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Future Rovers and MG's will be powered by the "K" series engine for at least the next 10 years, past the powerplants 21st birthday.

MGR suggests a new petrol engine range won't be a top priority for the company's R&D collaboration with Asian car giant China Brilliance, since British bosses are promising that the K-series can be developed to pass forthcoming emmissions regulations.

"A lot of effort is going into designing the K-series for the future," said Gordon Poynter, commercial director of MG's engine division.

Tough new emissions standards are coming up: Euro4 in 2005, and Euro5 in 2010. "We have a route to get there," said Poynter. This may include the addition of direct injection - possibly matched to variable valve timing - to pass the tests.

The revelation means the 45 replacement, revealed in TCV concept form last month and due on sale in 2004, should be powered by familiar 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8-litre K-series engines. New diesel power is tipped to come from Peugeot.
 

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Nothing wrong with this in itself as long as the engine stays up to date and by that I don't meam simply passing emission tests.

If MG and Rover cars have engines that are seen as being older and less advanced that the competition then sales will suffer.

I think the 45 replacement should come with all the updates - including direct injection et al and also each version should get its own dedicated head and engine management setup
 

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the A series was past its use by date by the end of the 70s. the plain fact taht it was still being made into the 90s didn't make it a good engine. I know that this engine has a lot of fans so no doubt my post will attract criticism but most buyers expect engines to have all the lates features.

In any case the T series was essentially an O series which was based on another earlier engine. If the K series is to stay that much longer then I would suggest that for marketing image they implement al the mod cons and call it the M series or something. LR did that as I recall.
 

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I have no problem with this and think that it is good lightweight hardware in it's current form.

However, it does need to be kept up to date without just bolting things on as afterthoughts. I would like to see a new cylinder head design that incorporates VVC on the smaller capacity engines, not just bolting it on.

What about cost though??? VVC must add a fair bit when you look at the gear needed on a VVC lump.

Hope they can do something about noise, which I feel is an important issue, what with the competition becoming more refined with each new car they launch.

Although the K is a wonderful piece of kit, it is noisy and that is inherent in it's design.

Anyone who has had the cylinder head off a K series can see why it is noisy too!!!

Maybe go the way of the 75 and let the engine be noisy but just insulate it effectively from the cabin with very thick glass, double bulkheads etc, but this will mean all the cars are relatively heavy so it's a catch 22!!

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Lets not forget,the K was way ahead of its time at launch in 1989 and all other manufacturers looked on in disbelief!,they have only just caught up.The K Series engine was so good in the 214 that it showed up the Ford Escort for the total pile of poo that it was .
 
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