Ironically, it will go on sale before the TVR Griffith.
It's been three years since the reborn TVR Griffith was revealed to the world, but the British sports car still hasn't entered production. It's a shame because it sounds like a true driver's car, with power provided by a 5.0-liter V8 engine from a Ford Mustang GT sending 480 horsepower to the rear wheels through an old-school manual gearbox. TVR claims this setup enables the Griffith to hit 0-62 mph in less than four seconds and top out at around 200 mph.
Sadly, the TVR Griffith was recently delayed again as work continues to improve the company's factory in South Wales. If you can't wait for the new TVR Griffith to arrive, there is now an alternative. Meet the Mulholland Legend 480, which the company describes as a "true successor for the TVR recipe for the 21st century."
If you've never heard of the Mulholland Group, the company supplies parts for Formula One and "top-level motorsport", but this is the company's first production car that will be built under its new Mulholland Automotive division that aims to deliver "high performance engineering to enable customers to rediscover the joy and importantly the purity of driving."
Details are limited, but the Mulholland Legend 480 will adopt a two-seater coupe body style and will be built on a lightweight carbon fiber chassis. If you're thinking the car's proportions and sculpted lines are inspired by classic TVR models like the Tucson, this is no coincidence because the design was penned by former TVR boss Damian McTaggart.
The body structure will also feature extensive use of carbon fiber component technology. Like the TVR Griffith, the Mulholland Legend 480 will pack a V8 that will send 480 hp to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. The company claims this setup will "produce both thrilling performance and a tactile class-leading experience."
"To me, the marque excelled by true principles of what a sports car should be and delivered a truly, exhilarating, driving experience," explained the company's founder, Graham Mulholland. "The Legend 480 as our first vehicle will replicate a proven formula, but we will be using the latest advanced manufacturing know-how and a world-class supply chain to achieve an expected quality and ownership experience. This purity, however, will translate through our use of technology and our experiences we have in our team at our disposal. We can move quickly and be very credible."
Production of the Mulholland Legend 480 will take place at the company's factory in Derby, UK. Order books are already open, with first customer deliveries slated for either July or August this year. At this rate, it will almost certainly go on sale before the new TVR Griffith.