A manual transmission TVR is going to be a ball to drive, challenges notwithstanding

It’s been almost 20 years since TVR launched a sports car. Think about how long that’s been. A generation’s worth of gearheads know TVR as nothing but a fragment of days gone by, not realizing that one point in time, it was the creator of some of the most exciting British sports cars to hit the streets. Since the launch of the Tuscan in 1999, TVR has trudged through the mud of mediocrity, collapsing into administration in 2006 through numerous ownership changes. Fast forward to this year and things are finally looking up for TVR as it’s on course to present its first production sports car in 18 years. The car still doesn’t have an official name (it’s codenamed “T37”), but if recent teaser photos are any indication, the name can come later. What’s important is the car is set to make its debut at the Goodwood Revival this coming September.

TVR has released a number of revealing information about the car, but in true automotive fashion, it’s kept most of the details under wraps, opting to release a handful of teasers of the model, including this one featuring the sports car’s manual transmission. It’s admittedly not much to go by in the way of deciphering the car’s design, but the revelation of it coming with a manual transmission means that customers will have to make good use of their driving skills if they hope to drive the car up to its full potential.

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Teasers don’t reveal much, but who cares, really

The TVR T37 Sports Car Will Get A Manual Transmission, Or So This Teaser Shows Interior
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The latest teaser is the first time we get a peek at its interior, and while it doesn’t show the whole cabin, we are treated to a revealing look at a short and stocky manual gear lever sitting comfortably at the base of the center console.

Give credit to TVR for this much: its choice of teaser photo is pretty interesting. We’ve seen three of them over the course of three months and we’re still no closer to figuring out what the car is going to look like. The latest teaser is the first time we get a peek at its interior, and while it doesn’t show the whole cabin, we are treated to a revealing look at a short and stocky manual gear lever sitting comfortably at the base of the center console. Look closer and you’ll see three round knobs on the console and what appear to be switches on the opposite end of the transmission, just in front of the center storage compartment. I’m tempted to think that those switches will be for something completely race-centric, which makes the car even more intriguing than it already is.

It certainly helps, too, that the previous teaser photos show some unconventional details about the T37. The exhausts, for example, appear to be located on the side section of the car. It’s not exactly a ground-breaking feature since we’ve seen cars with similar configurations, including the old-school Corvettes and the Dodge Viper. It’s unusual but it’s been done before, too. In some ways, it adds to the uniqueness of the Gordon Murray-designed T37 that it has a subtle feature like this that very few of its rivals have, especially now that the Viper is headed to FCA’s woodshed.

2018 TVR Griffith Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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note: teaser photo of the TVR T37’s side exhaust

As far as its front profile is concerned, TVR already teased this section of the sports car, and based on first impressions, it looks really good. I especially like how the design seems to have been inspired by its rivals, yet still maintains something outwardly original about it. I know there’s not much to look at given how dark the teaser is, but stare at it long enough, and you’ll start to see elements of the Jaguar F-Pace in there. It may be the shape of the headlights or how the lighting and shadow-play work in highlighting certain sections of the car and keeping others in the dark. Whatever the case may be, the TVR T37 is looking like a proper sports car.

2018 TVR Griffith Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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note: teaser photo of the TVR T37’s front profile

Speaking of which, it’s not surprising that TVR is keeping the sports car’s name under wraps this close to its world debut. It’s a well-placed strategy that helps add intrigue to the model while also adds momentum ahead of its much-hyped unveiling. That said, a report back in May 2017 revealed that TVR had trademarked the name “Griffin,” which could very well end up being the name of this model. It’s not completely unfounded either since the company has used the Griffith name in the past, most recently on the two-door convertible that ran from 1991 to 2002. If the rebirth of TVR is all about tapping into the nostalgia of its past while also looking ahead to the future, it makes sense to use a name that fans of the brand are familiar with.

The TVR Griffith certainly fits that mold. It’s also a good name for a car that will receive a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that’s tipped to produce close to 500 horsepower, more than enough to send serious notice to cars like the Porsche 911 and the Jaguar F-Type. TVR also announced that the T37 – should we start calling it Griffith now? – will weigh no heavier than 1,200 kilos (2,645 pounds) and when combined with the expected output, the car will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds on its way to hitting a top speed of 200 mph.

References

2018 TVR T37

2018 TVR Griffith Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our speculative review on the TVR T37.

2003 TVR Sagaris

2003 TVR Sagaris
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Read our full review on the 2003 TVR Sagaris.

Press release

In its 70thanniversary year, TVR celebrates a glorious heritage as a new era dawns for the great British marque
The new TVR promises uncompromised quality, precisely engineered for performance, safety, reliability and efficient manufacturing
New cars to be assembled by hand with exacting quality standards
TVR to unveil its new car to the public at the Goodwood Revival on 8th,9thand 10th September

9 August 2017: In the year that sees TVR celebrate its 70th anniversary, the company will proudly reveal a new sports car that takes engineering excellence to a new level for the iconic manufacturer. The new TVR, to be unveiled to the public at the Goodwood Revival Earls Court Motor Show, delivers an all-British design with outstanding integrity, rigidity, reliability and quality.

Founded in 1947 by Trevor Wilkinson, the company first developed its own chassis in 1949. Various model launches followed, including the iconic Grantura and the legendary V8 Griffith, which won acclaim during the 1950s and 1960s. It was during this period that TVRs also first began to appear on track, starting a motorsport heritage that continued for several decades, including several factory entries at Le Mans. With too many iconic models to list, and a genuinely dedicated following of enthusiasts, the anticipation for the new car is understandably extremely high.

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Les Edgar, chairman of TVR says: "On the 70th birthday of our marque, we are entering a new era with a precisely engineered car that delivers exhilarating performance on road and track, as well as everything discerning customers expect of a car intended for everyday use."

The TVR team has worked tirelessly on the development of the new TVR, alongside the specialist engineering team at Gordon Murray Design. The absolute priority has been to develop a car that is a masterpiece of engineering excellence, with every aspect of it designed to be class leading in its strength, reliability and functionality, yet simultaneously extremely lightweight and high performance in every way.

Gordon Murray says : "We developed the new TVR as a product that builds on all the magic and excitement of our hand-crafted British motor cars of yesteryear. We combined this with a most rigorous engineering and assembly process design to ensure outstanding consistency, build quality and reliability."

The new car will be revealed in September with only a limited number of the Launch Edition vehicles still available for purchase. Existing customers who have already ordered the Launch Edition participated in a series of private previews earlier in the year, where the response was nothing less than rapturous.

Les Edgar: "Even some of the most sophisticated supercars end up with the look and feel of homogeneous, industrial, mass-produced vehicles. Here at TVR, we chose to take a route that allows us to deliver a unique, hand-crafted and genuinely bespoke car ."

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