The Griffith uses a patented "iStream" construction system - which uses extensive carbon-fibre to save weight, and provide high structural rigidity at the same time. With a quoted weight of 1250kg, it works to around 500bhp. TVR claims a top speed of over 200mph, and 0-60mph acceleration of less than four seconds. The chassis is built out of carbon composite combined with aluminum and steel, allowing it to weigh only 1,250 kg.
The suspension uses double wishbones at either end, with adjustable coil-over dampers and concentric springs.
Under the angular hood, as promised, is a Cosworth tuned 5-litre V8 and it outputs 500hp ― not bad at all for a motor without a turbo helping to boost power per cylinder. It also gets a bespoke lighter flywheel and clutch. Although the first edition of the press pack quotes no power or torque figures, TVR's official video created in conjunction with Goodwood states the engine produces 480bhp. The auto has been designed with a ideal 50/50 weight distribution front-to-back, and packs some serious braking hardware, boasting 370-mm floating discs up front with 6-piston calipers. A full ground-effect aerodynamic package has also been developed - with a full flat-floor - combining to give the Griffith "outstanding stability and handling capabilities". ABS and traction control comes standard unlike previous models.
It's small too. Measuring 4314mm in length 1850mm wide and 1239mm tall, it's similar in size to the current Porsche Cayman. The Griffith is said to offer "ample head room and cabin space, as well as more than adequate storage space". The infotainment system has been specially designed, and the surfaces are trimmed in leather, with the minimum of controls on show.
Les, after all, is not just another auto company boss.
"We are incredibly excited to be unveiling the new auto at the Goodwood Revival", TVR chairman Les Edgar said earlier this year. "It is entirely fitting that TVR, as such an iconic British marque, should unveil what will be a very exciting entrant to the global sports vehicle market at our iconic British event", says Lord March of the decision to grant TVR this special privilege. "Importantly, the new TVR offers levels of technical sophistication, comfort, reliability and practicality never seen by the brand before".
THE TVR GRIFFITH will go into production late in 2018 and is the first new model since TVR was purchased by a syndicate of United Kingdom investors in 2013.