We finally get to hear the new 500-hp TVR Griffith growl in this new test video.
After a 12-year hiatus, TVR made a triumphant comeback this year with the much-anticipated reveal of the reborn Griffith sports car at the Goodwood Revival. Sadly, it's one of several new cars revealed in 2017 that won't be coming to America, though that could change in the future as the company has expressed interest in selling cars in the US if it can find a partner. While we've seen plenty of photos and digested lots of info about the new Griffith, we've yet to see it in motion – until now.
TVR has uploaded a new video showing the Griffith being tested in the UK allowing us to hear its Cosworth-tuned V8 engine growl for the first time – and it sounds absolutely savage. With no turbochargers or electric assistance diluting the exhaust note, this is exactly what a thoroughbred TVR sports car should sound like.
Sadly, the driver seems to ease off just as the car approaches the camera. Oh TVR, you tease. What you're hearing is the sound of a naturally aspirated, 5.0-liter V8 engine tuned by Cosworth that sends 480 hp to the rear wheels through a purist-pleasing manual gearbox. This allows the British sports car to clock 0-62 mph in under four seconds and hit a top speed of over 200 mph. Thanks to extensive use of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and aluminium, it only weighs 1250 kg and has a power-to-weight ratio of 400 hp per tonne. Deliveries are slated to start in 2019, starting with a special $117,882 Launch Edition that's limited to 500 units.