TVR is back. The small British automaker, known for its light and small sports car, recently revealed an all-new rehash of a model that fell to the wayside over the past several decades.
Meet the Griffith. Not the old 1963 model or the 1993 model, but the all-new 2018 one that delivers 200 mph and 500 horsepower. The sharp lines of this beastly machine pack a monstrous 5.0-liter V8 (sourced from Ford’s Mustang) which is mounted behind the front wheels, with a twist: Cosworth tinkered with the internals making it faster to 60 mph than the Mustang. Around 4 seconds is all it takes to get to 60 mph. A little over 6 seconds scoots the sports car to 100 mph. Power is put to the ground via a 6-speed Tremec Magnum gearbox, because what other transmission would TVR put into their newest sports car?
If power and the manual gearbox aren’t enough for you, the Griffith is dry-dumped to keep the center of gravity low and central creating a perfect 50/50 weight distribution. Curb weight sits at 2,755 pounds, which is less than a Volkswagen Golf.
The slippery body was designed by Gordon Murray Design Ltd. and sports a carbon fiber composite structure and body panels.
The interior is quintessential TVR: Bespoke materials and panels make for a pleasurable experience inside the cabin. No stone was left unturned when focusing the car around the drive. Unique, protruding buttons flank the digital display behind the Alcantara steering wheel, making it feel like a true sports machine. There’s no room for a rear seat as a result of the Blue Oval V8 taking up space midway between the axles.
Les Edgar, the chairman of TVR recently said, ”This is unmistakably a TVR, a British muscle car that’s as awesome and brutal as it is charismatic and refined. Importantly, the new TVR offers levels of technical sophistication, comfort, reliability and practicality never seen by the brand before.”
TVR announced they will start production on the Griffith in late 2018 with deliveries beginning in early 2019. Unfortunately for the U.S., no Griffith’s will make their way stateside. So, all of you fans of TVR in the U.S. need to sharpen your pencils and write a few wrongly worded letters to Blackpool, England. Our letter is already in the mail.