New TVR previewed again, weight & performance details emerge

July 18, 2017

More details and a teaser of the upcoming TVR revival – spearheaded by a new sports car – have hit the web following the new car’s September unveiling.

Thanks to previous teasers, we’ve seen a silhouette picture of the front end, revealing headlamp profile and grille shape. We’ve also seen a cutaway showing the iStream carbon fibre chassis and Cosworth-developed 5.0-litre V8.

Some of the technical details have now been uncovered, including target 0-100km/h times and target weight. TVR owner Les Edgar, in an interview with Top Gear, espoused details, saying:

“Six-speed manual, 5.0-litre Cosworth V8, shouty, great looking, top speed 200mph – although we can limit it if you want – 0-60 comfortably sub-4.0 secs, Gordon Murray designed, full ground-effect aero, carbon fibre chassis, full leather trim, unique colours. We’re targeting power-to-weight ratio rather than outright power. Fully loaded, the launch car weighs under 1250kg and has 400bhp-per-tonne. We’ll have to eke some more out of it… All for £90k. That sounds pretty good to me.”

This seems to indicate a power output of around 500hp (376kW) and a UK price that equates to about AU$150,000, putting it squarely up against the likes of the Jaguar F-Type. A 320km/h top speed is also mooted.

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Full details of the new car, expected to be called Griffin, will be revealed at the Goodwood Revival on September 8. Stay tuned.

Mitchell was a contributing journalist and features writer at Performance Drive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.