The covers came off the car, called Griffith as expected, before a packed audience on TVR’s stand at the Earls Court Motor Show. Echoes of past TVR launches came thick and fast, albeit without the scantily-clad models that made TVR launches in the real Earls Court notorious in earlier decades.
More than anything, though, this was about the future, not the past. Here’s a much-loved true-Brit performance car, moribund for a decade, reborn in carbon-fibre and aluminium and designed by no less an eminence than Gordon Murray to be the antidote to overly large, heavy and complex sports cars. Strange but true: it’s Murray’s performance-car follow-up to the McLaren F1…
Promising to be fast, noisy and – most revolutionary of all for a TVR – well made, the 2018 Griffith looks the part with classic proportions, a powerful stance and plenty of distinctive styling cues, some new and some recalling TVRs of old. At Revival’s Earls Court Motor Show, no glamour models were needed to make this TVR the centre of attention.
So, the car: and it’s pretty much what you’d expect it to be, and what mad-keen TVR owners – none more so than company boss Les Edgar – have been clamouring for.