TVR Review

A ‘not quite a review’ take of life with a TVR Chimaera after four years of ownership. We look at some commonly asked questions around reliability & parts availability, and guess at why a lot of owners seem to have had enough after just a few months.

Motul Presents a world exclusive first look at the amazing new 2017 TVR!

Designer Gordon Murray and TVR Chairman Les Edgar tell us about the TVR brand and introduce their new baby, the monstrous TVR Griffith.

The essentials:

50:50 weight distribution with full ground effect
200+ Mph
Sub 4.0s 0-60
5litre Cosworth-enhanced V8
£90,000 starting price
Carbon Fibre Chassis
Production from late 2018

The full press release:
Motul roars into the future with TVR as official lubricant partner

Innovation, passion, technical development and performance at the highest levels: these values have been championed by Motul for decades and are now encapsulated in a new partnership as official lubricant partner to TVR!

An integral part of British sports car heritage, independent manufacturer TVR has produced models over the years with names such as Griffith, Chimaera and Cerbera, adding to its mythical status in British automobile manufacturing history.

This year TVR is celebrating its 70th anniversary and to mark that milestone it is launching a brand-new, 5L Cosworth-enhanced V8-engined sports car. Motul’s products have been used successfully in the development process, significantly adding to the performance and quality of the engineering.

Recognised the world over for its models’ distinctively sounding ‘roar’, the new TVR will be the first new model for the marque in over nine years. Another ground-breaker is that the car will be launched at the world-renowned Goodwood Revival event on 8th September – the first time a manufacturer has done so.

The new, as yet unnamed, lightweight model, will use innovative design and manufacturing techniques and features a carbon fiber construction courtesy of the Gordon Murray Design company. Gordon Murray, of course, is famous for his technically innovative, pioneering engineering of Formula One cars of the past and the first McLaren high performance road car.

The V8, front-engined car will have manual transmission and rear wheel drive, and will be powered by Motul’s fully synthetic 5W20 engine oil which has been fully tested and approved by TVR. It will feature the marque’s superior styling and be hand-crafted rather than mass-produced.

Motul’s complete range will be recommended to customers including gearbox oil, differential oil, brake fluid, coolants and windscreen washer. High quality, individual, cherished vehicles need high quality, proven products; Motul and TVR are the perfect fit.

Arnaud Laire, Motul Managing director, commented: “Needless to say, TVR and Motul have a lot of points in common which is why the partnership was natural and obvious from the very first beginning. After a few months of technical development, now we can’t wait to unveil to TVR fans around the world the brand-new model!”

Les Edgar, Chairman of TVR Manufacturing Ltd added: “I am delighted to be able to announce our close collaboration and partnership with Motul, a recognised leader in high performance lubricants. In all areas of our new TVR, we were adamant about partnering only with the very best, to deliver an outstanding performance car to our customers.

“Motul shares our passion for racing and excellence, with their lubricants contributing to the exhilarating performance of our engine and our vehicle. During our development stage, we have already felt the significant benefits of partnering with somebody who is particularly experienced in motorsport and delivering to a very high standard. The contribution made by the lubricants to cars in general, and the well-being of high performance cars in particular, is enormous, but sometimes under-estimated by the consumer.”

TVR ARE BACK! This is the new TVR Griffith, revealed for the first time at the Goodwood Revival and I’m pleased to say that I have an order for an early car as a future Shmeemobile! What do you think?

The British marque came under new ownership 4 years ago and is back now with the resurrection of the Griffith name; a car focused on driver engagement with a naturally aspirated V8, manual gearbox, rear wheel drive and a host of trick technologies. Developed in partnership with Gordan Murray Design and Cosworth; it’s powered by a 5.0l V8 with 500PS and weights just 1250kg with the iStream chassis. Top speed is in excess of 200mph and the sprint to 60mph comes in sub-4; it’s fast! The design is iconic TVR with side-exit exhausts, touches that come from their history but a modernised and completed look. The man in charge, Les Edgar, assures also that this is a new company and therefore reliability will be in a new league.

I have a deposit placed via the lovely folks at Top Cats Racing, due for an early car in early 2019 (or late 2018 if I’m lucky) and honestly, I cannot wait! This is designed as a purist driving machine, it’s an iconic British manufacturer, and I’m very excited for their journey.

Thanks for watching, Tim


Brad Darby shares some pro’s and con’s of the TVR Tuscon S, for people who are looking to purchase one.

TVR has finally shown first glimpses of the styling of its hotly anticipated all-new model. Due to arrive in late 2017, almost 400 deposits have already been taken for the new car which may bring with it the return of the famous Griffith name. Subscribe to Autocar now:

The car will use a Cosworth V8 that has been engineered to produce ample mid-range torque and more than 400bhp. It’s expected to be capable of accelerating to 60mph in less than four seconds, and will be priced from about £65,000, though the launch car will be a special edition priced considerably higher than the regular car which follows; TVR owner Les Edgar says it will be “sub-£100,000”.

TVR has also confirmed that a convertible will join the range with TVR owner Les Edgar saying the model has been designed from the beginning to accommodate an open-roof version.

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Richard Hammond and Ginny Buckley put three of the finest roadsters to the test – the Honda S2000, Porsche Boxster and the TVR Chimera. They highlight each of the car’s unique features, before concluding which is the best value for money.

Just a little Q&A on why I bought a TVR 350i ‘Wedge’.


I recently bought a 1987 TVR 350i ‘Wedge’, and I thought I’d answer some of your questions about it.
Please help me out by giving your view on whether or not I should get rid of ‘3046’ from my ‘AdamC3046’ username.

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Link to recommended video:

TVR is Back – a motoring film by Paul Woodford.

Few iconic car badges enjoy the passion, the following and the loyalty of TVR. So the news that TVR is set to return in 2017, complete with star designer and big name engine builder was always going to go down well.

In this film, motoring presenter, Paul Woodford shares his journey into the world of TVR, discovering the cars, the people and the stories that make up this revered British badge.

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Thanks for watching – if cars are your life, this is dedicated to you.


The soundtrack for this film is by the brilliant Ross Bugden – check out his Youtube channel for royalty free music and on Twitter @RossBugden.


I drove nine hours to Canada to check out one of the only TVR Tuscans in North America. Here’s a tour of its bizarre traits.

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John Slattery gives us a review of three, 2003 model, performance sports cars – a Porsche Boxster S, a Lotus Elise 111-S, and a TVR Tamora, taking a look at their performance and handling, their styling, as well as seeing how practical they are.

Here I am being being treated to a overview and passenger ride in my friends TVR Griffith 500. He calls it the ‘Death Sled’ and you can see why in this video…
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Follow the journey from when Martin Lilley took over TVR in 1965 to create the M Series after his name on board our road legal HSCC 70s Roadsports Championship prepared TVR 3000M. A full review of this car can be found at