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1981-1988 TVR Tasmin/280i specifications

1981-1988 TVR Tasmin/280i specifications Classic and Performance Car

All change for the 1980s as TVR adopt radical new wedge-shaped bodies from the pen of former Lotus designer Oliver Winterbottom. Launched as a two-seater coupé, the range expanded with a 2+2 and convertible in 1981. The former was short lived, but when it was dropped, the larger body, sans rear seats, was used for the coupé. Engine was from Ford again – the Cologne V6 from the Capri 2.8i. From 1983 a five-speed gearbox was introduced; the following year the Tasmin was rebadged 280i. There was a Pinto-powered Tasmin 200 for a short time, but this was not popular.

Production

  • Price at launch:
    £15,540
  • Price (excellent)
    £6,000
  • Price (good):
    £4,000
  • Price (average):
    £2,250
  • Price (project):
    £1,250

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    9.7secs
  • Top speed:
    134.0mph
  • Power:
    145.0bhp
  • Torque:
    150.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    22.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    V6
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    electronic fuel injection

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, unequal length control arms, coils springs, anti-roll bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, travelling arm, fixed length half shaft, transverse link, coil springs
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    spaceframe
  • Transmission:
    Five-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4140mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2387mm
  • Width:
    1727mm
  • Height:
    1194mm
  • Weight:
    1143kgs
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