The Rover V8, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show (2004), is now
available to order, combining impressive levels of performance and high
specification with a competitive price that starts from £31,995. Available in
either Connoisseur SE or Contemporary SE specification, with automatic
transmission as standard, the 75 V8 can be spec enhanced with ‘plus Packs’ for a
supreme power-for-value combination.
The new Rover 75 V8 saloon is the premier product in the marque’s centenary year
and is suitably distinguished with the new large grille treatment, wholly
reminiscent of previous V8 engined Rover cars. Like its predecessors, it is a
product of distinction and presence, with the new full-depth grille and
distinctive front-end treatment – a characteristic reminder of the refined
delivery of power available from the 4.6-litre V8 harnessed under the bonnet.
Kevin Howe, Chief Executive, MG Rover Group, commented: "The Rover V8 perfectly
combines the marque’s brand values of value, power-in-reserve and design style.
It is entirely appropriate that this high-specification flagship leads the
marque in its celebration centenary year."
The V8 derivative provides effortless performance with a high specification that
includes cruise control, premium Alpine ICE and a CD Autochanger as standard. If
tailored in the lavish Connoisseur SE trim specification, a plus Pack combines
ITS, rain-sensing wipers, message centre instrumentation, auto-dimming rear view
mirror, electric sunroof and rear sunblind for supreme luxury. Satellite
navigation is another available option.
The Contemporary SE model is more overt with a sports visual presence, and plus
Pack features include ITS, electric sunroof, Xenon headlamps with powerwash,
heated windscreen washer jets, and powerfold door mirrors.
The Rover V8 has been represented in products between 1967-1986 and is a
hallmark of British cars with ‘power in reserve’. Her Majesty The Queen owns two
Rover V8s. In their day Rover V8s were specified by Prime Ministers Harold
Wilson, James Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher. Previous V8-engined Rovers
include the P5B 3.5-litre, P6B 3500, SD1 3500, V8S, 3500 Vanden Plas, Vanden
Plas EFi and the 3.5-litre Vitesse.