The New 500-HP, 200 MPH TVR Griffith Debuts

The New 500-HP, 200 MPH TVR Griffith Debuts

Cosworth-tuned, 5.0-liter Ford V8 connected to a TREMEC Magnum XL six-speed manual sending power to the rear wheels.

Motor Authority / Viknesh Vijayenthiran / Sept. 8, 2017 (Photos courtesy of TVR Manufacturing Limited)

Dormant British brand TVR, famous for its fearsome sports cars such as the Sagaris and Typhon, has been revived and has just revealed a new car.

Developed from scratch, the new car wears TVR’s Griffith nameplate and made its debut at the 2017 Goodwood Revival taking place in the United Kingdom – 70 years on since the original TVR Engineering outfit was started by Trevor Wilkinson in Blackpool.

It was in 2006 that the original TVR ceased production in Blackpool. The new owners, led by entrepreneur Les Edgar, took over the name in 2013.

Their new Griffith is a grand touring coupe with a Cosworth-enhanced 5.0-liter V-8 borrowed from the Ford Mustang GT. The engine, tuned to deliver 500 horsepower, is mounted up front and spins the rear wheels via a TREMEC 6-speed Magnum XL manual transmission.

TVR says it has enough orders to keep it busy for a while. The first batch of cars will be 500 special launch editions, build slots for which are almost filled. Pricing for these starts below $117,285 and deliveries, if all goes to plan, should commence in early 2019.

In the longer term, the company plans three other models, including a convertible, and is hopeful of building cars at the rate of 2,000 per year by 2022. Production will take place at a new plant in Wales. Sadly, a U.S. launch isn’t in the cards for now.

About the Magnum XL

The Magnum XL 6-speed is known as a robust and superior quality manual transmission for rear-wheel drive vehicles. It is a double-overdrive transmission that easily tolerates up to 700lb-ft of torque.

Known in its OE form as the TR-6060, the Magnum XL is an aftermarket varient of the same transmission found in Detroit-3 muscle cars, sports cars and luxury vehicles.

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