SD1 3500 1976 to 1986
Rover SD1 3500 1976 to 1986
Another modern leap forward for Rover saloons, initially in V8 form only. Produced from 1976 to 1986 through various versions.
Originally fitted with a 185HR14 radial tyre, with the option of a 195/70HR14. From 1976 to 1978 there was the option of a 195/65HR375 metric tyre on a Denovo run-flat rim, unfortunately this tyre is no longer produced.
The Rover SD1 replaced the Rover P6 3500 in 1976. The new car came only with a 3.5-litre V8 and it was the first project from British Leyland's Special Division, hence the SD1 name. Within a year the Rover SD1 2300 and 2600 had superseded the four-cylinder P6 along with the six-cylinder Triumph 2000 and 2500.
In 1979 the forgotten Rover SD1 was launched: the V8-S, which was the precursor to the SD1 Vitesse. A facelifted Rover SD1 was launched in 1982. These Series 2 cars have a bigger rear window, a smoother front end with flush-fitting headlamps, bigger bumpers and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine option. Soon after, the diesel-powered 2400SD the 2600 SE and the Vitesse were also introduced, the latter with a 190bhp fuel-injected V8 and lowered suspension.
In 1984, the Vanden Plas EFi was launched with the Vitesse’s 3.5-litre V8, then the following year the Twin-Plenum Vitesse appeared, of which just 500 were built. By 1986 the Rover 800 had been launched but the SD1 2300, 2600 and Vitesse remained in production until 1987.