TVR's claimed power-to-weight ratio beats the Porsche 911 Turbo S and Jaguar F-Type SVR.
TVR is making a triumphant comeback this year with its long-awaited new sports car at this year’s Goodwood Revival in September. Rumored to revive the iconic Griffith name, details surrounding TVR’s first sports car in over a decade have been sparse, but Autocar has now revealed it will boast the highest power-to-weight ratio in its class. Powered by a 5.0-liter V8 Cosworth engine, the new TVR will tip the scales at 1,200 kg, resulting in a Porsche-beating power-to-weight ratio of 400-hp per tonne.
This also means we can expect the power output to be around 480-hp. That may not sound very impressive for modern standards, but the lightweight TVR has a higher power-to-weight ratio than its main rivals, beating the Porsche 911 Turbo S, Aston Martin Vantage GT8, Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale and Jaguar F-Type SVR. TVR claims this will enable the sports car to sprint from 0-62 mph in under four seconds and reach a top speed of 200 mph. TVR has also released a tantalyzing new teaser giving us a detailed look at the new sports car’s drivetrain, but it’s unclear if the bodywork outline is representative of the production model.
If it is, we can expect TVR’s new sports car to be a compact coupe with a sloping roofline and a long hood. As well as boasting the highest power-to-weight ratio, TVR also claims it will be the smallest car in its class, measuring just 4,300 mm long which makes it 199 mm shorter than a Porsche 911. It will also be 1271 mm tall, making it 43 mm less than a Jaguar F-Type. Don’t expect the interior to be consequently cramped, though. TVR is promising “levels of comfort and practicality that clearly reflect the manufacturer’s intention that this will be a suitable car for everyday use.” It will also be positioned as a sports grand tourer rather than a thoroughbred sports car, but still retain TVR’s traditional quirks.
“We have been ambitious and rigorous in establishing performance benchmarks for our new car,” said John Chasey at TVR Manufacturing. “Our intentions for power-to-weight, size, practicality and quality standards were set high from the very start. We know that the new TVR must be able to compete at the very highest levels, and I’m delighted to say that the car has met or exceeded all of our own, very exacting requirements, hands down.”