So here we have the Rover 25 1.4iL 16V 3 Door with the derestricted 103 Brake Horse Power engine.
The one thing to be wary of with Rover's / Mg's is that the newer they are, the worse they are...doesnt make sense i hear you say. Speaking from experience as an insider in the automotive trade with a particular interest in everything Rover, the Mk1 Rover 25 was the best one quality wise, the Mk2 was questionable. The main problems with the Mk2's tended to be surface rust, and parts not being assembled just quite right due to the fact that by this point Rover was shutting down and cutting corners right left and center. Although, saying this, the Mk2's were fitted with a stronger head gasket which is the Achiliese Heel of the K series engine that this car is powered by.
Theres no doubt about it, this car does give a sporty feel. Its not the fastest on the road by any means, but the 1.4 K series packing 103bhp is the most powerful NASP car ever produced in the UK as standard. The suspension is good and the car easily sticks to the road no problem at all. The downfall is the brakes...it comes with 260mm solid disks on the front, which really could have been improved upon. Steering response is spot on which adds to the sporty feel.
The Rover is powered by the K Series engine which was developed for racing and is also used in the MG ZR, TF and F range. For those of you interested in engine tuning, this engine is vistually limitless as to how far it can be tuned.
For one, the choice of available exterior colours is pretty limited and none look very great. The interior is also very basic and the seats arent greatly comfortable.