TVR Returns With New Hairy-Chested Griffith: 500hp V8, 1250kg And A Manual

TVR has pulled the covers off their long-awaited new Griffith at the Goodwood Revival.

It’s a classic two-seater front-engined sports car, with a design echoing the past of the British company’s past, though cleverly avoiding being tagged as another retro-themed model. TVR is looking ahead, while respecting the brand’s 70-year-long history.

First the numbers: a Ford-sourced 5.0-liter V8 tuned by Cosworth produces around 500hp in a car that weighs just 1,250kg (2,755lbs). Weight distribution is a perfect 50-50, with TVR also achieving its main target, which was to offer a 400hp/tonne power-to-weight ratio.

Zero to 62mph (100km/h) comes in less than four seconds while top speed is a quoted at ‘over 200mph’ (321km/h). A Tremec Magnum XL six-speed manual gearbox is the only transmission option.

Measuring 4314mm long, 1850mm wide and 1239mm tall, the new TVR Griffith is not only smaller than a Porsche 911, it’s also more compact than a Jaguar F-Type. The chassis utilizes Gordon Murray’s iStream process, meaning inner carbon-fiber panels bonded onto a steel frame, which gives it impressive rigidity. The bodywork is also made out of carbon-fiber, keeping weight in check.

The new TVR Griffith also features a completely flat floor which is claimed to give the car full ground effect aero. Up front there’s a deep splitter, while at the back lies an integrated and rather large diffuser.

The interior adopts a simple layout, with few buttons and a portrait-style infotainment system, specifically designed for the Griffith. A digital instrument cluster is also present, completing the picture of a no-nonsense driver-centric environment.

“This is the culmination of nearly three years of tireless work and we’re all proud as punch,” said Les Edgar, TVR boss. “The Griffith is unmistakably a TVR, a British muscle car that’s as awesome and brutal as it is charismatic and refined.”

The first 500 cars will be badged as Launch Editions and will come finished in special configurations, with bespoke colors. Prices for the TVR Griffith Launch Edition start at under £90,000. The first production cars are expected to reach their owners in the first quarter of 2019.

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  • Six Thousand Times

    PORN! Much better than my really high hopes for this.

  • Denzel

    My only issue is the rear end 3/4 view isn’t so bad but the straight on is. As for the rest of the car it’s very beautiful clean design that looks like a modern T350.

  • Joseph Skelley

    Liking the look of this, though I’m not sure about that front end, particularly around the front quarter panel. Rear also looks incredibly similar to Toyota’s FT-1 concept – which I’m a big fan of.

    Not something I’ll be able to afford anytime soon, but not something I’d sell any body parts for either. Give me an F-Type Jag any day.

    • Bill Nguyen

      Anybody see a little LFA in the roofline as well?

      • Kaisuke971

        Everything but the front just has something Toyota-ish to me

        • jh

          Shape of the taillights and the section between and underneath of it could be for an audi…

  • Knotmyrealname

    Not as crazy as the good ol’ days, but I’d have one!

  • ZYGIUS

    Those air vents…..

    • donald seymour

      Dude, you nailed it.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Straight outa my old F150

    • Ishliss

      AC vents, Turn signal switch, and some of the AC buttons are all out of Ford vehicles.

      • TuDoR_DrAgOs

        Yep,and it’s a shame for that price calibre…

        • Six Thousand Times

          Buy an Audi, those interiors will be more your thing. TVR spent the money where it counts.

          • TuDoR_DrAgOs

            Another TVR’s interior design department spokesman i suppose…So what happened?You decided to change your nickname?Because i remember well that there was some “six tymes” guy that used to have a photo of a first gen Audi TT dashboard as his avatar…If it was you, i’m sure you know better than me about Audi’s interiors!
            Cheers!

          • Six Thousand Times

            That wasn’t me and he’d be horrified to think you’ve gotten us confused!

          • TuDoR_DrAgOs

            Oh,come on, cut the drama!Either way you misjudged my comment, but then again it’s a democracy,ain’t it?No hard feelings.

          • Six Thousand Times

            How did I misjudge your comment? You looked at what this car is and what it can do and then chose to focus on the interior quality. And you may be right that it’s not the car’s long suit but that completely misses the point of a TVR. If a high-end interior’s your thing, then you might look at an Audi or other nice German because a TVR probably isn’t for you.

