Yes, they're still around: TVR unveils the Griffith


First established in 1947 by Trevor Wilkinson, TVR is an independent British sports auto manufacturer responsible for such iconic models as the Chimaera, Cerbera, Tamora, Sagaris, and of course, the Griffith. Revealed to media and visitors, the Griffith is the first new TVR to be launched since the company was resurrected in British hands. There are a few design cues carried over - plus the launch color - but it looks like TVR has entered a new era - one of more sophistication and refinement. That model is probably the definitive TVR, so it makes sense to dust the badge down for this keenly-awaited revival. The new Griffith is said to have a maximum speed of more than 200mph, and a sub 4.0-second 0-60mph time.

Powering the new TVR Griffith is a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre Cosworth-enhanced V8, which enables 400bhp/tonne and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. It also has 50:50 weight distribution.

It is believed to produce around 480bhp - although at this stage the company only reveals the auto has a power-to-weight ratio of 400bhp per tonne.

In terms of proportions, the new TVR Griffith measures 4314mm in length, is 1850mm wide and 1239mm high, and putting that into context, Porsche's current 718 Cayman measures 4379mm, 1801mm and 1205mm respectively. And you have to keep in mind to change gear yourself. The iStream tech gives the Griffith notable crash performance: the energy loads are directed through front and rear crash structures, leaving the chassis intact. Aero? On a TVR? More sophistication is to be found in the Griffith's suspension setup, which features adjustable dampers, allowing owners to soften of stiffen the vehicle as they see fit. The 21st century further intrudes with the TVR's steering: it's fully electric. 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.

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TVR also says the new Griffith is only the second front-engined auto to feature a flat floor on its underside, minimising aerodynamic drag and improving stability at speed. This all points to a very specific philosophy, and it's one we can get on-board with. ABS and traction control comes standard unlike previous models. And as Les told TG in a recent interview, TVR will be racing again soon too, with Le Mans firmly in their cross-hairs.

The first 500 Griffiths will be £90,000 ($118,900) launch editions, although after that it should be possible to spec a auto for less than that.

Where will new TVRs be built and when will production start?