• Apr 28, 2010
At long last, the question of exactly which American V8 the newly-resurrected TVR will use has been answered. As you might have guessed, the Russian-owned, English-bred racer will get a beating heart from none other than the mighty Chevrolet Corvette. The news hounds over at Autocar managed to snag a quick interview with the brand's owner, Nikolai Smolenski, who said that the GM eight-pot presented the most efficient and powerful solution to the company's engine concerns.

Unfortunately, Smolenski didn't say exactly which GM V8 would find its way behind the new TVR's headlights. We'd love to think that the 638 horsepower supercharged LS9 would do a proper job of paying homage to the ridiculously powerful TVR models of days gone by, but it's possible that the company could opt for the more civil (and less expensive) 505 horsepower LS7 found in the current Corvette Z06.

Either way, the car should be an absolute rocket whenever it hits the streets. Given the fact that an all-American lump is going to be pushing power to the rear wheels, there's even some talk of the cars being sold here in the States. Our fingers? Yeah. They're crossed.

Autocar also makes mention of the fact that Smolenski is considering a hybrid model that would allow the use of an automatic transmission. Blasphemy or not, we're about to see a whole new take on the TVR name we know and love.

[Source: Autocar]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 21 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm all for sporty hybrids, but it sounds like he just said "We're thinking of hybrid powertrains" just so he could say the word "hybrid".
      • 4 Years Ago
      i wonder how good the new TVRs will be compared to the Corvette models.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Define "good".

        Faster? Probably.

        Better built? A man in a shed could build a sturdier car than most TVR's built in the past.

        More likely to cause you to oversteer into a tree? Almost certainly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They *were* built by a man in a shed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      TVR's were more often ridiculously light than "ridiculously powerful". Similar result.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To bad, those straight 6 and the one V12 they built were just insane sounding.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'M SO SICK OF HYBRIDS!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!! Especially the supercar and elite sports car makers. People that buy them, no matter what they say, DO NOT care about gas mileage. They want powerful and lightweight. Downrank if you must but I KNOW i'm not the only one that feels this way.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I despise hybrids, well in performance or high-end luxury cars at least. I think hybrids should only be in normal priced cars such as the Prius, Honda Civic hybrid, Fusion hybrid, ect. Leave performance cars alone they're designed for performance not fuel efficiency, and hybrid performance cars still don't even get that good of gas mileage.
        • 4 Years Ago
        SC, you don't know what you're talking about.

        You say you want a simple car, but have you *looked* under the hood of a car made after, say, 1930? Hybridizing the powertrain is certainly an added complexity, but one not really much more complex than an electric starter and the alternator. If you hate the complexity of hybrids, then hate the complexity of turbos, fuel injection, engine management, EGR, spark plugs, and so on with equal vehemence.

        I'll support you with your thoughts about adding *new* complexity, but where you're talking about something already complex, you have no argument.

        Indeed, I don't want a car with a "whybrid" powertrain. I want the engine as it stands to be made more efficient, the car to be lighter weight, more aerodynamic. But I will support their introduction, because by exposing automotive drive batteries to the consumer market, it drives down the cost of battery technology, paving the way for *lightweight* pure electrics with a reasonable range -- which is the simple car *I* strive for.
      • 4 Years Ago
      never liked those type of cluster headlights
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sagaris with LSx power!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder whether TVR will start making cars again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Kinda sad that they won't be making their own engines anymore. They seemed to be the last of the bespoke small volume engine manufacturers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, making their own engines was a relatively new thing at TVR. In the past they have used a variety of 4,6 & 8 cylinder engines from many manufacturers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I realize they used others' engines, but I admired them greatly for making their own. From what I read they were pretty sweet motors too.

        • 4 Years Ago
        They heavily reworked the engines for their cars before they decided to just make them outright. Probably had the second-best sounding engines for driving through tunnels next to Aston Martin. Then this Russian kid with no idea how to run a business got involved, but I think it's now the sensible step to go with the Corvette's LS range, probably the LS7 for the smaller cars and maybe a Speed12 replacement with the LS9. As good as those engines sound they had better rework them to make them more 'TVR' like!
      • 4 Years Ago
      TVR is dead. Smolenski killed it and now he's trying to bring it back; he is the worst thing ever to happen to the company. What's he smoking? First it was the new Sagaris and plans to produce TVRs in Italy, now it's Corvette powertrains and hybrids. None of it will ever get past the planning phase.
      qslashbert
      • 4 Years Ago
      i love tvrs and the fact that they were so light. i thought the sagaris was a little monster and one of the best track cars. o and i hate the fact that 6tvrs were never sold in U.S hoping so bad they come across the sea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where's neptronix? I thought for sure he'd be in here, bashing the LS-series motor and TVR for making the dumbest choice ever! They clearly should've gone wth a DOHC DI VVT motor.
    • Load More Comments