One of the UK’s most storied makes is back with a new sports coupe, sporting an old name — TVR has unveiled a new Griffith, ready to take on the world’s roads and tracks.
Like its predecessors, the new Griffith is a lightweight, aerodynamically sound performer. It’s the first new car from TVR since the company’s last product in 2002. Since then, TVR has had two different owners and several holding companies in a couple countries, but finally seemed to gain some stability four years ago when it resettled back in the UK.
“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,” said TVR chairman, Les Edgar. “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 Griffith bears the classic sport-coupe long-snout/short-deck profile, though it is heavy on deep air intakes that help generate downforce while providing cooling to components. A flat floor keeps air flowing smoothly under the car.
The car was designed with input from Gordon Murray, the fabled designer of Formula 1 cars for Brabham and McLaren, as well as the McLaren F1 and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren production models.
Murray Design’s iStream architecture and carbon-fibre structure and body panels makes the new Griffith come in at just 1,250 kg with exceptional torsional rigidity.
The placement of the 500-hp 5.0-litre Cosworth V-8 and 6-speed manual transmission grants the car the ideal 50:50 weight distribution for predictive handling. Zero to 100 takes just four seconds, and it can attain a top speed of more than 320 km/h
Unlike many of today’s new performance cars, the Griffith is short on driving aids, preferring to keep the driver in control through the time-tested technology of sound engineering.
The car was unveiled in Launch Edition guise, meaning a full-leather interior with bespoke infotainment system, and specific exterior paint with custom alloy wheels. When it goes into dealerships at the end of next year, it will reportedly carry a price tag of £90,000 (about $144,500 Canadian).