75 V8 Ride Quality

75 V8 Ride Quality

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EdwardC

Original Poster:

73 posts

88 months

Sunday 31st July 2016
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Yesterday I drove a 75 V8 for the first time and was disappointed by the quality of the ride; I felt it was too firm and detracted from the overall experience. The standard fwd car feels like a feather filled pillow in comparison and I would plump for a V6 in preference every day of the week. A sad moment for me as it was a car I had long lusted after...

jith

2,752 posts

172 months

Monday 1st August 2016
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You have to remember that the V8 is a seriously quick car designed primarily to compete on the autobahn. I think you will find at 140mph it settles down nicely!!

J

EdwardC

Original Poster:

73 posts

88 months

Monday 1st August 2016
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But it is not seriously quick; it is disappointingly slow...

Parkers list the 0-60 time as circa 1 sec slower than a 2.5 V6.

jith

2,752 posts

172 months

Wednesday 3rd August 2016
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EdwardC said:
But it is not seriously quick; it is disappointingly slow...

Parkers list the 0-60 time as circa 1 sec slower than a 2.5 V6.
I think we're talking about different cars here. The V8 I'm referring to is the MG version and the ones I have driven and worked on I can assure you are seriously quick, particularly at motorway speeds.

If it is simply a 75 I was not aware that they did the V8 in these: it must be very rare and in a different state of tune to the MG.

J

Magic919

14,126 posts

158 months

Wednesday 3rd August 2016
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Differing ideas of seriously quick I suspect. 250HP and 6-7 seconds 0-60 don't do it for me. At 140 on the autobahn it'd be about to run out of puff.

SamR380

575 posts

77 months

Wednesday 3rd August 2016
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Owning both, I can confirm that the V8 is both significantly faster and significantly less comfortable than a V6. I guess the chassis was designed more with the MG in mind.

jith

2,752 posts

172 months

Thursday 4th August 2016
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Magic919 said:
Differing ideas of seriously quick I suspect. 250HP and 6-7 seconds 0-60 don't do it for me. At 140 on the autobahn it'd be about to run out of puff.
We are definitely talking different cars!

I've just checked back on my records and the car I'm talking about is MG ZT 260. The top speed is limited to 155 MPH, so no running out of puff there. It would be interesting to drive an unlimited one, in Germany of course!

J

SamR380

575 posts

77 months

Thursday 4th August 2016
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Just had a thought OP, check what mats are fitted. Mine has mats from a normal 75 and they get stuck under the throttle pedal limiting to about 75%. Even on a good day it's no rocket ship but neither would I say it's slow.

Magic919

14,126 posts

158 months

Thursday 4th August 2016
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I don't think you'd even see 156 without a limiter.

tonys

1,080 posts

180 months

Friday 19th August 2016
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Evo listed the Rover 75 V8 0-60mph at a claimed 6.8 secs.. A 75 V6 @ 5.8 secs? I haven't driven either, but I'd be surprised if a rwd V8 wasn't better than a fwd V6.

The auto box may not be the best, but given the choice between rwd and V8 and fwd and V6, in basically the same car, the V8 would get my vote. Of course, the cars aren't exactly brand new now, so there are plenty of things that could adversely affect any individual car driven now, ie old tyres, dampers, broken springs etc..

gadgetmac

8,666 posts

65 months

Sunday 19th February 2017
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OT I suppose but I had a 1.8 75 some years back and while it was as slow as a tortoise it had unbelievable ride quality way beyond its price point. I may reinvest later this year as a 3rd car for motorway runs etc so as not to add mileage to my existing 2 cars and was thinking of a V6 or V8 but this thread is giving me pause for thought.

Car mad enthusiast

571 posts

44 months

Monday 20th February 2017
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Don't forget the later model Diesel's too. They were great BTW. I certainly enjoyed driving the one I had for a good few years before selling it on.

scoobygaz1

215 posts

102 months

Thursday 26th October 2017
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Don’t know if this has been mentioned There are 2 models of Rover v8s the ordinary 75 v8 and the mg v8!

jkh112

10,121 posts

115 months

Wednesday 8th November 2017
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jith said:
We are definitely talking different cars!

I've just checked back on my records and the car I'm talking about is MG ZT 260. The top speed is limited to 155 MPH, so no running out of puff there. It would be interesting to drive an unlimited one, in Germany of course!

J
I think that there is no mechanical difference between the MG and the Rover versions. They had the same 260 bhp V8 engine, gearbox and suspension.

SamR380

575 posts

77 months

Thursday 9th November 2017
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jkh112 said:
I think that there is no mechanical difference between the MG and the Rover versions. They had the same 260 bhp V8 engine, gearbox and suspension.
Different gearbox, the Rover was automatic.

jkh112

10,121 posts

115 months

Monday 13th November 2017
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I didn’t realise that the manual wasn’t available in the Rover. I had just thought the 75 buyers had chosen an auto.

Xpuffin

9,208 posts

162 months

Wednesday 22nd November 2017
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I just sold a Rover 75 260.
It's a very underwhelming car, I'm now back in an even older 800 Sterling which is a joy to drive in comparison.

Ex X Power

88 posts

95 months

Monday 1st January 2018
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The 75 V8 was even more of a list minute thought than the ZT V8 so unfortunately it has exactly the same suspension set up as the MG variant..... A shame because I think the Rover with they autobox could have made a nice waft mobile... certainly nicer than the ZT with that God awful Tremec gearbox