After an extended leave of absence involving bankruptcy, resurrection and near-death, British sports car manufacturer TVR has returned with its first all-new model for well over a decade. The new car was revealed at the Goodwood Revival earlier this weekend, and is named the Griffith, after the iconic 1991 model.
The new Griffith is described by TVR boss Les Edgar as "a British muscle car" – a title it's likely well deserving of, by virtue of its massive 5.0-litre V8 engine.
It produces 480bhp, which combined with the car's light weight will give it incredible performance. TVR claims a top speed of over 200mph, and 0-60mph acceleration of less than four seconds.
TVR bosses have no qualms about producing a hugely powerful V8 car, even with the current slew of hybrid initiatives and scrappage schemes. Operations director John Chasey told us: "We'll keep selling V8s until someone comes along and takes them away from us."
If you're familiar with the manufacturer's previous models, you'll know that they aren't exactly discreet on the styling front. The new Griffith continues this ethos, with a bulging and muscular bodywork design featuring a massive front grille, distinctive L-shaped taillights and side-exiting exhausts.
The car has been penned by famed designer Gordon Murray, whose portfolio includes the incredible McLaren F1. He's made use of a new manufacturing system called iStream, which features carbon-fibre composite materials to keep the weight low and the chassis rigid. The new Griffith weighs only a little over a ton, which should endow it with impressive cornering capability to match its straight-line performance.
Previous TVR models were notorious for their lack of safety aids, doing without traction control, ABS brakes or even airbags. The new car should prove a lot safer, with all of these features – but TVR promises it uses "intelligent design over electronic driver aids".
Inside, TVR fans may be disappointed that the car's interior doesn't feature the mess of dials and gauges made famous by TVRs of old. Instead, there's a McLaren-style portrait-orientated touchscreen infotainment system. Digital dials are flanked by controls in pods, though, and the whole cabin is trimmed in leather and Alcantara suede.
The new TVR Griffith is set to go on sale in 2018, in a limited-run Launch Edition. Prices and full specifications have not yet been revealed.