Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

TVR returns in style with an all new Griffith

TVR returns in style with an all new Griffith

The new TVR Griffith is set to go on sale in 2018, in a limited-run Launch Edition.

TVR has released one final teaser photo of its all-new sports auto ahead of its official reveal this Friday at the Goodwood Revival. ― AFP picNEW YORK, Sept 9 ― The waiting is over, and on first glance, the first all-new TVR in over a decade has been worth it. With a quoted weight of 1250kg, it works to around 500bhp.

Though this vehicle isn't quite that fast ― 0-100km/h in under 4.0 seconds and a top speed in excess of 200mph ― it too looks for engineering rather than electronic solutions wherever possible to improve performance, handling and driver confidence. The chassis is built out of carbon composite combined with aluminum and steel, allowing it to weigh only 1,250 kg. The steering is electric power assisted, yes you read that correctly, the TVR has an EPAS system. A dry oil sump - which prevents surges of oil from adversely affecting the engine during high-speed cornering - also features. The engine management has also been tweaked for more power and a broader range of power and torque. It enables 400 bhp/tonne, and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. There's a 50:50 ideal weight distribution.

And with stunning lines, a full ground-effect aerodynamic package including an adjustable rear wing, side exhausts, and 20-inch alloy wheels, the new TVR Griffith certainly looks the part. ABS and traction control comes standard unlike previous models.

It will feature an advanced aero package and will be the smallest auto 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. It also gives TVR access to a wider team of designers and engineers geared up to deliver on the fiddly stuff like door seals and infotainment. The company has had what can only be described as an interesting ownership history, but its British owners acquired it from Russian entrepreneur Nikolay Smolensky in 2013.

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

TVR has unveiled its all-new sports auto, the Griffith, at the Goodwood Revival.

You thought it was a mythical beast, one never to see the light of day again, only to be talked about in private social media channels, but lo and behold there is a new TVR and it's finally been revealed in all its V8-engined glory.

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