TVR has unveiled its brand new sportscar, the Gordon Murray designed TVR Griffith. It’s touted as the first new TVR to be launched in British hands and with its back to basics engineering and focus on performance, it looks like it will be the first neo-classic British sportscar in a generation of electric and hybrids.
The TVR Griffith was unveiled at the Goodwood Revival. The car exhibits deeply sculpted lines, a flat floor and the resultant ground effect package. The car is constructed using iStream architecture, proprietary to Gordon Murray Design, with carbon composite structure and body panels, resulting in a light weight of 1250kgs and a perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Measuring just 4314mm long, 1850mm wide and 1239mm tall, the Griffith is very compact.
The car boasts a double wishbone suspension set-up with adjustable coil-over dampers and concentric springs at both the front and back axles. It has electric power assisted steering, which has been specifically developed for the new TVR Griffith, ensuring easy manouevrability at low speeds, without compromising feel or stability.
Braking power is provided by six-piston aluminum calipers and two-piece 370mm ventilated floating discs at the front, with four-piston aluminium calipers and two-piece 350mm ventilated discs at the rear.
To further improve traction while preserving excellent steering feel and feedback, the new TVR Griffith has larger, wider wheels and tyres at the rear (20 inch wheels with 275/30 tyres) than at the front (19 inch wheels with 235/35 tyres).
Powering the new TVR Griffith is a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre Cosworth-enhanced V8, which enables 400bhp/tonne (500bhp in all) and is mated to a six-speed manual Tremec gearbox. The Magnum XL gearbox is capable of 700lb-ft torque and up to 7500 rpm. The new TVR Griffith achieves a top speed of more than 200mph (320km/h), and accelerates from 0-60mph in less than four seconds.
Les Edgar said: “Today’s unveiling is the culmination of nearly three years of tireless work by the team, and we’re all proud to be able to show the new TVR Griffith to the world. 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.”
The new TVR Griffith unveiled to the public today is presented in Launch Edition specification, which includes a full leather interior and custom alloy wheels, as well as Launch Edition paint options and a bespoke infotainment system. Starting from £90,000, production of the new TVR Griffith Launch Edition will begin in late 2018.