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When the Specialist Division 1, or Rover 3500, was first designed by British Leyland as a successor to the P6, the key was simplicity. That meant a live rear axle instead of De Dion-type rear suspension and a redesigned Rover V8 which emphasized torque over horsepower, rather than the newer 2.2L four cylinder. It’s been called the best-designed British car ever, taking cues from the likes of Ferrari and Maserati, but was often plagued with production issues early in its run. As a result, by 1984, the SD1 had seen some cosmetic and mechanical changes, as well as an expansion to a four cylinder model.
— Official description [1]

The 1984 Rover SD1 Vitesse - abbreviated as Rover SD1 - is a RWD sports saloon by Rover featured in Forza Horizon 4 since the Series 19 update.

Unlock in Forza Horizon 4

It is unlockable as a Hard-to-Find car.

Synopsis

The SD1 (Specialist Division 1) was manufactured by British-Leyland division Rover from 1976 to 1986 to replace both the Rover P6 and Triumph 2000 for the executive car segment. Its name is a reference to Specialist Division, which encompassed British Leyland's upmarket car brands Jaguar, Rover and Triumph.

Styled similarly to contemporary European exotics such as the Ferrari 365 GTB/4, the SD1 brought supercar-inspired design to executive cars, although it had to make with a small development budget from loss-ridden British-Leyland.[2]

It was replaced in 1986 by the Rover 800, which was in turn replaced by Rover's final production car, the Rover 75.

Platform

The SD1 was based on a modest front-engine, rear-wheel drive platform using a live rear axle and rear drum brakes.

Drivetrain

The Vitesse trim came with the Rover V8, a 3.5 liter engine with all-aluminum construction and pushrod valvetrain.

Statistics

Icon ForzaHorizon4 Wide
Speed 5.8
Handling 5.1
Acceleration 5.0
Launch 5.9
Braking 4.7
D 498
Unlock Requirements
Hard-to-Find:
A "Hard-to-Find" vehicle that can not be purchased from the Autoshow
Seasonal:
This vehicle may appear as a listed item in the Forzathon Shop or as a Festival Playlist reward.
Forzathon Shop:
N/A
Festival Playlist:
Series 19 (Summer) - "It's Never Over With A Rover" championship
Performance & Car Type
Car Type:
Retro Saloons
Value: 250,000 CR
Rarity:
Rare
Speed:
Top Speed: 136.4 mph  (219.5 km/h)
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 7.800 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 21.200 secs.
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 194.1 ft (59.2 m)
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 470.4 ft (143.4 m)
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 0.79 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 0.79 g

Conversions

Icon Engine Conversion - Engine
Icon Game ForzaHorizon4 6.2L V8 (415 hp)
1.6L I4 - Turbo Rally
5.2L V12
Racing 7.2L V8
Icon Drivetrain Conversion - Drivetrain
Icon Game ForzaHorizon4 AWD
Icon Aspiration Conversion - Aspiration
Icon Game ForzaHorizon4 Twin Turbo (Stock Engine, 6.2L V8 (415 hp), 5.2L V12, Racing 7.2L V8)
Positive-Displacement Supercharger (Stock Engine, 6.2L V8 (415 hp), Racing 7.2L V8)
Centrifugal Supercharger (6.2L V8 (415 hp), 5.2L V12)

Gallery

Promotional

Forzavista

References

  1. "Forza Horizon 4 Series 19". forzamotorsport.net. Retrieved 03-14-2020.
  2. "Rover SD1 at 40: the right car made by the wrong company". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 02-11-2020.
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