TVR Sparks Back to Life


It appears that TVR is back in business with a fancy new website, logo, and unique rejuvenation service.

Nikolai Smolenski took ownership of ailing British-auto brand, TVR, back in 2004. And with some grit and determination, the young Russian businessman seems to have turned a corner in trying to revive this near-extinct eccentric sports car builder. There's a brand new website, a revised logo that appears to be a rehash of the 1954 original, and a unique service whereby TVR will source one of the company's used models, from a nineties Griffith to one of the latest Sagaris, and completely rework the vehicle's systems.

This means upgrading the brakes and dash and fitting a 6.2-liter LS3 GM V8 and a five-speed transmission capable of producing 426hp and 420lb-ft of torque. Existing owners can also upgrade their cars to similar specs, but there's no indication how much this special treatment is going to cost. There is talk, however, of a totally new model, dubbed the TVR Tuscan 4, set to debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. This year TVR confirmed they would restart their TVR MD1 project: a Tuscan Spider evolution with a LS9 engine. So hopefully there's a strong chance the new-gen Tuscan will be a spider. TVR fans: your day has come.

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