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The All-New, 500bhp TVR Griffith Is At Last Here


The new TVR Griffith unveiled at the Goodwood Festival.

Designed by Gordon Murray, him of McLaren F1 fame, the 2018 Griffith has a front-engined layout, a full ground-effect aerodynamic package and 50:50 weight distribution.

The Griffith name was previously used on the 1960s Griffith 200 and 400 and the 1990s Griffith, and this auto also signals the resurgence of TVR as a brand.

Using Gordon Murray Design's iStream architecture with carbon composite structure and body panels, the Griffith weighs only 1,250kg, has high torsional rigidity and a flawless 50:50 weight distribution.

The result of all this is a claimed sub-4-second 0-to-60-mph time, a 0-to-100-mph time of around 6 seconds, and a 200-mph top speed.

While TVR used to build its own engines (and even developed a monstrous V-12 engine with almost 1000 horsepower), the new company has opted for a more conventional solution, using a modified version of the 5.0-liter Ford V-8 from the Mustang. It also gets a bespoke lighter flywheel and clutch. And returning in some style with a new Griffith. The chassis consists of a carbon composite bonded to steel and aluminium, with body panels also in composite.

Aesthetically, the Griffith carries forward TVR's design DNA, and incorporates it into a contemporary look. ABS and traction control are standard.

The TVR Griffith Launch Edition will cost from £90,000 and will feature exclusive paint options, details of which are yet to be revealed, with a limited allocation still available. It's sourced from Ford, because, says Les Edgar, the company "needed an engine with built-in reliability and long life".

"This is unmistakably a TVR, a British muscle vehicle that's as awesome and brutal as it is charismatic and refined", said Edgar. Tyres are from Avon, with the fronts 235/35-section on a 19-inch wheel and the rear 20s using 275/30-section rubber.

TVR went into administration at the end of 2006, following an acquisition two years earlier by Russian youngster Nikolai Smolenski.

Drivers willing to put their faith in the company and place an order for one of the Griffith Launch Edition models - which, contrary to reports, is not sold out - will have to be relaxed about practical issues such as the car's fuel economy, Carbon dioxide emissions and how safe it will be in the event of an accident.

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