The Griffith is the first all-new TVR car to come in over a decade. The company went defunct in 2006, and was resurrected in 2013.
Just a few days after partially revealing its comeback car in a teaser, British sportscar maker - TVR, has officially taken the wraps off the new Griffith at the Goodwood Revival, 2017.
Despite being revealed in 2017, the Griffith is unlike most modern sportscars - it has absolutely no form of electrification, no turbochargers, no automatic transmission, and even no advanced driving modes. TVR has kept the formula simple, straightforward, and pleasingly old-school - make a front engined, rear wheel drive, V8 sportscar with a stick shift.
The chassis construction of the TVR Griffith, however, is very 2017. The Griffith uses a patented ‘iStream’ construction system - which uses extensive carbon-fibre to save weight, and provide high structural rigidity at the same time. The suspension of this new TVR uses double wishbones at either end, along with adjustable coil over dampers and concentric springs. Also, despite of all the old-school goodness - the steering wheel is electrically assisted.
Under the bonnet lies a 5.0-litre Ford-sourced V8 - which is enhanced by Cosworth. This motor is dry-sumped and set low into the Griffith’s chassis for a perfect 50-50 weight distribution. Sadly, TVR, for the time being, hasn’t revealed the mechanical muscle produced. However, industry rumours hint anywhere between 480bhp - 500bhp.
Also, TVR is said to have set a power to weight target of 400bhp/tonne for the Griffith. The official kerb weight of the car is 1,250kg. TVR claims that this new sportscar has a top speed that is north of 300km/h - and will dismiss the 0-100km/h sprint in less than four seconds.
Aesthetically, the Griffith carries forward TVR’s design DNA, and incorporates it into a contemporary look. The car rides on 275/30 R20 section tyres at the rear, and 235/35 R19s at the front. The side exit exhausts on the TVR Griffith is a standout design element. The two-seater cabin has enough contemporary amenities to keep the audience entertained. The design is minimalist, with a vertically biased centre stack housing the infotainment screen and three rotary controls. There’s also a virtual display replacing the traditional instrument cluster.
With their latest product, it seems like TVR wants to bounce back hard. The British company has made a modern sportscar without most of the modern technical elements that the enthusiasts disapprove of. This intriguing mix of old-school and contemporary automotive engineering will come at £90,000 (~ Rs. 75.5 lakh). Production of the TVR Griffith is expected to start by the end of 2018.