TVR. Maybe not the most trusted of automakers due to their lack of build quality, but you can’t deny their triumphant performance and all-round good looks. Serious good looks.
And to top it all off, each TVR has emitted the noise similar to what I can only describe as a very grumpy dragon sporting a thick cold. If you think about it, that’s a very, very good sound. One that has become rare as of late due to the rise of the turbocharger and the loss of new to the market, naturally aspirated engines.
The TVR Sagaris
Now, after 70 long years of crafting some incredible motorcars, TVR will release their latest creation at the 2017 Goodwood Revival – a must-see car show if ever there was one, by the way.
TVR has given us some information on what is going to be their first proper supercar. First thing that catches my eye? A top speed of over 200mph. The next thing? The light weight of 1200kg and 400bhp per tonne from a V8 developed by Cosworth themselves, which will of course be positioned over the front wheels and sending its power to the rear.
These power figures TVR says will enable their new car to reach a 0-60 time of under 4 seconds. Coupled with a stiff part-carbon chassis thanks to Gordon Murray (McLaren F1), this TVR is looking to be as good as we hope for the British car company.
No corners have been cut either, as this car will implement something called ground effect, too, which decreases the pressure between the road and car causing almost a suction to increase downforce. As far as I can tell, this will only be offered on the 500 Launch Edition variants,
Deposits are already being made towards the “under £90,000” price tag. This will put the TVR in an interesting competition alongside the Jaguar F-Type, BMW M2 and Porsche Cayman, as Les Edgar, TVR owner, has hinted at.
When it comes to TVR, though, performance is put in the back bench. The real USPs of these cars is the drama and theatre they produce. Knowing TVR, there will be no lack of these. Want to know how I know this? Down by your left foot next to the brake, you’ll find a clutch pedal.