1996 Rover - Austin 800 Vitesse Sport Saloon 2.0 turbo from UK and Ireland
Inconspicuous and surprising, comfort at speed
Power windows have developed a minor fault and sometimes fail to operate, but always close when the alarm is set.
Other than this just general wear and tear. Tyres and pads etc.
Just starting to get the common dash top lift above the clocks, this can be rectified with the correct adhesive.
I was really surprised with the performance of the car considering it is so large and heavy.
The car has now had several modifications including s/s exhaust, turbo boost valve + gauge (fitted in place of the clock), filter induction kit and quickshift gear change. I've also uprated the brakes, 325mm grooved discs to the front (285mm standard) and vented on the rear. Ultra Xenon bulbs have been added to headlights and driving lights as the standard ones were fairly poor.
The car now produces 263BHP, and gets to 60 in 5.3 seconds. Sounds excellent and sees off everything at the lights, embarressing many a GTi, RS turbo and a few Scooby drivers.
I still get over 25mpg on average, and would recommend an 800 to anyone who is after a luxurious car with a low budget.
I enjoy driving this car now as much as when I first got it, it still makes me smile everytime.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th April, 2004