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HIHI, just want to ask , mk3 have 2 engine ? (honda & K ) and '98 rover 200 & 400 can install honda VTEC engine ?? if can , have any detail or photo ?? thx !
 

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All Mk3 200's should have just the Rover K Series engine, to change it to a Honda engine, will cost mega bucks, and alot of time. Don't think it has ever been done in a Mk3 200.

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worst bit wud be getting the loom to mate up. Apart from that the other parts gud be custom made and that.

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It seems a bit too challenging for not much benifit to go to Honda power in a mk3, seeing as its a difficult non obvious swap route. If you want to change from a NASP K-series that can still be good for up to 180-190bhp in an everyday road car, then the only other options worth considering really are:

1, T-series turbo. This is the engine that is most often transplanted, because it goes in fairly easily, and will potentially give power outputs up to and beyond 300bhp with decent reliability. The T-series NASP would also fit just as easily but the weight disadvantage, and the lack of serious tuning potential would make this a pointless swap in an mk3, but a better prospect for a mk2.

2, KV6, This could be a great way to go for people that want serious power from a more modern engine than the T-series, but its not much lighter, and the costs to do a KV6 transplant would always be far more, though i would imagine this option might make a very pleasing smooth and powerful car to drive. It might also have better handling than the T, as it would probably give far less torque steer, due to its more revvy nature, without too much torque at low revs upsetting the traction/steering. The KV6 is easy to tune to reach a true 200bhp and with different cams and exhaust manifolds a fairly easy 230bhp should be available. It would cost alot to do much more, but with ITB's new management etc, over 250bhp should be acheivable.

3, 1.8T K-series. This is another option for getting a decent performing engine at a reasonable cost, the 1.8T should drop into the mk3 ok, the electrics side of the job would be the most tricky. The 1.8T isnt suitable for serious tuning, but 160-180bhp and similar torque would make for a quick mk3, and im sure it would shame the ZR160's performance! The other option for a K-series turbo is to have a normal 1.8K re-engineered and built as a turbo unit, at far greater cost, but then the results would be far better in terms of power, and tuning potential.

No other engines seem worth even thinking about, as no one has any information or expertise in doing them, so you would be very much out on your own. Honda units are also great engines, and some are exceptional, but id only think about a honda transplant in a car that makes it a bit easier to acheive. The mk2 200/mk1 400/coupe, seem the only cars to even think about converting to Honda power, and even then it would be hassle to go from a K-series car to a Honda one, far easier would be a swap say from Honda SOHC to a DOHC D-16 or a SOHC V-tech, than a complete Rover to Honda swap.
 

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Its hard enough swapping from a sohc honda engine in a honda powered Rover to b16 vtec, than in a K series powered bubble to honda power. Obvious parts you'll need are:

Subframe from 216(gsi, gti, sli, coupe)
whole engine with ancilaries
all 3 driveshafts
hubs are different because of the large driveshaft holes
the whole engine to car loom is different
ecu is based in passenger footwell
battery is on opposite side
custom mounts would have to be made as there is no b16 engine in a Rover factory std
and a few other parts you'll need also :)
 
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