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This is it: New TVR Griffith breaks cover


Less than two days after teasing its first brand new model since 2005, resurgent TVR has taken the wraps off the new Griffith at the Goodwood Revival.

Touted by boss Les Edgar as being a "British muscle car" the Griffith, a name last used in 2002, measures 4 314 mm in overall length with a height of 1 239 mm and width of 1 850 mm, yet with a claimed weight of just 1 250 kg.

Styled by David Seesing with input from South African-born Gordon Murray, the Griffith attributes its low weight to a new manufacturing process developed by the designer of the McLaren F1, known as iStream, which blends the car's steel frame with bonded carbon fibre panels claimed to improve rigidity and performance, while also keeping weight down and helping emissions.

Underneath its dramatic exterior resembling that of the Sagaris from some angles, the Griffith boasts a flat floor aimed at improving downforce, electric power steering, aluminium brake calipers with all around vented discs, and a double wishbone front suspension layout with adjustable coil-over dampers front and rear.

In a TVR first, the Griffith also comes equipped with airbags, ABS and a configurable traction control system, while wheel sizes are 19-inches at the front and 20-inches at the rear. No interior specification details have been revealed, although images show a digital instrument cluster, infotainment display and a series of separate buttons round the former, one rather mysteriously marked as KILL, which possibly refers to the keyless start.

As previously reported, power for the Griffith comes from the same 5.0-litre V8 engine used in the Ford Mustang GT, albeit reworked by Cosworth by produce 298 kW, enough to propel it from 0-100 km/h in around four seconds, and on to a top speed of 322 km/h. Like previous TVRs, the Griffith is only offered with a manual gearbox, in this case a six-speed Tremec Magnum XL unit with drive going to the rear wheels.

Priced at £90 000 (R1 516 132) for the limited to 500 Launch Edition models, sales of the Griffith will initially be restricted to the United Kingdom only, with production expected to commence at TVR's new Rassau Industrial Estate Plant near Ebbaw Vale in Wales soon.

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