Goodwood revival for TVR Griffith

Back after a decade, new TVR Griffith on sale at end of 2018.

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An all-new, £90,000 TVR Griffith has been unveiled at the Goodwood Revival meeting and will go into production late in 2018, signalling the return of the evocative British sports car brand after a decade away.

The new Griffith retains one of TVR’s most well-known model names and is described as remaining true to the brand’s heritage, while employing cutting-edge engineering – notably the innovative iStream architecture created by former F1 and McLaren road car designer Gordon Murray.

The highly torsionally rigid structure and body panels are in carbon composite, TVR stating that its newcomer is only the second front-engined production car to feature a flat floor. A full ground-effect aerodynamic package is included, while the car weighs a mere 1,250kg with a perfect 50:50 weight distribution.

Under four secs to 60

Power is provided by is a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre Cosworth-enhanced V8 engine of more than 500hp, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The new Griffith is said to have a maximum speed of more than 200mph, and a sub 4.0-second 0-60mph time.

According to TVR chairman Les Edgar, who four years ago led the consortium that bought the company from then-owner, Russian Nikolai Smolenski, the new Griffith embodies TVR’s long-standing ethos of the ‘Spirit of Driving’ – the principle of using engineering rather than electronics to deliver an involving driving interface where the driver will always be fully in control.

“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, Griffith said. “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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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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