          • TuDoR_DrAgOs

            I really love TVR. It is a marque that has always come up with brilliant cars in every aspect and of very consistent craftsmanship in terms of interior design and superb quality as well. Under this point of view, i said that in my humble opinion it was a shame some rather cheep looking plastics (more possible to be found in a far cheaper car) to spoil such an -indeed- beautiful car…that said,i’m not a hater neither i could ever afford to buy a TVR as much as i’d wish to.I found your comment a bit disparaging given the fact that you don’t know me in person or my taste in cars…In a nutshell,i tried to focus in an aspect that would probably kept me skeptical as a potential (IF i could ever afford buying such a car ) buyer, pointing out that (in my perspective) TVR, as a niche manufacturer, could have opted for something more premium as it usually does,right?

          • Six Thousand Times

            Fair enough. I’m cutting them some slack as they, as a new company (really) poured their resources into the chassis, the engine, the suspension and the other mechanicals. If you look at a racing car, the interiors are pretty stripped out as the investment goes where it counts. Maybe later versions get a little more lux but I’m good with TVR going the way they did. The price (also a bit beyond me, tragically) seems fair for all the zoom you’ll get even if you live with some Ford air vents.

  • Matt

    Interior is unfortunately nowhere near as cool as the Sagaris, in fact it looks a little bit rubbish.

    Why does it look like it was designed by a 1st year CAD student?

    Also these official photos are terrible. Take some arty shots in the English countryside, not some edited studio shots with an anonymous gradient backdrop.

    I was hoping for a cleaner, more elegant shape as the teaser pics had suggested. It looks like it isn’t sure whether it wants to be a Griffith or a Sagaris, so ends up being a weird mix of both.

    • Dariush

      yes those studio photos are bad and the choice of colour doesnt fit that lightning environment,. and yes interior is indeed pretty meh

    • jh

      Design-wise the Sagaris would have been the place to look! Interior-wise: you wouldn’t be able to get out of that damn thing, if nobody showed you which button to push…

  • Infinite1

    The body looks really similar to the new Supra and the FT-1 concept. The front end looks a bit weird in the first picture but when you look at other angles, it looks good. Would love to see it in action on the track.

  • Dennis James

    Doesn’t blow me away. It could have been much better.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Looks like the AMG GT, Ferrari 812 and LF-A had a three-some…The interior is just plain awful!

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    TVR Remastered

  • NupeSquare7

    Looks like it’s a decade too late. Very reminscent of the old RX-7 in its profile.

  • steve

    I will be brutally honest and say that I am a little disappointed – the styling does not seems to flow – like the last of the old TVRs did and the interior is very amateurish – especially for a £90k car.

  • Rick Alexander

    What an awesome looking thing! I do hope the build quality, is better than TVRs of old. If this comes to North America, I’d be extremely interested. I’m glad they stayed true to the TVR styling, without succumbing to the current design language of sports cars (as in boring). If they can refrain from adding a bunch of quirky switch-gear, and latches, this might be winner. Now… will it drive as good as it looks?

    • Matt

      Quirky switchgear is a TVR trademark.

      With development input by Gordon Murray, I’d say it will drive better than it looks.

      • jh

        And that is what counts… 😉

  • homemark

    Good photos could have made this car look a billion dollars. Amazing that after all the years of hype TVR have released such poor shots. Reserving judgement until I’ve actually seen a car in the metal – or fibreglass!

  • fabri99

    Looks like something out of Grand Theft Auto. Hopefully it will look more convincing in the metal.

    • Stephen Baxter

      Spot on. I kept thinking ambiguous, this is better put 🙂

    • Six Thousand Times

      I’d absolutely steal one!

      • fabri99

        ahahahahah it would probably be one of those supercars you only get to buy though.

        • Tumbi Mtika

          For the low low price of $2,000,000!!!

          • fabri99

            Also very true.

  • Jorge Teixeira

    I like it a lot, except for the McLaren-esque headlights and the not-as-crazy-as-the-old-ones dash

    • jh

      Yes, they do look like designed by mclaren…

  • Leconte Dave

    Steampunk style interior?

  • Christopher Sansom

    I like the kill switch, wonder if it works

    • Six Thousand Times

      Why wouldn’t it?

