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TVR are back! Welcome the new Griffith.

TVR Griffith

The New TVR Griffith

In 2013, TVR was taken over by entrepreneur Les Edgar. The brand needed a revival and this man took up the challenge, promising to keep in line with the brands rich heritage of sports cars.

It’s been four years since TVR’s new administration walked in the door and TVR have now released their first car since the takeover and it’s called the Griffith. This car is all about the Spirit of Driving which is shown by a front engined 5.0 V8 with power driven to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. This, along with the TVR Griffith’s 50:50 weight distribution and full ground effect aerodynamics thanks to a flat floor means that the new TVR has all that’s required to be a very exciting car indeed. We can’t forget it’s weight at just 1 250 kg which was made possible due to a carbon composite structure and body panels.

TVR Griffith

So what does all this result in? Well TVR have not released exact figures but after the Ford Coyote 5.0-litre V8 has visited Cosworth for a bit of fiddling, mainly a new flywheel, clutch, dry sump lubrication system and ECU tuning, we can expect a power to weight ratio of 400bhp/tonne,  a 0-100km/h dash of under 4 seconds and top speed that will eclipse the 200 MPH (320km/h) mark. So in short, it’ll live up to everything we have expected from TVR over the years.

TVR Griffith

The exterior has been designed to be striking but also extremely efficient. It still features the classic sports car look – it actually looks like a very modern TVR, taking styling cues from the previous TVR Griffiths’. It really does look great and has some epic features such as side exit exhausts and large frontal air intakes. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the new Griffith is the rear end – its wide, low and mean and many a fast car will be spending time behind the TVR Griffith so of course it needs to look the part.

TVR Griffith

You won’t find any steering wheel doo dabs, reversing which whatss or Bang and Kardon sound systems here either, the TVR does feature a much tidier interior than its predecessors, but it is still very basic. One can expect a TFT instrument display, keyless entry and rotary controls for ancillaries such as A/C, as well as lots of suede.

TVR Griffith

TVR Griffith Pricing

The TVR Griffith will cost 90,000 Great British Pounds which equates to just over R1.5 million of our South African Rands. Production will only start in late 2018, with deliveries taking place in early 2019 – a long time away then, but definitely worth the wait!

The rebirth of TVR.

Utter the words Griffith, Cerbera, Tuscan, Tamora, Typhon and Sagaris to any common or garden human and they’ll ask why you’re listing the ingredients of a McDonalds burger patty, but say even one of those within earshot of a petrolhead and they’ll pucker up like a nipple in Nepal.

Founded in 1947 by a fellow by the name of Trevor, TVR quickly became renowned for their bespoke and typically British sports cars, and by typically, we mean unreliable. So much so that the company closed down in 1965. And then reopened in that same year under new ownership. And then changed ownership in 1981, and again in 2004. Despite all the chopping and changing, though, TVR still managed to be the third-largest specialised sports car manufacturer in the world at one point or another.

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Long story short – owner number 4, a fellow by the name of Nikolay, half-heartedly left the brand chugging along until he sold it in 2013 to a little syndicate, led by a TVR owner and, most importantly, an outright petrolhead, Les.

So now that we’ve all been schooled in the history of Trevor (see, I put the vowels back) what you need to do is sit up and take notice. TVR is back and set for a 2017 unveiling and Les says the new TVR will bring back everything that we loved about their cars of yore – outrageous styling and brown pants performance. The key to this, however, isn’t big Les himself (he made his money in gaming) but rather the team he’s put together…Cosworth and Gordon Murray are to the automotive world what the

Cosworth and Gordon Murray are to the automotive world what the Zimmer frames and grasshoppers are to the Toyota Camry. Making use of Gordon Murray’s carbon fibre chassis and clever aero, the reborn TVR will be both strong, light and efficient. Once production gets up to pace, the carbon chassis will become an option with the standard models making use of an aluminium tub and fibreglass panels.

Cosworth are the crafty wizards in charge of the powerplant and word is that they’ll be using Ford’s tried and tested Coyote V8, with a bit of a fettling of course. A good old manual gearbox is the order if the day and buyers can expect this midway point between Lotus and Aston Martin to be a well thought out blend of luxury, technology and simplicity so as to guarantee reliability. But don’t be fooled, this is going to be one seriously lairy rebirth.  Are you excited because boy oh boy are we! Trevor, we’re ready for you.

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