The 600 was available in the following versions:
- 618 Si
Rover 620i HONDA 2,0 Petrol engine
1994 Rover 620i fitted with 15″ GSi alloy wheels
- 620 Si
- 620 SLi
- 620 GSi
- 623 SLi
- 623 GSi
- 623 iS
- 620 Di
- 620 SDi
- 620 SLDi
- 620 GSDi
Badging was determined by engine size: 618 models had 1.8 litre engines, 620 had 2.0 engines, 623 had 2.3 litre engines. With the exception of the T-Series 620ti, all petrol engines were sourced from Honda, and all diesel versions were L-Series units. The K-Series engine was not used in the 600.
The 600 was available in a number of different trims. All models had power-assisted steering (PAS), electric front windows, remote central locking with alarm and immobiliser and tinted windows. The Si had split rear seats, Si Auto and above got a sunroof. SLi trim added electric rear windows and wooden door trim; GSi models received 15″ multispoke alloys and full leather trim.
From 1994, all cars had a driver’s airbag. The 623iS had half leather trim and a small lip spoiler on its boot. The ti featured a set of 16″ six spoke alloys with uprated suspension, ‘Torsen’ gearbox and a dark half leather interior.
Run out models included:
S and SD models had the appearance of the 620ti, with the same six spoke 16″ alloy wheels and half leather trim. L and LD models had seven spoke 15″ alloy wheels and full leather trim resembling the GSi models.
The range was revised/mildly «facelifted» twice.
The first revisions were in 1996, which included a slightly revised interior, with a padded front arm rest and separate rear head rests, all models, apart from the ti, had 15″ wheels, high level brake light, new alarm and immobiliser system (the alarm changed from an infra red to a radio controlled handset and the ignition key became a ‘transponder key’, without which the immobiliser could not be disarmed), drink holders in the front doors, electric headlight adjuster and all models from Si specification upwards receive air conditioning and 15″ alloys.
At this time, the T series changed ignition system from Distributor to ‘wasted spark’, pistons, Klinger head gasket, LSD and the steering was changed to Rover’s Positive Centre Feel (PCF) system. United Kingdom cars which featured these revisions were all badged as «600» only, in line with most other models in the Rover range which no longer had badging by engine sizes.
The final revisions came in 1997, just over a year later, and all cars got slightly lowered suspension (~10 mm) and body coloured sills, rubbing strips, door handles and door mirror covers.
Cars manufactured by BL Austin Rover, BL Land Rover, Rover Group, MG Rover, NAC MG and MG Motor from 1980 onwards
|Ownership||BL plc / Rover Group||British Aerospace||BMW||Phoenix Venture Holdings||Nanjing Auto / SAIC|
|Group name||BL Cars||Austin Rover Group / Land Rover Group||Rover Group||MG Rover Group||NAC MG / MG Motor|
|Supermini||Austin Metro||Rover Metro||Rover 100||CityRover||MG 3 SW||MG 3|
|Austin Allegro||Austin Maestro / Rover 200 (SD3)||Rover 200 (R8)|
|Compact||Triumph Acclaim||Rover 400 (R8)||Rover 200 (R3)||Rover 25 / MG ZR||MG 5|
|Austin Maxi||Austin Montego||Rover 400 (HH-R)||Rover 45 / MG ZS||MG 6|
|Mid-size||Morris Ital||Rover 600||Rover 75 / MG ZT|
|Princess||Austin Ambassador||MG 7|
|Executive||Rover SD1||Rover 800 (XX)||Rover 800 (R17)||MG ZV|
|Coupé||Rover 200 Coupé|
|Sports car||Triumph TR7||MG RV8||MG F||MG TF||MG TF|
|Off-road and SUV||Land Rover SIII||Land Rover 90/110||Land Rover Defender||Land Rover was acquired by Ford in 2000, now owned by Tata|
|Land Rover Discovery|
|Land Rover Freelander|
- The AA ‘The Rover 600 … has the finest power units and sweetest gearchange … its unique aura and good looks will appeal to those who buy with their hearts not their heads. (But) the 600 costs more to buy and run. It is under equipped and takes up a lot of space outside, without offering any of the benefit … inside.’
- RAC ‘A sound design that managed to keep the Rover image moving upmarket. If you want British luxury and quality Japanese engineering, the 600 could be just your cup of Earl Grey. Many buyers are now realising what a bargain this combination of cultures represents. Try one and be surprised – it’s better than you might think.’