• Jul 10, 2008
TVR has proven its place as a member of the automotive nosferatu, rising once again and relaunching a revised Sagaris that's being readied for production. Currently a prototype, the Sagaris has received updates to the exterior in the form of a new hood and splitter, as well as 19 inch wheels bolted to a re-tuned suspension. One thing that stays the same is the four-liter straight-six under that new hood. Inside, the TVR interior acid trip has been dialed back with the redesigned instrument panel and center stack atop a new HVAC rig. New seats have been tossed in for good measure, and the build quality is reportedly stepped up. TVR owner Nikolai Smolenski has admitted his intent to distribute the brand worldwide, and the Sagaris has the steering wheel on the left for export purposes. There's no word on when we'll be able to drool all over one of these on North American soil, but when it does come our way, it will likely cost more than the €85,000 it's going for in Jolly Old.

[Source: World Car Fans]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but TVR's have always looked like Bipolar Lotuses to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      also what the hell is with that interior, it used to look stunning with the hand made controls and switches but that just looks like a piece of crap that been slapped together in a shed, nothing goes together properly. where are the sideways exhausts too.. its all gone wrong
        • 6 Years Ago
        Correct me if im wrong, but if this car is coming to the US, isn't it illegal in some states to have sideway exhausts ?
      • 6 Years Ago
      only offering the sagaris? or is that just the first one..

      where are they made now anyway. without the insanity its not much of a tvr tho
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like TVRs, i use a Tamora and a Speed Six in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, and they are fast as hell, but my NSX Type R (also in the game) has no problem shredding a Tamora or Speed Six any day
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is their own 4 litre straight six, makes 360hp. It was joined to gether to produce the V12, but the car was undriveable.
        • 6 Years Ago
        In the Sagaris it makes 400hp.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And if you believe anything Smolenski says, I have a bridge to sell you. TVR is dead. I wish it wasn't -- used to own and love one -- but it died when Peter Wheeler cashed out to the Russian trustfund kiddie.
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks good
        s13hybrid
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. I have always liked the out of this world styling. Plus that interior looks amazing in my opinion.

        Oh well, I will never own one though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1. I love TVRs. No nonsense sports cars, if a little bit ugly sometimes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like TVRs, i use a Tamora and a Speed Six in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, and they are fast as hell, but my NSX Type R (also in the game) has no problem shredding a Tamora or Speed Six any day
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks V8 to me...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Look closer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You didn't just say that did you...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, Corvette ZR1 lap and now the return of TVR. What a great autoblog day. TVRs are awesomely cool in my book. I would love to drive one some day. I hope they dont wuss them up with traction control and other stability nonsense.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That TVR is the Ugliest car on the face of the earth iv'e have never seen something more ugly then a TVR.

      For the fun of it lets compare.

      TVR Sagaris: no Traction control, no ABS brakes, bad suspension, 0-60 mph. 3.7 sec. Top Speed: 190 mph. price $134k.

      Corvette Z06: has Traction control, has ABS brakes, Very good suspension, 0-60 mph. 3.7 sec Top Speed: 198 mph. price $80k.

      Ascari KZ1: has Traction control, has ABS brakes, Very good suspension, 0-60 mph. 3.7 sec Top Speed 198 mph ( it's like British version of a Corvette. ) price $364k.

      Porsche 911 Turbo: has Traction control, has ABS brakes, Very good suspension, 0-60 mph. 3.7 sec. Top Speed: 193 mph. price $126k.

      There you have it. there are the numbers. you ether pick a ugly car that handles bad for $134k. or you can get a Porsche or a Corvette for less and kick the TVR's but on the street and on the track.

      Yours Truly.
      CORVETTE ZR1.

