TVR returns to the market with the reborn Griffith

Herbert Rhodes
September 10, 2017

But rather than adopting a novel name for the revival, the new sports auto is called Griffith, last used 15 years ago. The new carbon fibre machine has been designed in conjunction with Gordon Murray - using his patented modular carbon fibre iStream production process. Now the British company is back, firing on all cylinders with a new version of the Griffith - the first of a range of four cars that might be just the tonic for drivers who believe most modern sports cars are missing a vital ingredient: soul. With a quoted weight of 1250kg, it works to around 500bhp. According to the company, that combination will give a top speed of more than 200mph, and the ability to accelerate from 0-60mph in less than four seconds. The chassis consists of a carbon composite bonded to steel and aluminium, with body panels also in composite. TVR says that the electric power assisted steering has been carefully tuned to offer maneuverability "without compromising feel or stability".

Plus, with power coming from a dry-sumped Cosworth-enhanced 5.0-litre Ford V8 engine, it should have respectable pace. The gearbox comes via specialists Tremac, a six-speed manual rated to 700lb ft at up to 7500rpm. As well as maximum use of lightweight materials to optimise the car's power-to-weight ratio, the new TVR has a flat floor to improve airflow and road holding at higher speeds. ABS and a configurable traction control system are also fitted so the Griffith complies with European Type Approval.

It will feature an advanced aero package and will be the smallest vehicle in its class. Measuring 4300mm in length and standing 1271mm tall, the diminutive TVR will be 228mm shorter and 13mm lower than the current Porsche 911 GTS. TVR also promises there will be "more than adequate" luggage space, so long trips with you and a passenger will definitely be doable. It's strictly a two-seater though, and the cabin is geared towards the driver - implementing a bespoke instrument cluster, as well as a TVR-specific infotainment system.

After exchanging ownership a few times during the 2000's, the company eventually ended up in the hands of Les Edgar in 2013.

TVR returns to the market along with Griffith as first model
2018 TVR Griffith revealed

"Today's unveiling is the culmination of almost three years of tireless work by the team, and we're all proud to be able to show the new TVR Griffith to the world, Griffith said".

That's exactly what the new owners of the British sports auto specialist want: revive the TVR brand and retain its core values, including svelte design, minimalist interior, lightweight body and driving fun.

European deliveries are set to begin in late 2018 with the fully loaded Launch Edition, which costs the equivalent of nearly $120,000 in the United Kingdom, inclusive of local sales tax.

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