New TVR roars back with iconic Griffith model name
8th September 2017
The TVR revival 'cat out of the bag' moment is finally here with full details of their long awaited new model, to be called Griffith, released today. As all enthusiasts will know, the Griffith name was used by TVR on some of their past classic models.
All TVRs share a DNA that means great looks, great sound and great performance. Looking fast whilst standing still, the body designs of TVRs past, present and future will always be exciting, innovative and worthy material for every bedroom wall dream poster. The engines, always up front, are big and loud, to give dramatic acceleration and top speed. The interiors, with their leather, carpet and other special finishes combined with the ubiquitous view over a long and shapely bonnet, are places where true drivers belong.
Put together, these attributes can be described as quirky, eccentric even, distinctly British but always fast, always noisy, always TVR.
Employing a full ground-effect aerodynamic package to deliver outstanding stability and handling capabilities, the new TVR has been designed and engineered with driver focused performance and safety as its main priority.
The use of side exhausts allows a flat floor configuration generating downforce by channeling the airflow along the underside of the vehicle to suck it towards the road. By employing ground effect in the new car's design, TVR has ensured it remains unflinchingly stable at high speeds while delivering exceptional handling and cornering capabilities.
The all-new TVR Griffith features a 5.0 litre V8 powerplant with custom clutch, flywheel and ECU. In addition, a dry-sump and other enhancements by Cosworth together with a 6-Speed manual gearbox from Tremec are designed to deliver a class leading 400 bhp per tonne power-to-weight ratio.
Gordon Murray Design's unique iStream process, in addition to being extremely lightweight, delivers exceptional torsional rigidity and passive safety capabilities. The vehicle's carbon fibre composite construction boasts a rigidity of almost 20,000 Nm per degree and is also designed to direct impact force to the tyres for increased safety. The new car also features airbags, ABS and ESP.
With a limited run of just 500 Launch Edition cars available for less than £90,000, anticipation and demand for the 400BHP per tonne, five-litre, Cosworth developed V8-powered car is already at fever-pitch.