• Feb 22, 2010
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Hey you Anglophiles, looks like TVR is coming back. And really, it's a shame they went anywhere in the first place, but that's the British car industry for you. Nevertheless, a flurry of rumors and speculation has just cropped up, all of them seeming to indicate that a new TVR is coming very soon. Again.

The big news of course is that the new British sports car will have American power. What engine? We don't know, but it sounds like Russian owner Nikolai Smolenski understands that the U.S. market is the number one market for sports cars in the world, and that having an American power plant under the new car's look-at-me hood is the easy way to sell 'em to us Yanks. You may remember that the last crop of TVRs all featured completely bespoke, TVR-built engines and were not sold in the USA. Of course, using a Ford or Chevy (or hey, maybe Chrysler) crate engine will save Smolenski and TVR untold millions of rubles in development costs.

Also new is where the next TVR will be built. Traditionally, TVRs come from Blackpool, UK, but word is that a bunch of TVR parts were recently shipped to Germany where Smolenski has wanted to restart production for a couple of years. Moreover, TVR parts suppliers have reportedly been served with cease and desist notices, as TVR Motors Company (Smolenski's company) is officially the parts supplier to the UK. However, it seems like these kinds of letters have been sent before.

So, what's the same with this new TVR? The reports we're seeing claim that you can expect classic "TVR values" such as front-engine, rear-wheel drive, two seats and totally bonkers styling. Sounds as if the new car will be showing up with at least 500 horsepower, too. We're not sure when we'll see the new TVR, but it sounds as if the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the safest bet. Until then...



[Source: TVR Blog, Pistonheads]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      With the Viper on it's way out, it makes sense for TVR to fill those shoes... and use the V10 powerplant to keep those blocks in production.

      Then again, a nice high-tech Romeo 605HP Ford 5.4 engine would be a good bet too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If he wants to sell to the US market, it looks like he'll have to change the last remaining thing that will make a TVR a TVR: the looks.

      And that will kill the non-US market. Because, y'know, some people actually like the look of the later TVRs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A "British" car, built in Germany with an American motor, by a Russian? Sounds dubious.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If only someone would wrestle this company away from this tool!

      Dropping in a US engine doesn't magically erase legit liability concerns that TVR always had. Plus compliance with DOT rules in 2010 are far more strict then they were back when the 280i editions were sold. The investment cost to make any TVR foremost US compliant just never has made sense.

      TVR was doing just fine selling everywhere else but the US - and could've eased slowly into making the next gen product possibly US compliant. Instead withdrawing the name off the market for years, laying off all those who made the brand what it was, burning the bridges with supplier and the sales network, etc all add up to a brand nobody should want to do business with in the future.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I Hope they put some form of LS engine in there... I love my LS7 :)

      LS9 would be choice if money was no object.... although I could easily seem them droping in an LS3 and doing some custom boost application.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Every sports car out there could use a little LS9. Simplicity, reliability, grotesque power waiting to be unleashed. 800HP is, from what I understand, rather trivial to extract from the General's uber-mill.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As the owner of a 1969 TVR Tuscan (in pieces, being reassembled), I think having american power is appropriate, especially if it is the new Ford 5.0 engine. I just want to see a new TVR car remain very light (2000lbs), agile, with great styling. But given Smolenski's awful track record with the company, I am sure he will mess this up as well. I am keeping my fingers crossed though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really hope they dont put a lazzy and bad american engine...that will be sad couse I love the engine on the Cerbera and Sagaris
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea, those "lazzy" American motors are terrible. 505 NA HP and 26 MPG is such a travesty...

        /sarcasm
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still going to be one of the ugliest (albeit fastest) ways to kill yourself on the market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the Cerbera was and in my opinion, still is, one of the prettiest, cleanest designs ever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, the designs are pretty poor. They look like someone was using a solid modeling program, not a surface modeling program. Blech.
      • 4 Years Ago
      TVR coming back? I'll believe it when I see it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The LS series of engines might be the best out there. Everyone gives BMW so much praise with their complicated m3 engine. Guess what the LS3 makes 22 more HP and then engine weighs 30 Lbs less.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should really just build the Sagaris... over and over again...
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