TVR used the Goodwood Revival as the stage for the reveal of the 2019 Griffith, the first car the company has produced since being returned to British ownership in 2013.
While the Griffith name is familiar, TVR says the new design is underpinned by “cutting-edge engineering” that eschews the electronic driver aids that have become common in other high-end sports cars.
According to TVR, the 2019 Griffith is only the second front-engined production car with a flat floor, part of an aerodynamic design that helps the car remain stable at high speeds and deliver “exceptional handling abilities.”
The manufacturer calls out the car’s carbon-composite structure and body panels, which help keep weight down to just 1,250 kg and contributes to a stiff structure and 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution.
Like Griffith models that came before, this latest design is powered by a 5.0-litre V8, but one that this time is based on the Ford Coyote engine in the Mustang. It features enhancements by the British engine wizards at Cosworth, who added a lighter flywheel, dry-sump oiling, and new exhaust manifolds tailored to the Griffith’s side-exit exhausts.
TVR’s press release says only the engine “enables” a power-to-weight ratio of 400 hp per tonne, which says to us this modified Ford motor cranks out about 500 hp. Putting that power through a six-speed manual transmission, the Griffith is good for a claimed sub- four-second zero-to-96 km/h (-60 mph) sprint and a top speed of more than 320 km/h (200 mph).
The car presented at Goodwood was done up in Launch Edition spec, featuring a full leather interior, custom alloy wheels, and a bespoke infotainment system. TVR also showed a pace car livery that signaled the brand’s intention to return to racing.
TVR will begin producing the 2019 TVR Griffith Launch Edition in late 2018, with a starting price of GBP 90,000, or about $144,000 CDN. It’s not destined for Canada, though there’s an outside chance it could make the States.