Only those who have placed a deposit had the privilege of seeing the new V8 rear-wheel drive coupe.
The reborn TVR sports car manufacturer has been teasing its new model for more than a year now, but we still have to wait several months to see the final design. Rumoured to bring back the iconic “Griffith” nameplate, the new performance coupe was shown a few days ago in U.K. to early adopters that have already made deposits to claim one.
Ahead of its full debut in September, the car was shown behind closed doors and those fortunate enough to attend the private event also had the opportunity to learn about the juicy technical specs. At the moment of writing, we know the new rear-wheel drive sports car will be powered by a front-mounted V8 engine developed by Cosworth generating in excess of 400 horsepower.
The retro-flavoured coupe is going to tip the scales at around 2,645 pounds (1,200 kilograms) and will need less than four seconds to hit 60 miles per hour (96 kilometres per hour) en route to a top speed of 322 km/h (200 mph).
Should you be interested in getting your hands on the new-era TVR sports car, the limited-run Launch Edition is said to cost under £90,000 (approx. $150,000 CAD). If that sounds like too much, the “regular” model will come at a more attainable price tag.
Taking into account TVR’s new factory in Wales won’t be up and running until next year, it means customer deliveries are not slated to commence until probably late 2018 / early 2019. Despite the very long waiting time, the revived automaker already had almost 400 deposits by early 2016, even before presenting the car at private events and disclosing all the details. That number must have grown between then and now taking into account TVR now has actually something to showcase and lure in prospect buyers.
Since the coupe is pinned for a September premiere, we might see it at the Frankfurt Motor Show the same month. A convertible derivative is in the works and will be launched at a later date.