July 18, 2017
TVR is giving the automotive world a sneak preview of its upcoming sports car -- one that's more revealing than just a shot of a tailpipe -- ahead of the car's debut at the 2017 Goodwood Revival later this summer. The coupe, expected but not confirmed to be badged Griffith, will signal the automaker's comeback after years of stalled projects and financial woes. What won't change? The classic TVR formula of a powerful V8 engine, a manual transmission, a steering wheel and not a whole lot else.
The upcoming TVR will use a front-mounted Cosworth-tuned 5.0-liter V8 borrowed from the Mustang parts bin, pumping out around 480 hp, with a six-speed manual transmission sending that power to the rear wheels. The coupe will reportedly weigh around 2,645 pounds and will feature a carbon-fiber chassis to help hit that figure.
The company claims to have more than 400 orders lined up, with the launch edition examples wearing $115,800 price tags. TVR spent the last year rounding up orders after choosing a new factory in Wales rather than its original Blackpool home -- and reportedly achieved that goal pretty quickly. There are still plenty of fans of TVR and Britain's sports car cottage industry.
Beyond the Griffith, TVR has three additional models on the drawing board, but this doesn't mean that the automaker plans to start cranking out crossovers to appeal to a wider audience. The company conservatively plans to hit an annual output of 2,000 cars by the end of the first five years of production, suggesting that the marque will stick to its individualist roots and made-to-order heritage.
"We are delighted that TVR will feature so strongly over the Revival weekend this year," Lord March said in a statement earlier this year. "It is entirely fitting that TVR, as such an iconic British marque, should unveil what will be a very exciting entrant to the global sports car market at our iconic British event, and I very much look forward to welcoming them to the Revival in September.”