MHH International Takes A Look At The Stunning TVR Griffith
The new Griffith is the first car from TVR since the company’s relaunch in 2013, and it has already been proclaimed a hit. You can see why in the images. Designed and powered by two other automotive legends, Gordon Murray and Cosworth respectively, it is being built with a new assembly process that is a complete rethink and redesign of the traditional automotive manufacturing process. Debateably, this could potentially be the biggest revolution in high volume car manufacture since the Model T.
Development of the process, called ‘iStream’ began over fifteen years ago and it has already won a prestigious ‘Idea of the Year’ award. The simplified assembly process, which utilises Formula 1 technology, means that the manufacturing plant can be designed to be 20% of the size of a conventional factory. This could reduce capital investment by approximately 80%. Yet the flexibility of this assembly process means that the same factory could be used to manufacture different variants, just as TVR did in the past.
This fabulous new car is a real head-turner thanks to its typical TVR swooping body, now made exclusively chassis-up from carbon fibre composite, the side-exit exhausts (when was the last time we saw them!) and beautifully sculpted wheel arches.
It packs a real punch under that stunning body too. Weighing just 1200kg and equipped with a 500bhp, 5.0L Cosworth-enhanced V8 driving through a six-speed manual gearbox, the new TVR’s power-to-weight ratio surpasses that of all its closest competitors including the Porsche 911 Turbo S, Aston Martin Vantage Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe and the Maserati Granturismo MC Stradale. Top speed is in excess of 200mph and 62mph (100km) rushes up to the occupants in under 4 seconds.
The Griffith rides on double wishbone suspension with adjustable coil-over dampers front and rear. Power steering is electrically assisted and braking is handled by six-piston aluminium callipers and vented floating discs. The wheels are 19in diameter and 235mm width at the front, 20in diameter and 235mm width at the back. That’s the sort of grip needed for a car that will surely not suffer fools gladly, much like its predecessors.
The TVR Griffith is the most compact car in its class, yet despite the compact dimensions, the interior packaging offers levels of comfort and practicality that clearly reflect the manufacturer’s intention that this will be a suitable car for everyday use. The order book is open now at around £90,000 UK. Old-school still rules, it seems.