It was a big – actually unique in Revival history – moment when
Lord March and TVR chief Les Edgar unveiled the new production model, joined by the mastermind behind its engineering, Gordon Murray – it’s only the second high-performance road car he has designed after the McLaren F1 25 years ago.
A brief roar from the Cosworth-tuned V8 left no one in any doubt that TVR was back. So what did everyone think? GRR went around the hall asking that question. Now the verdict is in…
Happy with the reaction to it?
Yes. The car is stunning. It was a difficult balance to keep TVR aficionados happy and broaden the appeal to others. I think we have got that mix about right.
How did you get TVR DNA into it?
Les and the team had a good idea of what they wanted when they came to us, not the physical attributes but the feel of it. We have carried that over but not everything from TVRs of old - you want the engineering to be better of course.
How did you come up with the new face?
The variety of TVRs over the years is mind-boggling. What our styling guys did was stare at all these different TVRs for weeks until they came up with the shape of the grille and the new face, which TVR can now use for future models. It incorporates styling elements from five old TVR models.
Is it back to sports car basics enough for you?
It is certainly light enough at under 1300kg, which is much less than the opposition and 300kg lighter than the Mercedes-AMG GT which is its direct competitor. We had an absolute width maximum so it’s narrow enough for British lanes. The footprint is slightly smaller than a Porsche 911’s.
Have you engineered a convertible at the same time?
We have talked to TVR about product strategy for two years but where the car goes next is Les’s decision.
But your iStream construction could cope with a convertible?
The lovely thing about iStream is that the bit underneath the car doesn’t change. All the red stuff keeps the rain out, the body is totally non-structural. So you can have whatever you like on the same chassis.