The new 200mph TVR Griffith was unveiled today, a year before it is due to roll off a new production line in South Wales.
TVR chose the Goodwood Revival meeting to show their 5.0V8 prototype two-seater designed by former McLaren engineer Gordon Murray and incorporating F1 type ground effect technology to aid grip and handling.
Last year, the new owners of TVR announced they had reached a deal with Welsh Government to move into a new factory assembly hall in Ebbw Vale and this will now be a cornerstone of the planned £100M investment announced after the failure to fund Circuit of Wales in the same area.
The new Griffith uses intelligent engineering over electronic driver aids and is only the second front-engined production car to feature a flat floor for dynamic handling qualities.
|Employing Gordon Murray Design’s innovative iStream architecture with carbon composite structure and body panels, the new TVR Griffith weighs just 1250kg, offers exceptional torsional rigidity and a perfect 50:50 weight distribution.||The TVR Griffith name has a long association with the company, beginning in 1991 until 2002 and this will be the fourth incarnation. There have been coupe and convertible models and its not inconceivable a new open-topped version will be added to the range at a future date.|
Powering the new TVR Griffith is a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre Cosworth-enhanced V8, giving 400bhp/tonne and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with a top speed of more than 200mph, and acceleration from 0-60mph in less than four seconds.
TVR boss Les Edgar said, “Today’s unveiling is the culmination of nearly three years of tireless work by the team, and we’re all proud to be able to show the new TVR Griffith to the world.
“This is unmistakably a TVR, a British muscle car that’s as awesome and brutal as it is charismatic and refined. Importantly, the new TVR offers levels of technical sophistication, comfort, reliability and practicality never seen by the brand before.”
The new TVR Griffith Launch Edition includes a full leather interior and custom alloy wheels, as well as Launch Edition paint options and a bespoke infotainment system from £90,000, with production starting in about a year and they have already sold-out.
Wales Economy Secretary Ken Skates at the unveiling said, “The Welsh Government has been working closely with TVR on this project and we are very proud to be associated with this iconic brand and to have supported the development of this fantastic new prototype.”