British sportscar-manufacturer TVR is back from the brink of death, and in fact, has already sold out its rather small 250-unit allocation of 2017 TVR sportscars, even before journalists or potential buyers know quite what form the two new models will take.
Granted, we do have some inkling of what the unnamed 2017 TVR models might look like, thanks to a rendered teaser image distributed by the automaker to future customers. The rendering is based off of one done by the folks at the UK’s Autocar, and can be seen on that outlet’s website.
Furthermore, we know a few mechanical details. According to Autocar, the 2017 TVR sportscar models will both be lightweight two-seaters, each available as either a coupe or a convertible, with 6-speed manual transmissions. The cars will share a front-mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, most likely with a slight rearward weight bias, and both will be powered by a Cosworth-tuned V8.
A Cosworth V8 of what origin? We’re not sure, but Autocar suggests that the most likely powerplant candidate for the new 2017 TVR models is a version of the same 5.0-liter Coyote V8 powering the Ford Mustang GT. The engine makes about 415 bhp in its European configuration – a number which Autocar expects to climb to 450 or more after Cosworth is through coaxing out more performance. It’s expected that a set of side outlets toward the front of the new models will exhaust spent gases, allowing for a smooth, flat-bottomed chassis.
We can’t wait to see these two 2017 TVR sportscar models in their final form, each hopefully powered by a potent, Cosworth-tuned Ford V8. Stay tuned.