The TVR Griffith Could Be Coming To America

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TVRs haven't been sold in America since the mid-1980s. Time for that to change.

In an era where cars are becoming more conservative, the rebirth of a radical carmaker like TVR was a cause for celebration. The new Griffith revealed at the Goodwood Revival reads like a driving enthusiast's checklist. Rear-wheel drive? Check. Manual transmission? Check. A 500-horsepower, 5.0-liter Ford engine? Check. 0-62 mph in six seconds? Check. The only caveat? TVR hasn't exported cars to America since the mid-1980s, so it seemed unlikely that the Griffith would buck this trend.

However, it turns out that TVR could be setting its sights on America for the Griffith after all. Recently, company boss Les Edgar, who took over TVR in 2013, outlined plans to expand the Griffith range in the future with a convertible and more hardcore performance variants after the initial 500 Launch Editions, which have now nearly all sold out. Jalopnik has since learned that the Ford engine would enable the Griffith to comply with California emissions regulations, where the company hopes to launch the convertible model. Coincidentally, the Griffith is powered by the same Ford Coyote engine manufactured in the US for the Mustang, tuned by Cosworth to churn out 500 horsepower.

Combine this the with fact that left-hand drive variants are being made to meet European homologations, and that the car performs extremely well in 50 mph crash tests, and the idea of the Griffith being sold Stateside suddenly doesn't seem far fetched. Edgar told Jalopnik that he would "love the idea" of bringing the Griffith to the US, but needs a strong US partner first. That shouldn't be too difficult, since TVRs used to be shipped to America in the 1980s, so it's not an unknown brand. Please make it happen, TVR. More two-seater sports cars being sold in America can only be a good thing.

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