The coupe. Did Rover have future plans?

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Re: The coupe. Did Rover have future plans?

Post by scoobyh123 » Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:52 pm

And you thought the "evil Prestige" wheels were a pig to clean??? :shock:

I could be wrong but they look very "split-rim Compomotive" to me :

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That said i found some BBS wheels very similar as well.
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Re: The coupe. Did Rover have future plans?

Post by Charles827si » Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:29 am

tonewheeldude wrote:They look ok, but not for me. This is the prototype:

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Just noticed, the prototype mock-up has the Sterling rear boot badge rather than the longship badge; which is the clearest signal the coupe was to be launched and intended primarily for the US market.
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Re: The coupe. Did Rover have future plans?

Post by scoobyh123 » Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:38 am

Charles827si wrote:
tonewheeldude wrote:They look ok, but not for me. This is the prototype:

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Just noticed, the prototype mock-up has the Sterling rear boot badge rather than the longship badge; which is the clearest signal the coupe was to be launched and intended primarily for the US market.
There are a few other clues as well Charles - the square number plate plinths, side marker lights on the bumpers, grille badge looks like the Sterling instead of the longboat as well, left hand drive etc. Also if you check this link to the original article on aronline, you can see it was originally designed as a 4 seater only, with what appears to be electrically adjustable rear seats and a big rear centre console :

http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/cars/ro ... 800-coupe/

Does make you wonder what could have been if BAe had invested more in product development and the quality problems with the very first cars had been sorted.
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Re: The coupe. Did Rover have future plans?

Post by SJG » Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:18 pm

The electric aerial is on the opposite side too. The pictures of this prototype are almost exactly the same as the production cars.
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Re: The coupe. Did Rover have future plans?

Post by rovercoup » Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:12 pm

Personal opinion but I just dont like those wheels, for me it cheapens the look of the car. I think Rover got it right with the Prestige (16") for the Sterling and the spoke design for Vitesse.

I once had a set of BBS on my first MK1 fastback 827 sli which was BRG over Gunmetal and loved the look on that car.

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Re: The coupe. Did Rover have future plans?

Post by Charles827si » Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:35 pm

They look very decent on that car Steve. It would have been nice if Rover had come up with something similar for the MK1/Mk2 or commissioned BBS to cater designs with the 800 in mind.
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Re: The coupe. Did Rover have future plans?

Post by rovercoup » Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:40 pm

Thank you Charles, I do think taste is a very personal choice thing but the shape and colour of a car can enhance the wheel design and vice versa. What can look great on one car say in red will look terrible in a light colour like silver but as the saying goes,

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