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10 September 2017, 02:30 | Ruben Fields
2018 TVR Griffith revealed
It packs a trusty atmospheric 5.0-litre quad-cam V8, the unit usually seen in Ford's Mustang, but thoroughly overhauled for duty here by Cosworth to deliver more power and torque. 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.
The Griffith has been developed in conjunction with Gordon Murray Design, whose founder was behind the McLaren F1 supercar. As well as maximum use of lightweight materials to optimise the car's power-to-weight ratio, the new TVR has a flat floor to improve airflow and road holding at higher speeds. The new Griffith is said to have a maximum speed of more than 200mph, and a sub 4.0-second 0-60mph time. 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).
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The new auto was revealed at the Goodwood Revival earlier this weekend, and is named the Griffith, after the iconic 1991 model. Its wheels are 20 inches in diameter at the rear and 19 at the front. Built to a proprietary set of principles known as iStream, the Griffith's mechanical backbone is comprised of carbon-composite materials bonded to aluminium and steel. Although some of those traditional flowing, smooth TVR lines have been sacrificed to provide air intakes and outlets in the front apron and behind both front and rear arches in a bid to enhance the aerodynamics as best they can. 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.
TVR's wilfully bonkers interior ergonomics have been retired, and the new Griffith gets bespoke dials and a centrally mounted portrait infotainment screen. "It was the noise a TVR made that hooked me first", he says, which goes some way to explaining the music that thundered out in Earls Court to accompany the Griffith's unveiling: Come On And Feel The Noise, by Slade. You'd be forgiven for thinking so, given the (qualified) excitement about the brand's rebirth and fact we've not heard a whole lot since meeting Les Edgar and John Chasey a year ago. 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. Starting from £90,000, production of the new TVR Griffith Launch Edition will begin in late 2018.
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