Britain’s TVR Returns with New Griffith Sports Car ""
Posted on: September 8, 2017

2018 TVR Griffith

While it often feels as though Britain’s low-volume automakers are better at producing grandiose claims than actual cars, we’re still excited by the relaunch of one of the most evocative names ever to be stuck to the front of an English sports car: TVR.

Although none of the company’s last-generation vehicles were ever officially exported to the United States, the company’s combination of outlandish looks, simple construction, and huge performance, plus a starring role in early iterations of the Gran Turismo video game, meant that at least some of its notoriety managed to cross the Atlantic. The use of a TVR Tuscan in the not entirely dreadful 2001 John Travolta action flick Swordfish even triggered rumors the company planned to come to America—this despite its proud refusal to fit any driver aids to its brutish model range, not even ABS. It never happened, and with slipping sales and a change of ownership, TVR stopped producing cars five years later.

2018 TVR Griffith

The brand continued to exist in deep stasis, with control passing to a company led by former software entrepreneur Les Edgar. Now, a new car has been shown and is set to launch in 2018. While its name references an early TVR—the Griffith that was sold between 1991 and 2001—the new model promises to be a vastly more technically sophisticated car than its basic predecessor. Whereas the original Griffith had fiberglass bodywork over a simple tubular-steel frame, the new coupe is built around what’s called an iStream chassis architecture, developed by Gordon Murray’s company, which uses carbon fiber and aluminum. The bodywork is composite and aluminum and has benefited from considerably more aerodynamic consideration than any previous TVR, including what’s described as a “full ground-effect aerodynamic package” with a flat floor, a novelty for a front-engined car.


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While relatively few technical details have been released, we do know that the new Griffith is 169.8 inches long, with the company claiming that it weighs just 2756 pounds unladen, split exactly 50/50 between the front and rear axles. Avon tires are sized 235/35R-19 at the front and 275/30R-20 at the rear. A six-speed Tremec manual gearbox is standard, and the suspension at each corner consists of control arms with adjustable coil-over dampers. The only concessions to modernity seem to be the inclusion of both traction control and anti-lock brakes and the use of electrical power assistance for the steering.

2018 TVR Griffith

While TVR used to build its own engines (and even developed a monstrous V-12 engine with nearly 1000 horsepower), the new company has opted for a more conventional solution, using a modified version of the 5.0-liter Ford V-8 from the Mustang. This has been reworked by Cosworth, which fitted dry-sump lubrication, and is said to produce about 500 horsepower. TVR claims this will give a zero-to-60-mph time of less than 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph.

European deliveries are set to begin in late 2018 with the fully loaded Launch Edition, which costs the equivalent of almost $120,000 in the U.K., inclusive of local sales tax. Once again, there is no immediate indication that the new Griffith will be coming to the United States, but the company says it is planning to take the new car racing in the near future.

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