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Car reviews - Rover - 75 - Connoisseur sedan

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Rover logo8 Apr 2002

By MARTON PETTENDY

THOUGH also found in Kia's Carnival people-mover, the 75's all-alloy quad-cam V6 is a substantially re-engineered, high volume production version of the "pilot production" KV6 introduced for the Rover 825. A dual-mass flywheel aims to increase refinement, while better-grade starter motors and alternators are fitted for greater efficiency and reliability. Some 90 per cent of engine components are new or strengthened to increase the general structural strength of the engine for its torque-axis mounted application. A new Siemens engine management system and dual knock sensors are fitted, meaning the Rover 75 will cope with low-octane Australian fuels. A variable intake system helps increase torque at low revs, as do the long-stroke bore dimensions of 80.0 x 82.8mm - and the result is 240Nm at 4000rpm and 130kW at 6500rpm. Compression ratio is 10.5:1.

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Claimed performance figures for the Rover 75 include a top speed of 220km/h for the auto and 215km/h for the manual, along with 0-100km/h acceleration in 8.8 seconds for the manual and 9.5 seconds for the auto

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