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All-new TVR Griffith revealed - Blackpool's sports car is back

Stuart Gallagher
11 Sep 2017

TVR Griffith should have 480bhp and hit 62mph in under 4 seconds

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.

It’s the first new TVR since the company was taken over by entrepreneur Les Edgar in 2013 and is claimed to stay true to the brand’s rich heritage, while employing cutting-edge engineering. Clearly it’s not talking about the Ford-sourced crate V8 when discussing cutting edge, but more of that later.

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From a design perspective TVR owners of old will undoubtedly be happy with the outcome of the new model’s look – and name, it’s called Griffith – and it’s fair to say it’s a welcome antidote to the rather bland designs that litter our roads in 2017. The side-exit exhaust popping out from behind the front wheel is a design detail that wouldn’t look out of place on the original (1960s) Griffith and the smallest of rear-wings keeps the silhouette as clean as possible. Although some of those traditional flowing, smooth TVR lines have been sacrificed to provide air intakes and outlets in the front apron and behind both front and rear arches in a bid to enhance the aerodynamics as best they can.

The carbon composite body is fitted over a steel and aluminium chassis with carbon composite panels bonded to the frame providing the stiffness and rigidity required, and it’s all manufactured using Gordon Murray Design’s iStream architecture. A process TVR claims provides the new Griffith with exceptional torsional rigidity and helps it achieves its sub 1250kg kerb weight.

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.

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Beneath the David Seesing-designed carbon body, and hung from the iStream chassis with its 50:50 weight distribution, are double-wishbones front and rear, with adjustable coil-over dampers and concentric springs. The steering is electric power assisted, yes you read that correctly, the TVR has an EPAS system. There are 370mm ventilated and floating discs with six-piston calipers at the front and 350mm two-piece discs at the rear with four-piston calipers. The 19-inch front wheels are fitted with a 235/35 Avon ZZ5 tyre, the 20-inch rears with a 275/30. ABS and a configurable traction control system are also fitted so the Griffith complies with European Type Approval.

Behind that low-slung snout and wide opening is that Ford-sourced 5.0-litre V8 engine, similar to the unit you’ll find in a Mustang 5.0 GT. It’s not bog standard though as TVR ships all its V8s to Cosworth who fit a bespoke flywheel, clutch and dry sump lubrication and ‘substantially enhance’ the engine’s ECU to add not only more power, but to deliver a broader range of torque and power. Although the first edition of the press pack quotes no power or torque figures, TVR's official video created in conjunction with Goodwood states the engine produces 480bhp. The press literature does state that the car will have a power-weight-ratio of 400bhp/tonne, but 480bhp and a kerb weight of 1250kg results in 390bhp/tonne, short of the claimed figure. We’re told the six-speed manual Tremec gearbox is rated to 700lb ft at up to 7500rpm.

Performance is something else TVR is being coy about, but it claims a 200+mph maximum and a sub four-second 0-60mph time. The car will also be offered with a variety of driving modes, too.

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If you’re a fan of TVRs of old you’ll be expecting an unconventional interior, and while the new Griffith isn’t on a par with its ancestors for the quirkiness and plain daft design details of old, it’s not an Audi inside, either. There’s a TFT instrument binnacle, rotary controls for the air-conditioning and even a keyless ignition system. The floor-mounted, aluminium pedals look suitably proper, too.

A strict two-seater, TVR will produce 500 Griffith Launch Editions, with production scheduled for late 2018 and the first deliveries expected in early 2019. 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. TVR say there are a number of allocations for these first cars still available for those who want to know why so many of us have such a soft spot for TVR today, nearly a decade after the company produced its last car in 2006. 


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