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Revived TVR "Griffith" to debut at Goodwood Revival


Recently revived after closing its doors in 2013, TVR has announced that its newest model, rumoured to carry the Griffith name, will officially debut at the Goodwood Revival in September in celebration of its 70th anniversary.

Fronted by new chairman Les Edgar, who bought the company from previous owner Nikolai Smolensky shortly after it went into administration, and said to feature styling input from Gordon Murray, the Griffith will reportedly be powered by a Ford Mustang derived 5.0-litre Cosworth fettled V8 developing 294 kW, and have a top speed close to 320 km/h while ticking the scales at a mere 1 200 kg thanks to extensive use of carbon fibre.

Unlike previous TVR's though, the newcomer will be build at the company brand new factory located in Wales instead of Blackpool, with delivers expected to commence by the end of next year. A run of 500 Launch Edition models have been earmarked for production first with a reported price tag below £90 000 (R1 495 318), which, according to Britain's Autocar magazine, have nearly all been sold out.

The publication also reports that buyers had already seen the final product during a private screening earlier this year, and that all were required to sign confidentiality documents preventing any details from being divulged to the media.

"After a series of secret private viewings organised for the benefit of existing customers for the new car, we know that we have a sure-fire hit on our hands, and very much look forward to seeing the public reaction in September," Autocar quoted Edgar as saying.

A teaser image merely showing the characteristic side-mounted exhaust has however been released, with Edgar later telling Auto Express that the car "will hark back to the values TVR is known for, but will be better than ever before".

He also stated that pricing is likely to start at "around £65 000" (R1 079 952) or "roughly the same price level we were offering a well-specced Sagaris at before production ended", the aforementioned model being the last new TVR produced over ten years ago.

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