TVR to unveil new 320km/h V8 sports car at Goodwood Revival
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British carmaker TVR will unveil a new high-performance model at the Goodwood Revival this weekend, the first launch by the company in over a decade.
We know only a handful of details about the as-yet unnamed model. It will weigh around 1,200kg, it will be powered by a 5.0-litre Cosworth-developed V8, and it'll have a manual gearbox. An expected power output of 480bhp will result in a 320km/h top speed and a 0-100km/h time of just 4 seconds.
A limited run of 500 'Launch Edition' cars, priced at £90,000 (NZ$163,000), is already selling fast, with buyers already having seen the new car at a private event.
This will be TVR's first new model for well over a decade. Scheduled to coincide with the British company's 70th anniversary, the new car's launch will be the first to take place at the Goodwood Revival in the event's 19-year history.
The new 2017 TVR has been designed in conjunction with Gordon Murray, the man behind the McLaren F1. His company, Gordon Murray Design, will use its proprietary iStream carbon fibre chassis manufacturing method when the new TVR goes into production – something TVR chairman Les Edgar says will make the technology available to more people.
"Historically, carbon fibre has been reserved for motorsport and high-end supercars," said Les. "But now TVR will be offering customers a slice of that technology at a fraction of the price.
"The spotlight has been on us from the start, and with the help of Gordon Murray Design and its innovative processes, we have made sure that our new sports car can really shine and deliver beyond expectations.
"The carbon manufacturing process really is a game changer, and one I’m delighted to offer to all of our early adopter Launch Edition customers within the package cost."
The carbon technology will be available as an optional extra on later cars, something that TVR expects to be popular with buyers.
Gordon Murray said: “From early on it became apparent that there was no reason why we couldn’t develop a carbon fibre chassis structure for the new TVR at a lower cost than manufacturing processes previously allowed.
"Our iStream Carbon technology is the world’s first affordable, yet high volume, carbon fibre chassis and body structure and sets new standards in the automotive industry for chassis lightweighting, rigidity and safety.
"I am delighted that TVR is able to offer a carbon fibre option and bring the lightweight TVR principle back to life in a very exciting contemporary way."
The new TVR will be built in the company's new Welsh factory in the Ebbw Vale Enterprise Zone, roughly half way between Merthyr Tydfil and Abergavenny – Britain's newest performance car will bear a 'Made in Wales' tag.
- Telegraph UK