The long-awaited Gordon Murray-designed TVR Griffith has been shown for the first time in full at this year’s Goodwood Revival.
TVR has revealed its first new car in over 10 years, and it is called the Griffith. The new carbon fibre machine has been designed in conjunction with Gordon Murray – using his patented modular carbon fibre iStream production process.
Although exact figures haven’t been revealed, TVR says the new Griffith produces 400bhp-per-tonne. With a quoted weight of 1250kg, it works to around 500bhp. Again, performance isn’t confirmed, beyond a sub-four second 0-60mph time and 200+mph top speed.
Bodywork is carbon-composite, with no fibreglass to be seen. It’s mounted over a carbon-fibre reinforced aluminium and steel chassis, which is not only light but extremely rigid. Suspension is by double wishbone, with adjustable coil-over dampers and concentric springs front and back. TVR says that the electric power assisted steering has been carefully tuned to offer maneuverability ‘without compromising feel or stability’.
The engine starts life as a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre Ford V8 unit, as found in the Mustang, but TVR has enlisted the help of Cosworth to make the V8 its own. That means a lightened flywheel, bespoke clutch as well as dry-sump lubrication. The engine management has also been tweaked for more power and a broader range of power and torque.
That front-mounted engine is mounted low and as far back as possible, driving a six-speed manual Tremec Magnum XL gearbox. This positioning gives the car 50:50 weight distribution. A full ground-effect aerodynamic package has also been developed – with a full flat-floor – combining to give the Griffith ‘outstanding stability and handling capabilities’.
To comply with European Type Approval standards, the Griffith comes with ABS and a configurable traction control system.
It’s small too. Measuring 4314mm in length 1850mm wide and 1239mm tall, it’s similar in size to the current Porsche Cayman. Despite its compact dimensions, TVR says that the interior offers enough space and comfort for long-distance and everyday driving. It’s strictly a two-seater though, and the cabin is geared towards the driver – implementing a bespoke instrument cluster, as well as a TVR-specific infotainment system.
Entrepreneur Les Edgar bought the remains of the company in 2013. He commented: ‘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.’
Prices for the first 500 Launch Edition spec cars start from £90,000, with production set to begin in late 2018, and first deliveries in early 2019. The LE will be offered with unique 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, as well as unique paint colours.