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Sporty 200/400 specials let 'Britishness' shine

ROVER followed up its shock pre-show peep of the new Mini with surprise reveals of ultra-sporty and higher-powered versions of best-selling models. The company's stand at Frankfurt bristles with special editions of the 200 hatchback and 400 saloon which recall sporting links of the past and help underpin the 'British' appeal of the brand.

Just 500 examples of the 200 BRM will be built next year to link the hatchback's high-output vi power unit with the first gas-turbine racing car which ran at Le Mans in 1963. Looking squat on lowered suspension, the dark green model sits on 16-inch alloy wheels and has a retuned chassis to sharpen steering response. Revised gearing puts the accent on sports progress and machined aluminium is used for interior detailing.

Though the 425 is also fast - it reaches more than 140mph - the performance is more allied with luxury. Under this car's bonnet lies the Rover 800 Series KV6 engine and electronic, four-speed automatic transmission.

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