The Rover 200 was codenamed R8 and was introduced to the market in 1989. This was the first car to be introduced by the newly privatised Rover Group PLC which was now under the wing of British Aerospace.Initially only available as a five door Hatchback in 1989, the Rover 400 quickly followed in early 1990. In 1992 the three door Hatchback and Cabriolet became available, with the Coupe following in 1993 and the Tourer in 1994. The Hatchback and Saloon ceased production in 1995, but the Cabriolet, Coupe and Tourer were produced until 1999.
A wide family of engines were also available in each body style, with the award winning K series being launched as a 1.4 and the 1.6 Honda D Series in 1989. In 1991 the 2.0 M Series engine was added to the GTi range, being replaced by the T-Series engine in 1992. Turbocharged versions of the T-Series engine were available in the hatchback, Saloon and Coupe producing 200PS. In 1992 the Peugeot XUD diesel engine was added to the range in both naturally aspirated and turbo form.
In 1996 the 2.0 T Series and 1.6 Honda D Series (with the exception of the automatic) were removed from the range being replaced by the 1.6 and 1.8 K Series. The Coupe, Cabriolet and Tourer also received a revised interior.
The Rover 200 & 400 received a number of awards on its launch from the motoring press in the UK and Europe. With its competitors designs up to five years old the Rover was seen as being fresh and modern and doesn't look out of place on today's roads.