Sunday, October 8, 2017

2018 TVR Griffith - 2nd Generation

In September 2017, TVR unveiled its all new sports car, the TVR Griffith - Second Generation, at the Goodwood Revival. The Griffith is the first new TVR to be launched since the company was resurrected in British hands. The new Griffith stays true to the brand's rich heritage, while employing cutting-edge engineering. It uses intelligent engineering over electronic driver aids. Only the second front-engined production car to feature a flat floor, the new TVR Griffith boasts a full ground-effect aerodynamic package to ensure that the car remains stable at high speeds and delivers exceptional handling abilities.

The new TVR Griffith is the first production vehicle to employ Gordon Murray Design's revolutionary iStream® architecture. The innovative manufacturing process not only ensures the Griffith remains lightweight, it also delivers exceptional torsional rigidity. With a weight of less than 1250kg, and the engine mounted well behind the front axle line, a precise 50:50 weight distribution has been achieved.

Powering the new TVR Griffith is a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre Cosworth-enhanced V8, which enables 400bhp/tonne and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Rear wheel drive. The new TVR Griffith achieves a top speed of more than 200mph, and accelerates from 0-60mph in less than four seconds.

The new TVR Griffith unveiled at the Goodwood Revival was the Launch Edition. TVR will produce 500 Griffith Launch Edition models. Specifications include a full leather interior and custom alloy wheels, as well as Launch Edition paint options and a bespoke infotainment system. Starting from £90,000, production of the new TVR Griffith Launch Edition will begin in late 2018. (ultimatecarpage.com & conceptcarz.com)

















(Photos from netcarshow.com)

TVR Griffith - 1st Generation (1991-2002)

The TVR Griffith, later models being referred to as the Griffith 500 (5.0 L), was a sports car designed and built by TVR. The first generation started production in 1991 and ended in 2002. Like its forerunner namesakes, the Griffith 200 and Griffith 400, the modern Griffith was a lightweight (1048 kg or 2310 lb) fiberglass-bodied, 2-door, 2-seat sports car with a V8 engine. Originally, it used a 4.0 L 240 hp (179 kW) Rover V8 engine, but that could be optionally increased to 4.3 L 280 hp (209 kW) in 1992 with a further option of big-valve cylinder heads. In 1993 with a TVR-developed 5.0 L 340 hp (254 kW) version of the Rover V8 became available. All versions of the Griffith use the Lucas 14CUX engine management system. All use a five-speed manual transmission. 

In 2002, a limited edition run of 100 Special Edition (SE) cars were to be built to mark the end of production of the first generation TVR Griffith. (See photos below)

On 8 September 2017, to coincide with the marque's 70th anniversary year at the Goodwood Revival, a new TVR Griffith (2nd Generation) was revealed under the now resurrected TVR marque. (wikipedia)
























TVR Griffith 500 (5.0 L) (1993 - 2002)























TVR Griffith 500 SE (2000 - 2002)


In 2000, TVR announced that the Griffith production was going to end. A limited edition run of 100 Special Edition (SE) cars were to be built to mark the end of production. Although still very similar to the previous Griffith 500 model, the SE had a hybrid interior using the Chimaera dashboard and Cerbera seats. Noticeably, the rear lights were different along with different door mirrors, higher powered headlights and clear indicator lenses. Some also came with 16-inch wheels. Each car came with a numbered plaque in the glove box including the build number and a Special Edition Badge on its boot. All cars also had a unique signature in the boot under the carpet. The SEs were built between 2000 and 2002, with the last registered in 2003. (wikipedia)






























(Photos from shmooautomotive.co.uk, brusselsclassic.be, bonhams.com & autogespot.com)


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