REVIVAL 2017: TVR turns heads with debut of new vehicle

TVR takes covers off 200-mph Griffith supercar

Here's our best look yet at TVR's new V8-engined coupe

Although exact figures haven't been revealed, TVR says the new Griffith produces 400bhp-per-tonne. Clearly it's not talking about the Ford-sourced crate V8 when discussing cutting edge, but more of that later.

British sports auto brand TVR has revealed its all-new supercar, the first model since the company was brought back to life in 2013. The original Griffith ceased production in 2002.

Like any true TVR, the Griffith doesn't use excessive aerodynamic elements such as a big rear wing spoiler.

"Employing Gordon Murray Design's innovative iStream architecture with carbon composite structure and body panels, the new TVR Griffith weighs just 1250kg, offers exceptional torsional rigidity and a flawless * a href="#" onclick="yt.www.watch.player.seekTo (50*60+50);return false;" *50:50 weight distribution.


In terms of proportions, the new TVR Griffith measures 4314mm in length, is 1850mm wide and 1239mm high, and putting that into context, Porsche's current 718 Cayman measures 4379mm, 1801mm and 1205mm respectively. Suspension is by double wishbone, with adjustable coil-over dampers and concentric springs front and back. The steering is electric power assisted, yes you read that correctly, the TVR has an EPAS system. The braking system uses six-piston aluminium calipers and two-piece 370mm diameter ventilated discs upfront, four-piston ally calipers and two-piece 350mm vented discs at the rear. Its wheels are 20 inches in diameter at the rear and 19 at the front. ABS and traction control comes standard unlike previous models.

Under the bonnet is a non-turbocharged 5-litre V8 engine with an aluminium block.

Weighing just 1200kg - 300kg lighter than the 911 GTS - the born again TVR will also offer ballistic performance. An expected curb weight below 2,800 pounds should give it a power-weight ratio of around 400 hp per ton, and some actual electronic nannies to help owners keep it pointed straight on the morning commute. TVR says the Griffith will hit 200mph and accelerate from 0-60mph in less than four seconds. When was the last time you woke up to any good news?

In the background TVR has been quietly showing the vehicle to selected customers and amassing orders, to the point where books for the 500 "fully loaded" launch edition cars will shortly close as TVR gears up for its public unveiling at the Goodwood Revival in September. 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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