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Rover 2600 series 6 cylinder engines
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The first 2300 and 2600 models launched by the end of 1977. The earliest six cylinder cars  had the "S" suffix registrations, and had the same body shell, rear axle and transmission  as the earlier 3500 SD1 but with differences in there running gear. Even the press noted  that the cars were almost identical.   Philip Turner (Motor) wrote: "outwardly, the new Rover sixes differ so little from the 3500  that you may well have encountered one on the road without knowing it. The only  disguise required was to change the 2300 or 2600 script at the rear for that of the 3500. "  And that is still today for a none "Rover man" difficult to see.  
The 2600 had the same 6-cylinder engine as the 2300 but with a longer stroke of 84mm.  The 2600 had self-leveling rear suspension and was standard, the same as the 3500 used.  The 2600 were supplied with the 5 speed manual gearbox. The six cylinder cars were not  equipped with central door locking. A number of optional could be ordered for the 2600  including the automatic transmission, power steering, metallic paint, rear seatbelts,  Denovo wheels etc. The top speed of the 2600 was nearly as fast as the 3500, 120 mph to  125 mph. But the 6 cylinder was not as refined as the super-smooth V8. The 2.6 was  however a bit more economical with average of 23mpg to 21mpg for the 3500. But the 6  cylinder was of course much cheaper as its bigger brother the V8.   Few changes were made to the six cylinder cars between their introduction and 1980.  Leather upholstery was an option from half 1978, although just a few cars actually  appeared with this option. Power steering was standard on the 2600 cars from October  1978 and black paint could be ordered as extra option early 1979. From 1980 the cars  appeared with the new bonnet badge. Air-conditioning became an option, and the  automatic gearbox was changed from a Borg Warner type 65 to type 66.   The six cylinder cars became very important these days for the BL group. In October 1977  about 150.000 executive cars were purchased in Britain, and the new six cylinders  plugged the gap between the Princess 2200 and Rover 3500 models. 

Rover 2600, series 1

The Rover 2600.
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Rover 2600 series 6 cylinder engines
The first 2300 and 2600 models launched by the end of 1977. The earliest six  cylinder cars had the "S" suffix registrations, and had the same body shell, rear axle  and transmission as the earlier 3500 SD1 but with differences in there running gear.  Even the press noted that the cars were almost identical.   Philip Turner (Motor) wrote: "outwardly, the new Rover sixes differ so little from the  3500 that you may well have encountered one on the road without knowing it. The  only disguise required was to change the 2300 or 2600 script at the rear for that of  the 3500. " And that is still today for a none "Rover man" difficult to see.  
The 2600 had the same 6-cylinder engine as the 2300 but with a longer stroke of  84mm. The 2600 had self-leveling rear suspension and was standard, the same as  the 3500 used. The 2600 were supplied with the 5 speed manual gearbox. The six  cylinder cars were not equipped with central door locking. A number of optional  could be ordered for the 2600 including the automatic transmission, power steering, metallic paint, rear seatbelts, Denovo wheels etc. The top speed of the 2600 was  nearly as fast as the 3500, 120 mph to 125 mph. But the 6 cylinder was not as  refined as the super-smooth V8. The 2.6 was however a bit more economical with  average of 23mpg to 21mpg for the 3500. But the 6 cylinder was of course much  cheaper as its bigger brother the V8. Few changes were made to the six cylinder cars between their introduction and  1980. Leather upholstery was an option from half 1978, although just a few cars  actually appeared with this option. Power steering was standard on the 2600 cars  from October 1978 and black paint could be ordered as extra option early 1979.  From 1980 the cars appeared with the new bonnet badge. Air-conditioning became  an option, and the automatic gearbox was changed from a Borg Warner type 65 to  type 66. The six cylinder cars became very important these days for the BL group. In October  1977 about 150.000 executive cars were purchased in Britain, and the new six  cylinders plugged the gap between the Princess 2200 and Rover 3500 models.

Rover 2600, series 1

The Rover 2600.
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