Even though we’re missing the Sagaris for its ludicrous styling and inline-six growl, the Griffith represents the future of TVR. A future that includes the Ford 5.0-liter Coyote V8 with Cosworth know-how, a soundtrack that’s made even more exhilarating by the side-exit exhaust system.
Avon put together a video of the Griffith at the Castle Combe Circuit in the United Kingdom, and we’re delighted to see the British sports car burbling away in a puff of smoke while accelerating off the starting line. The shots where the Griffith is cornering reveal little body roll, which means this rear-wheel-drive thriller here is show as much as it is go.
Presented in September 2017 at the Goodwood Revival, the first TVR in a long time harnesses 500 horsepower (507 PS) by means of a six-speed manual transmission. Developed in collaboration with Formula 1 legend Gordon Murray, the Griffith can exceed 200 mph. If you can find a long-enough stretch of road or runway, that is.
The 50:50 weight distribution is made possible by the aluminum and carbon-fiber vehicle architecture, and the aero is on another level as well. The double-bubble roof is a testament to the sporting legacy of British sports cars from decades ago, and if you were wondering, leather upholstery and air conditioning are also featured.
TVR will start production in early 2019, with the Launch Edition priced at 89,995 pounds sterling. 500 examples will be manufactured in this configuration, after which the series-production model will take priority. Those interested in buying the Griffith can do so by placing a 5,000-pound deposit on the automaker's website.
Being a performance-oriented vehicle, cooling has been one of the biggest challenges during development. The catalytic converters can reach 1,000 degrees Celsius after a blast on the motorway, spelling trouble for the car if the case of a traffic jam.
Understanding the issue is one thing, but the solution is typically Gordon Murray. The South African-born designer of Formula 1 cars and the McLaren F1 developed large vents in the upper surface of the hood, designed to draw cool air to the exhaust pipes. At low speed and when idling, the exhaust pipes vent the gas upward through the same apertures because hot gas always goes up.