TVR previews all-new V8 sports auto

1995 Mc Laren F1

Clearly it's not talking about the Ford-sourced crate V8 when discussing cutting edge, but more of that later.

But rather than adopting a novel name for the revival, the new sports vehicle is called Griffith, last used 15 years ago. The original Griffith ceased production in 2002.

In true TVR tradition, the interior is unconventional!

Involved in developing the body was Gordon Murray, which used his new iStream technology to simplify the manufacturing process of the carbon fiber and improve structural rigidity.

Created in conjunction with Gordon Murray Design and utilising innovative iStream architecture with carbon composite structure and body panels, the new auto weighs just 1250kg, offers exceptional torsional rigidity and features full ground effect and 50:50 weight distribution. When you consider that, alongside the approach to driver aids-there's antilock braking and switchable traction control-it's nearly as if the Griffith is the very opposite of most new cars we write about, which keep getting bigger, heavier, and more automated.

The suspension uses double wishbones at either end, with adjustable coil-over dampers and concentric springs. TVR says that the electric power assisted steering has been carefully tuned to offer maneuverability "without compromising feel or stability". There's also huge 14.5-inch rotors with six-piston calipers up front, while the rear has 13.7-inch rotors with four-piston calipers. The 19-inch front wheels are fitted with a 235/35 Avon ZZ5 tyre, the 20-inch rears with a 275/30. Although he says this will be a machine for purists, electronic driver aids such as anti-lock brakes (ABS) and traction control are standard. It too was powered by a 5.0-litre V8. That means a lightened flywheel, bespoke clutch as well as dry-sump lubrication. Although the first edition of the press pack quotes no power or torque figures, TVR's official video created in conjunction with Goodwood states the engine produces 480bhp.

Teaming a custom clutch, flywheel, and ECU with a six-speed Tremec manual transmission, TVR claims the carbon-fibre, steel, and aluminium sports auto tips the scales at less than 1250kg, and is capable of 0-60mph (97km/h) in less than four seconds and a top speed of 200mph (322km/h). Again, performance isn't confirmed, beyond a sub-four second 0-60mph time and 200+mph top speed. It features a TFT instrument binnacle, rotary controls for the air-conditioning and a keyless ignition system together with floor-mounted aluminium pedals.

Full details of the car's specification are yet to be confirmed, but TVR has said that production of the Launch Edition models will start in late 2018, with just 500 of these versions to be built. Offered in a range of colours, including specific LE hues, a full leather interior will also be offered and prices will start from £90,000.

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