First Sight: TVR Griffith

08 September 2017 | by Michael Gooderham

TVR is officially back in business after unveiling its all-new 2018 Griffith at the Goodwood Revival. To be manufactured using Gordon Murray's iStream process, the Griffith features a carbon chassis also defined by the legendary designer's independent firm, while the body was styled by David Seesing.

While TVR has a reputation for being utterly wild, their latest product – displayed in Launch Edition trim – shows a certain amount of restraint and maturity, taking after the likes of the T350 and previous Griffiths rather than the Sagaris or the Speed 12. The classic TVR proportions of a long bonnet, short fastback roof and cut-off tail are in evidence here, as well as an overall compactness typical of previous models. Matte black star-style wheels with a diamond-cut face measure 19 inches at the front, 20 at the rear.

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The DRG, seemingly modernising that of the ’60s Griffith, looks relatively ‘happy’, with rounded headlights and a simple trapezoidal grille, while at the rear, skinny LED-strip tail lights sit above a dominant rear diffuser – the extremity of a totally flat floor facilitated by side-exit exhausts behind the front wheels.

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The interior, less reminiscent of the past than the body, is clean and relatively simple, with a narrow column of switches culminating in a vertical tablet-like screen at the top. The IP also takes the form of a TFT screen, flanked on both sides by gold-coloured metal knobs. The chunky air vent housings add aggression, as does the stubby gear lever for the six-speed manual transmission. There is no glovebox, but a hatchback tailgate adds a certain amount of practicality. The show car featured four-point harnesses over quilted leather seats.

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Performance-wise, the Ford-Cosworth V8 and sub-1250kg mass allow a power/weight ratio of 400bhp/tonne, while the top speed is over 200mph. TVR will build 500 Launch Edition cars (featuring extra carbon) next year, for around £90,000 – of which around 20-25 are left, so you'd better be quick.

Want to take a closer look at the new TVR? Click on the gallery at right for an exhaustive selection of shots. Photographs courtesy of Michael Gooderham, TVR, Goodwood/Tom Shaxson, and The Unofficial TVR Blog