After years of turmoil, a more recent track record of not-so-attractive with forgettable names (like the Chimaera and Cerbera) and a brief ownership by an associate of Roman Abramovich, TVR is yet again ready for a revival in the hands of some good ol’ Brits.
It’s called the Griffith. Not much has been revealed in detail but it’s got a 406 hp per tonne power-to-weight ratio from a dry weight of 1,250kg and a 5.0-litre V8 Cosworth engine that’s mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with a custom clutch and flywheel. 0 to 100 km/h is expected to take less than four seconds and will surpass a top speed of over 200 mph, as current supercar social norms dictate.
Its dry sump engine also helps lower its overall centre of gravity. The Griffith’s signature TVR silhouette is enhanced with deep air intakes, side-exit exhausts and sculpted front wheel arches. It’s side-exit exhausts allows a flat floor lay out which generates downforce by channeling airflow along the undercarriage of the vehicle, sucking it onto the ground for better traction. Its chassis is made of carbon composites bonded to steel and aluminium.
Braking power is provided by 6-pot calipers in the front and 4-pot calipers at the rear, tucked beneath 19-inch and 20-inch wheels front and back. Keeping the car agile through the corners are double wishbones occupying all four corners with an electric power steering.
The new TVR Griffith is currently available in Launch Edition specification, with a full leather interior, custom alloy wheels, paint options and a bespoke infotainment system. Prices begin from £90,000 (approx RM 500,000) with production set to take off late 2018.