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TVR Griffith 2018 revealed with 5.0-litre V8

TVR has marked its return to manufacturing with the reveal of the Griffith sportscar at the Goodwood Revival over the weekend, with the British brand's formula of front-mounted engines, manual gearboxes and two-door coupe bodystyles carrying on.

While not confirmed for an Australian launch, the Griffith will have tongues wagging with promises of a zero to 60mph (97km/h) sprint in less than four seconds and a top speed in excess of 322km/h.

Motivation comes from a 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated V8 petrol engine enhanced by Cosworth, but its outputs are yet to be released. The donor unit is understood to be from Ford's Coyote range.

However, TVR is claiming a power-to-weight ratio of 298kW/tonne and an unladen weight of less than 1250kg, which would suggest the rear-wheel-drive Griffith's power figure is around 373kW.

A driver-focused set-up dominates the interior, with a digital instrument cluster and portrait-orientated multimedia system.

Nevertheless, its torque output is the great unknown, but the vehicle's six-speed Tremec manual gearbox is capable of handling 949Nm and up to 7500rpm, so a heady figure is likely.

Designed by Gordon Murray, the two-seat Griffith is the first new model from TVR since it released the Typhon and Sagaris in the middle of the last decade.

Aerodynamic engineering shaped the vehicle's exterior, but TVR elements like the headlight clusters are evident. LED lighting is used for both the front and rear ends.

Large air intakes, a front splitter, double side-exit exhaust, integrated rear diffuser and a double-bubble roof add to the model's purposeful external look.

Enhancing the Griffith's impressive on-road presence are its 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 235/35 tyres (front) and 20-inch rims shod with 275/30 rubber (rear).

Tucked behind them is a strong braking package, with six-piston callipers and 370mm ventilated discs up front, while the rear axle features four-pot stoppers and 350mm ventilated rotors.

Developed by Gordon Murray Design,  the Griffith's  architecture mixes carbon-fibre, steel and aluminium components.

A double-wishbone suspension set-up with adjustable coilover dampers is employed by the front and rear axles, while power steering is handled by an electric system.

Inside, a driver-focused set-up dominates, with a digital instrument cluster and portrait-orientated multimedia system, as well as leather trim and minimal buttons and controls.

Measuring in at 4314mm long, 1850mm wide and 1239mm tall with a 2600mm wheelbase, TVR claims the Griffith is the most compact model in its sportscar class.

Developed by Gordon Murray Design, the Griffith's architecture – dubbed 'iStream' – mixes carbon-fibre, steel and aluminium components, which help to achieve the vehicle's perfect 50:50 weight distribution.

Starting production in late 2018, a run of Griffith Launch Edition specials will be limited to 500 units, with each featuring a full-leather interior, a bespoke alloy wheel design and an additional range of paint colours – including exclusive and custom hues.

Priced from £90,000 ($A147,528) in the United Kingdom, most of the Launch Edition versions are already spoken for, but a small number are still available for purchase.

Should TVR bring the Griffith to Australia? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Justin Hilliard
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