  • Honda NSX-R

    In a world in which the Viper is no more, this is a welcome addition.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Exactly.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    And of COURSE I still can’t get one, nevermind the price!

    To all the Europeans here, I ask of you to enjoy them for me.

  • Karl

    Good to see the resurgence of so many legendary British manufacturers,very beautiful car..

  • BlackRock

    Absolutely beautiful car, especially the interior.
    The only problem I see is that they’ve narrowed their transmission options to just manual. Not all customers like manual transmission. An automated option would appeal for a quite high number of customers.

    • Mill0048

      While I agree from a sales perspective, from a manual transmission enthusiast point-of-view, there are plenty of automatic sports cars to chose from where no manual is offered.

    • Matt

      That’s like saying you wish Ferrari offered a diesel to appeal to more customers.

      It misses the point of the car entirely.

    • Six Thousand Times

      It’s a bit of a specialty piece either way so maxxing sales is likely not the intent. For a small-batch manufacturer, they will probably sell the whole run.

    • jh

      Automatic is for [email protected]$$es and show-offs. Absolutly no need for except you ste old, handicaped or trying to win a race. Great decision by TVR! THIS IS A DRIVER’S CAR, no turbo either 🙂

  • NOT BAD. NOT CRAZY ABOUT THE McLAREN 720S LIKE HEADLIGHTS THO .

  • ok so when can i have one in japan?

    • Six Thousand Times

      What are your single-vehicle import laws like?

      • relatively easy to be honest. there is a low-volume vehicle exemption. exhaust noise could be an issue for tvr, though.

        • Six Thousand Times

          Then you have to do it!

  • AnklaX

    G.Murry’s involvement means this will be a very good car at worst. I like the name too.
    but…
    There’s just something off.
    I always liked TVRs slightly odd look that gave the cars a unique and in some cases a menacing demeanor (sagaris and speed 8, etc) that seemed so right but I’m not feeling that with this one. Its a bit too …cute. I expected a more aggressive design, in the front especially.
    Also, these days on a car like this you have to add the word ‘only’ before 500 hp.

    Then again, its good to have them back and hopefully the next model will be a true TVR.

    I’m off to find a fire extinguisher and body armor.

  • KSegg

    First glance – it looks like a Toyota GT86.

  • Dariush

    Its ok, stylewise.. Front could be a bit less “timid” and happy(headlamps are too large, would have been cooler if they managed to draw the attention on that horizontal led more than on the big circular projector), but hell, it looks good, i like the back and the side is damn simple. Wished they showed it in some cool liquid metal colour, but its just a nice thing to see TVR back and kickin asses!

  • pureworx

    the tvr supra.. oh wait i mean griffith

  • smartacus

    is the side exhaust finalized? it’s nice.

  • Stephen Baxter

    It has that TVR “im just a step above a kit car” feel about it. Good stuff though 🙂

  • Suicide_Note

    That is one sexy looking vehicle!

  • Looks like Ferrari F12 and Toyota FT-1 Concept (2014) !!

  • Axiom Ethos

    The old TVR’s looked sexier and the design lines flowed together in one beautiful and exotic looking package. I can’t quite say the same for this. It’s decent but really wish it was more flowing lines and sexy curves.

  • benT

    A MANUAL !!? Fabulous!! I hate getting stuck without a manual.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    it’s not bad looking. but for a relaunch of a brand, it doesn’t blow me away. I won’t think about it tomorrow. I positively don’t like the interior….and there’s something about the rear of the car that I don’t like. it doesn’t look “fresh”…it almost looks dated, rather than classic. anyway…..I think ALPINE DID A BETTER JOB AND DESIGNING AND RELAUNCHING A BRAND

  • jh

    Great: lightweight, high-reving and naturally aspirated (!!!) engine, stick-shift (tvr still knows what’s important), the concept as a whole, small in size and in price (relatively)

    Not so much: audi-like rear-design, digital instrument cluster

  • Vassilis

    I don’t love the front but the rest of the car is properly mental. Love the rear end! So happy to have TVR back!

  • Victor Ferreira

    $100,000 and it doesn’t have an auto dimming interior mirror. Jesus Christ, it’s not hard to get these things right.

    Other than that though, amazing.

    • jh

      that’s what you care about??? buy a merc! it’ll have an auto-tranny, lane- assist and heated massage-seats, as well!

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