Britain’s TVR Makes An Epic Comeback With The All New Griffith!

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The more you pour over the details, the better it gets.

In some rather unexpected, but quite excellent news, TVR is BACK! In a whirlwind of debut footage and photos, we get our first look at the new Griffith, and the more we look at the process and people behind this car, the more we are thinking this is TVR’s, and very possibly Britain’s best car yet.

Starting with the cast of characters behind the Griffith, you’ll find that TVR’s direction is being led by British entrepreneur, and burnout enthusiast, Les Edgar. British involvement is even more evident when it comes to production: the Griffith is the first to use Gordon Murray’s iStream, which is a simplified, yet stronger carbon fiber production technology. On top of all that, the engine is a 5.0 V8 from a Mustang, but fettled with by none other than Cosworth. It’s essentially the UK’s Holy Trinity, and our hopes are very high. If you didn’t think it could get any better, there’s more. Defying current advances in dual clutch technology, a 6-speed manual gearbox is the only transmission on offer.

So is it the best? Well at 90,000 British pounds (just shy of $120,000 USD), it certainly undercuts a lot of the mid engine hypercars in terms of price, but in performance, it puts up one heck of a fight. Power is estimated to be at about 480 horses, and with a typically TVR light weight (under 1300 kilos/2800 pounds fully loaded), it’ll be an absolute rocket. A completely flat floor under the car helps keep all that power down, and there’s only a retractable rear wing to provide evidence of where the air is being directed. In all, it’s rather subtle, keeping in tune with TVR’s somewhat simplistic philosophy of the past. We have a feeling there will be nothing subtle about the sound coming out of those side-pipes, though. Inside things are even more spartan with some unusual looking buttons that brace each side of the large LED screen gauge cluster and just a few simple knobs for your air conditioning.

With manufacturers moving towards things that make a car great when it comes to stats, we’re happy TVR is making a car that does great things for the driver. Welcome back, TVR. We’ve missed you.

Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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