TVR finally reveals its latest sports car after changing ownership in 2013, marking the official return of the automaker.
What’s going on?
After years of anticipation and much teasing in between, TVR finally revealed its all-new 2019 Griffith sports coupe.
Back in 2013, British entrepreneur, Les Edgar, purchased the company from a Russian businessman, who sadly let TVR wither away almost into nothing. But Edgar wasn’t going to let that happen, calling for the return of TVR to make sports cars once again. Thanks to his visions and his vows to reintroduce the “supercars for the common man,” we’re given the all-new Griffith.
Cool! TVR is back! But it looks a little mundane for a TVR
Yes they are, with a completely new car. And I’d 100% agree with you if that’s what ran through your head initially. The last TVRs ever made weren’t anywhere what’d you’d call traditional in almost every sense. Both from an aesthetic design and functional perspective, TVRs were the epitome of modern automotive quirkiness. But that’s also what made them so unique, special, and lovable.
So although the 2019 TVR Griffith seems a bit watered down, we’re still hugely excited for the company’s return. Its designed was penned by the one and only Gordon Murray, featuring his innovative iStream architecture. So not only does the funky sheetmetal look good, it’s made of lightweight materials and bolstered by carbon composite structuring.
What powers it?
Through the various teasers over the past four years, TVR confirmed power comes from a Ford-sourced Coyote V8, the same you find in a Mustang GT. It’s then sent to renowned tuning firm, Cosworth, who fiddles with the Ford V8 and fits it with a dry-sump lubrication system.
TVR did not confirm any official power numbers yet, but they claim the Griffith and its 5.0L Cosworth-tuned Ford V8 achieves a power-to-weight ratio of 400bhp per tonne. TVR says the Griffith weighs less than 1250 kg, or 2,755 lbs, or 1.25 tonnes. Multiplying that 400bhp per the Griffith’s 1.25 tonnes weight, and the math works out to be around 500 break horsepower from the V8.
It’s channeled only to the rear wheels with a six-speed Tremec manual, rated to handle up to 700 pound-feet of torque at engines speeds of up to 7500 RPM.
The resulting performance numbers are a speed of over 200 miles per hour and a 0-60 time of less than four seconds, according to the manufacturer’s claims.
And the handling…
TVR promises the Griffith delivers a balanced handling experience with 50/50 weight distribution and a light body.
Helping to slow things down are six-piston brake calipers up front and four-piston at the rear. The power steering system is electrically assisted and suspending the car at both ends are standard double-wishbone arrangements.
When will it go on sale?
TVR claims production is scheduled to commence in late 2018. A Launch Edition marks the first 500 cars produced, featuring custom color choices, special Launch Edition color options, and a special wheel package only available on the Launch Edition.
Pricing for the launch edition begins at £90,000 or around $119,000 USD.
– By: Chris Chin
2019 TVR Griffith Specifications
- Body: Two-seat coupe, with carbon chassis, and composite body with a number of aluminium panels.
- Chassis: iStream® design steel and aluminium frame with bonded carbon composite sections
- Front: Double wishbones with adjustable gas filled coil-over dampers with concentric springs
- Rear: Double wishbones with adjustable gas filled coil-over dampers with concentric springs
- Steering: Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS)
- Front: Six-piston aluminium brake calipers and 2-piece ventilated floating brake discs with 370mm diameter and 32mm thickness
- Rear: Four-piston aluminium brake calipers and 2-piece ventilated floating brake discs with 350mm diameter and 32mm thickness
- Wheels and tyres
- Front: 235/35 ZR19, on 8.5in wide rims
- Rear: 275/30 ZR20, on 9.5in wide rims
- Unladen weight: <1250kg
- Length: 4314mm
- Width (across body): 1850mm
- Width (including mirrors): 2016mm
- Height: 1239mm
- Ground clearance: 136mm
- Wheelbase: 2600mm
- Front track: 1599mm
- Rear track: 1557mm
- Fuel tank capacity: 60l
- Configuration: Naturally aspirated V8
- Displacement: 4951cc
- Construction: Aluminium block and heads
- Valvetrain: DOHC, four valves per cylinder, twin independent variable camshaft timing
- Compression ratio: 11.0:1
- Fuel type: 98-RON unleaded
- Six speed manual transmission with multi-plate clutch; rear-wheel drive
- Gear ratios bespoke for the new TVR Griffith
- Top speed: 200+ mph (322+ km/h)
- 0-60mph: Sub 4.0 seconds