      P.S. im Not a Fanboy i just pick the best and go with it.
      but i do hate ford thats all...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ah but id still take a Sagaris, and heres why. I love the looks, and this car really brings out more fun then any Vette and Corvette I have driven before. And I say that because I have driven one when I spent some time in Europe.
        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah ok... im in my Corvette Z06 going around a turn and i take it fast and ur in a TVR you will slide off the track cuz of no Traction control and how are you going to stop ? it has no ABS brakes + it's ugly as hell... and it cost $136k a Porsche cost $126k and a Corvette Z06 cost $80k. Do the math..

        Sorry... if i sounded Rude.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, you may slide off the track because you don't know how to handle high performance driving... but for the few who have enough track time to be good high performance drivers, there is nothing quite as enjoyable as being fully in control of all aspects of the car.

        There's nothing wrong with wanting the car to do the driving for you but don't mistake electronic nannies for being better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why would you want to do that ?
        • 6 Years Ago
        tvrs are hand made and corvettes are mass made thats one of the reasons tvr are expensive
        • 6 Years Ago
        CorvetteZR1...

        You unwittingly just sold a TVR.

        The fact that it is pure to the point of being raw is a SELLING POINT. Good engineering doesn't need to be nannied by electronics. Electronic safety systems breed compromises in real engineering... "oh, TC will cover for it, so we can compromise the suspension design from providing stable and sure traction."

        Taken to the extreme end, we see some modern luxury cars, like MB, where the car is almost undriveable without electronic supervision, because the real engineering of the car has been compromised for other purposes than driving well.

        TVRs are BRUTALLY GORGEOUS. Not as svelte as an italian sports car, or even an Aston Martin, it is also purer, more raw, and more purposeful, while still being drop-dead-sexy.

        The modern bar-of-soap Corvettes (C4 to current) could take several styling lessons from TVR, and other european sports cars.

        A brutal 4-liter 6 cylinder, aptly named "Speed Six" engine, direct rear drive without nannies, big brakes that require the driver to actually know how to use them, and wrapped in a sexy and purposeful skin...

        No wonder I have lusted after modern TVRs even before the Tuscan S had a role on the movie Swordfish. The T350/Sagaris is even better, IMHO.

        All that being said... Smolenski seems to have really upset the apple cart for TVR... First he was going to move the facility across town to another Blackpool, England facility, then it left England altogether, rumored for some italian facility. Then it dropped off the face of the earth, altogether.

        Now rumors that the valve might be opened again, but no information about where, when, or how.

        I would LOVE to see TVRs in production again, but I am not sure I am going to bet on that, seeing what Smolenski has done so far.


        • 6 Years Ago
        Part of the thrill of TVR is that death is right around the bend. Balls of steel to take these babies to top speed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Corvette ZR1:

        Why are you using TC on a track? Thats the first thing you turn off because it will slow you down on a track. TC is a nanny system for the common driver on a common road. About the only nanny system im in favor of is ABS. Ive never seen anyone be able to out brake ABS.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I see you are interested in electric appliances... :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        How much does it cost to get the traction control removed from the other three? :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Couple of corrections there mate:

        1) Ascari to my knowledge doesn't use traction control. It uses good old-fashioned engineering to give the car grip, not a computer that stops you from using what's under the hood to it's fullest. Watch Top Gear's review of either the KZ1 or the A10, it's mentioned in there.

        2) The Sagaris handles like an absolute god now. Seriously, if handling was a trait that could be attributed to deities, the Sagaris would be on par with that. TVRs did have crappy suspensions a while back but that Russian businessboy has fixed that. The corvette meanwhile has a hugely outdated suspension, a big floppy chassis and no integrated rollcage. They're not bad cars overall, but you get what you pay for.

        3) Finally, you forgot one thing TVRs don't have that all the other cars do: airbags. And honestly...that's my favourite part. In a TVR, you're only protection from a crash is the seatbelt, artfully-welded metal surrounding you and your driving skill. How much more sporty can you get? Honestly, sportscars with pillows that shoot out of the steering wheel just seem to lack something...
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