TVR's revival nears completion with new Griffith unveiling | New Release - Car News Sep 2017


15:47 Tuesday 12 Sep 2017

TVR, the iconic British sports car builder, have ushered in a new era for the marque by unveiling an all-new model.

The new TVR Griffith, unveiled at the Goodwood Revival event, is the first new TVR launched since the company was returned to British ownership in 2013 under a team led by video games entrepreneur Les Edgar, after a disastrous decade in Russian hands.

TVR production has moved from its long-standing home in Blackpool to Ebbw Vale in South Wales, but the new Griffith still includes oodles of TVR heritage going much deeper than the resurrected model name.  The styling of the new Griffith, while contemporary, is unmistakably TVR, with sculpted lines and deep air intakes.  Eschewing electronic aids for intelligent engineering, TVR hope to retain their reputation as builders of pure drivers’ cars.

To ensure this, TVR have recruited a stellar cast of collaborators to produce the all-new Griffith.  Gordon Murray Design have used their innovative iStream architecture to create a carbon composite structure for the Griffith. As a result it weighs just 1250kg, and boasts both outstanding torsional rigidity and perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Gordon Murray was a leading proponent of ground effects when they revolutionised Formula One in the late 1970s, and the new Griffith boasts a full ground-effect aerodynamic package for high speed stability and optimised handling aided by a flat floor, only the second front-engined production car to have such a feature. Meanwhile, Cosworth have been recruited to provide the power, and the new Griffith’s 5.0-litre V8 propels it from 0-60mph in under four seconds and to a top speed in excess of 200mph.

The Launch Edition version unveiled at Goodwood includes full leather interior, custom alloy wheels, and bespoke infotainment system. Production is due to start late next year, with prices to start from £90,000.
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.”


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