Background...

The story so far...

The Rover 600 series started life in 1993 and continued until 1999, it was a direct competitor for compact executive saloons such as the BMW 3 Series. The 600 was based around the 93-97 (5th gen) Honda Accord range and built in Swindon. Nearly all the running gear and components are Honda parts with the accord and 600 range being designed concurrently with collaboration between UK and Japanese teams.


Development...

The 600 was fitted with several powerplants, the 1.8, 2.0 and 2.3 naturally aspirated engines were all Honda units with the Petrol (T) and Diesel (L) turbo options are Rover.

This site concentrates on the T series turbo 600 series or 620ti, the most powerful of the range, which used the existing T series engine as used in the 200, 400 and 800 turbo models. For a closer look at the T series click here.

The 600 series had one revision (facelift) around 1996, where a number of upgrades were fitted.

The original 600 turbos were badged "620ti" and when the facelifted model was introduced it was rebadged simply as 600, with the "turbo" embossed manifold being replaced with "injection". A more detailed overview can be found by clicking here.


And so the 620ti was born.

The first 620ti rolled off the lines in 1994, with 197bhp and 174lb/ft torque it returned a respectable 0-60 of 7.2 seconds, topped out at 143mph and if driven off boost could return 30mpg.

With second hand prices of a few hundred pounds, the appeal of these older Rovers is obvious. Dogged by badge snobbery and lost in obscurity these are true wolves in sheep's clothing and in standard form provide an excellent value for money performance car.

But of course there is always room for improvement

The standard 600 turbo is an excellent car, effortless cruiser with enough poke to take care of most things your likely to come across. In the standard guise they offer fantastic "bang for buck" - but with several points such as weak pistons they are not cheap, or easy to tune for high power. Although many accord parts are compatible, off the shelf tuning parts are minimal for the 600, all of which makes it a more challenging project.