The new TVR Griffith has made its debut at the Goodwood Revival in south east England – marking the arrival of the first all-new TVR in over a decade.
The Griffith is powered by the Ford Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V8, but it has been tuned by Cosworth to make nearly 500 horsepower. With a dry weight of just 2,755 lbs (1,250 kg), the Griffith will accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds and keep on pulling all the way to 200 mph. The only transmission option is a six-speed manual – non-car enthusiasts need not apply.
Helping the Griffith through the corners will be its perfect 50/50 weight distribution and integrated aerodynamics package. There’s also huge 14.5-inch rotors with six-piston calipers up front, while the rear has 13.7-inch rotors with four-piston calipers. Large 19-inch wheels shod in 235/35 rubber sit up front and are joined by 20-inch wheels out back wrapped in meaty 275/30 rubber. Unlike previous TVRs, the new Griffith has ABS and configurable traction control, along with electric power steering.
The interior is also much different from TVRs of yore. It actually looks to be a pretty nice place to sit, with carbon fiber and Alcantara as far as the eye can see along with a centrally-mounted infotainment screen, digital driver’s display and dash-mounted buttons for the traction control and drive modes. TVR also promises there will be “more than adequate” luggage space, so long trips with you and a passenger will definitely be doable.
The new Griffith is the first car to be constructed using McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray’s patented iStream manufacturing process. The technique entails bonding carbon composite to steel and aluminum to create an extremely strong but very light chassis. This has resulted in a car that feels stiff and rigid through the corners and also boasts exceptional crash test performance.
The first Griffiths to arrive will be 500 Launch Edition models – which have all been sold at a price of £90,000. More variants may eventually arrive, including less expensive versions.