There's a flicker of life over at TVR. The eccentric British sportscar firm has a brand-new website, complete with a revised logo that harkens back to the company's 1954 original. That's far from the grand plans that the company's owner, Nikolai Smolenski, had drawn in the clouds, but at least its something. PistonHeads.com reports that TVR will now source you one of the company's used models and completely rework the vehicle's systems. The engine gets swapped for a new General Motors LS3 mated to a five-speed transmission, while the interior gets the appropriate amount of spit and polish as well. It just goes to prove that there's nothing that a small-block can't fix.

PistonHeads also says that TVR will be happy to give current TVR owners' vehicles the same level of treatment. Right now, it's unclear exactly how much such a revitalization will cost, but we wouldn't plan on it being cheap.

In more interesting news, TVRBlog indicates that plans are afoot for a new Tuscan 4, which is likely to be a roadster. The open-topped sports car is likely the previously rumored TVR MD1, and it's possible that the model will debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

Head over to the TVR website for more information.


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      Vracknal
      • 3 Years Ago
      The sooner TVR returns to profitability, the sooner they can get around to building this. http://www.tvrmotors.eu/wp-content/uploads/Project-.jpg and this. http://www.tvrmotors.eu/wp-content/uploads/TuscanIV4.jpg
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Evan McMiller
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why the hell would a want a stupid LS3 in my TVR. I'd rather cut my own penis off. Holly God who was the moron that thought this was a good idea. Straight 6 or forget about it.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Evan McMiller
        What's so bad about the LS3?
          cfphelps
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          The first DOHC engine was produced in 1920. The first OHV engine was produced in 1947. Pushrods are not older. Also your comparison of the two engines didn't even mention metrics that actually matter in a performance engine, namely power output and mass. The all-aluminum LS3 makes excellent power and torque while weight very little. It's okay to like the straight 6 from an originality in the TVR standpoint, or to simply prefer the high redline characteristics of DOHCs that you mentioned, but to ignore the benefits of the Gen III/IV smallblocks based on your ignorance thinking that they are based on a 60 year old design (As Elmo said, the LS3 shares only pushrods and bores pacing with a traditional smallblock, and uses tons of new technology) is just plain ignorant. And as to complainging about "hideously big capacity", the LS3 manages to displace 6.2L while weight less than many 6 cylinder engines, and taking up less space to boot. Plus the buckets of torque allow it to be geared to get excellent gas mileage as well. Unless you are in a racing series which limits displacement, there is no downside to more displacement.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          60 year old design? Would people seriously get that out of their friggin' heads? The LS3 IS NOT related to any past engine designs from 60 years ago. Just because it's a pushrod engine, doesn't mean it's old technology. The LS3 is MUCH MORE advanced than an engine you would see from 60 years ago. Hell, old mechanics who only know how to work on 60 year old engines would get severely lost trying to fix up an modern LS engine. Get it through your thick skulls that current GM small blocks aren't related to GM's Generation I small blocks.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          lol Now you're claiming to know about performance engine technologies, yet you didn't know OHV technology is younger than DOHC technology.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          GM didn't wanna pay the money to develop a DOHC (yes, it's DOHC, not "DOCH" like you kept typing. Would have let it slide, but you actually kept doing it). They improved upon the design. The fact that they can weigh less than most V6s and I6s is incredible. Hell, they get incredible gas mileage for having so much power. The Z06 gets close to 30mpg with 505hp and 7 litres. By the way, Ford is using variable valve timing. They're currently using it in the 5.0. Yet again, you claim to know about performance engine technologies, yet you didn't know Ford has been in the variable valve timing market for quite some time (See: Duratec/Zetec). ANY of what you said could have been googled. The fact that you tried covering that up by saying you googled it quite hilarious. You're just digging yourself into a deeper hole by claiming to know a lot more than everybody else. Watch you try to make excuses on why you didn't know about Ford's past variable valve timing ventures lol. I can't wait to see it.
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          It still uses pushrods ain't it? In 21st century when you can buy cheap hatch with DOCH head. Ford came into 21st century, why can't GM? And don't tell me that the LS is fully competitive to the modern sportscars' engines 'cause unless it is with hideously big capacity or a blower to compensate for its obsolete design - IT'S NOT! Try get that through your thick skull.
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Well, let's see! All alloy block and DOCH head with similar valvetrain design to a Suzuki bike engine, dry sump, individual throttle bodies and 7500+ maximum rpm's for the Speed Six vs. pushrod 2 valves per cylinder, wet sump, single throttle body and 6600 maximum rpm's for the LS3. It is pure example of European vs. American engine technology, the one feature the latest design innovations the other features 60 years old design. I'm not saying the LS3 is a bad engine. I'm sure it's very very good, no matter its old design, but if I have to choose between LS3 and Speed Six there was never a choice. I'm sure they could've bring the Speed Six up to date but I heard they build all new factory and they probably can't build engines in it. But still I would've go with European engine, probably something from the big three Germans.
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I'm not going into dispute with you, but if you want performance comparison do it yourself, you know, Google. The only thing you are going to find is that Speed Six is better suited for a European FR sportscar. But don't call me ignorant, because you don't know nothing about me and you can't judge about my knowledge by my superficial comments that even I don't take too seriously. I may gone too far, but a simple fact is that Audi and BMW both produce much better performance engines, much more suitable for a car like the Sagaris. But we all know that producing a car is much more complicated than that. So go mind your business and don't make me start on performance engines technologies.
      hecti
      • 3 Years Ago
      replace the speed 6 engine with n ls3??? are you f&$#ing kidding me??? who ever does this is clinically retarded
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      One of the greatest things about TVRs was their own home grown engines. The LS3 is a good motor, but with it it's just not really a TVR anymore.
      SPG1
      • 3 Years Ago
      cool, too bad the cars they are going to build this off are rubbish..
      gkaparis
      • 3 Years Ago
      I do think they should have their own engines as amazing as the LS3, but I'm glad TVR is returning, still some of the sexiest cars Ive ever seen.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn, why couldn't i have won the lottery?? I'd have an LS3 TVR in my driveway in a heartbeat. Better yet, an LS7. In a Speed Six. With a license plate that read SWRDFSH. What, a guy can dream, right??
      Red Mango
      • 3 Years Ago
      According to http://tvrdealer.info there is likely to be an increase in sales/prices of Sagaris/Cerberas.....which is a damn shame.
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      Geezus--they're so broke they can't even afford color.
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well at least there still portion of TVR left. TVR is one of my favorite brands, and I don't think you can find a car company that can makes cars as unique and ground-breaking as some of the TVR models were. Best I can understand, most of the things you find in TVR car, you would only find it in TVR, until now I guess. I don't know much about LS3, or why they chose that particular engine, I just hope the company can last longer.
        cfphelps
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dennis Baskov
        They probably chose it because it is a very light weight, compact engine that makes tons of power and torque.
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