The New TVR Griffith has been launched
For over 10 years there has been a TVR shaped void in the naturally aspirated raw V8 supercar line-up, but now, launched at the Goodwood Revival today, balance has been restored in the form of the new TVR Griffith.
Powered by a 5.0l Ford/Cosworth V8 500hp power plant mated to a pure 6 speed manual gearbox with design from Gordon Murray this new beast has had the market excited for some time with hints towards shape and styling going as far back as the first new London Motor Show JCS attended back in 2016.
Weighing less than 1250kg the power to weight ratio is in excess of 400hp/tonne and is roughly the same size as the Porsche 718 Cayman but with a greater visual rear bias (similar to the Jaguar F-Type reviewed here).
Looks wise, on first glance the new TVR Griffith is somewhat schizophrenic with the front end looking somewhat like the Mercedes-AMG SLS/McLaren with a cheesy animated grin, the rear end looking a little like the Lexus LFA, and a side profile somewhat similar to the Jaguar F-Type. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as if you are taking the best design elements of some of the best sports and super-cars ever built you are are certainly on the right path. The forward mounted side exit exhausts certainly look the part too.
Moving onto the inside of the new TVR Griffith, I must admit Im a little disappointed. The leather wrapped sculpted artwork of the likes of the Cerbera and Tuscan has been replaced by a far more utilitarian look (somewhat similar to the McLarens of today), with sharp angular lines and a mix of what looks like Alcantara, leather, and some form of composite/plastic materials. Yes this is very modern and all helps reduce weight, but I predict the purists will have had more of a hankering for more leather and sculpting to differentiate the Griffith from the rest of the market place.
Under the skin, it is all space age carbon composites bonded to an aluminium chassis which will mean the new Griffith is far stronger than its earlier predecessors giving it far superior handling helped by the 50/50 weight distribution, huge brakes and, Traction Control and ABS (another departure from the purist driving feel of its predecessors but one that cannot be avoided due to European Type Approval.
Performance wise, that 5.0l V8 Cosworth lump will propel you from 0-60mph in under 4 seconds, 100mph in around 6 seconds, and push on towards 200mph. The best figure to be honest though is the price. Coming in at around £90,000 for a purists naturally aspirated V8 Supercar this is a steal and is likely to get some of the market share to be lost by the likes of Aston Martin, now the new V8 Vantage will be turbo-charged.
When all is said and done though, the new TVR Griffith seems to breathe a breath of fresh air into the perhaps a little stale supercar market and with its sub £100,000 price tag, naturally aspirated power plant mated to a traditional manual gearbox, making it a real drivers car it is sure to attract a lot of attention.
Specifications for the New TVR Griffith:
Engine: 5.0l Naturally Aspirated Ford/Cosworth V8
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual
0-60mph: sub 4 seconds
Top Speed: 200mph
Fuel Economy (Combined): TBC (but who cares)
CO2 Emissions: TBC (but it wont be hugging any trees)
If you would like to find out more about the new TVR Griffith or would like to place an order, please contact our sports and supercar specialist Chris Jackson-Kew on 01223 911 761, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us using the enquiry form below.