TVR premieres its 200 miles per hour Griffith at Goodwood

TVR Griffith unveiled at Goodwood Revival

The engine is a 5.0-litre Ford V8 "enhanced" by Cosworth. However, in keeping with the new company's principle of keeping the driver fully in control, the lightweight Griffith uses intelligent engineering over electronic driver aids.

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 auto brand after a decade away. This time, it has brought in Gordon Murray - the creator of the McLaren F1 - to design the vehicle.

There's one more thing promised with the new vehicle, something that won't be lost on TVR owners of old: it won't fall apart.

Aptly, the new TVR Griffith was revealed this morning at the Goodwood Revival, the motor sport event where the distinctive whiff of petrol and oil wafts around and the sound of angry engines fills the air. That means a lightened flywheel, bespoke clutch as well as dry-sump lubrication.

The Griffith is a two-seat coupé, and is built around a steel and aluminium frame with bonded carbon composite sections; Murray's handiwork. With stats like these, performance comes easy: 0-100 miles per hour (0-161 km/h) comes in just over six seconds and the top speed sits at a round 200 miles per hour (322 km/h).

TVR Griffith unveiled at Goodwood Revival
TVR Griffith unveiled at Goodwood Revival

Beneath the David Seesing-designed carbon body, and hung from the iStream chassis with its 50:50 weight distribution, are double-wishbones front and rear, with adjustable coil-over dampers and concentric springs. Avon tires are sized 235/35R-19 at the front and 275/30R-20 at the rear.

The auto in these pictures is the "Launch Edition", which includes a full leather interior and a bespoke infotainment system. Instead, there's a McLaren-style portrait-orientated touchscreen infotainment system. It also has electric power assisted steering, which has been specifically developed for the new TVR Griffith, created to give it easy manouevrability at low speeds.

While every TVR owner has a positive story about the car's speed, they have more tales about the car's unreliability.

Inside the two-seater, which TVR describes as suitable for "everyday use and long-distance driving" the designers are promising ample head room and cabin space plus "adequate" luggage space. Starting from £90,000, production of the new TVR Griffith Launch Edition will begin in late 2018. It's the first offering from the company since it was bought by tech entrepreneur Les Edgar in 2013, and as Top Gear notes, the name itself dates back to the first Griffith that debuted in 1963 and was again reborn in 1991.




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