Rover 200 Coupe features infra-red remote central door locking as standard. It also sees the application of the award winning ultrasonic alarm system developed originally for the Rover 800 executive range, giving both perimetric and volumetric protection.


Prices of the new 200 Coupe range from £14,995 for the 216 version to £18,315 for the 220 Coupe Turbo. These prices reflect the enhanced competitiveness achieved with Rover Cars’ recent across-the-range price realignment.
All versions have manual transmission as standard, with an automatic option on the 216 Coupe.