Storied British sportscar maker TVR is in the midst of a revival – and this time, hopefully, it’s one that will stick. The company, now partnered with South African race car designer Gordon Murray and British automotive engineering outfit Cosworth, is set to pull the curtains off the first all-new sportscar to come about from the company’s current arrangement.
The new TVR sports coupe, whose name has not yet been released, will debut just ahead of the annual Goodwood Revival in England this Friday. It won’t be doing any driving at the event, but TVR says it’s a fully-functional, production-friendly prototype nonetheless, with a 5.0-liter Ford Coyote V8 with Cosworth tuning under the hood and a Tremec Magnum XL 6-speed to back it up. Dry weight will reportedly hover right around 1,200 to 1,250 kilograms (2,650 to 2,750 pounds), and the marque is chasing a power-to-weight ratio of around 400 bhp per metric ton, implying that the tuned motor could make 480 or more horsepower.
The new TVR is expected to remain somewhat attainable – at least compared to sportscars in the same performance class – with the launch edition costing less than £90k (about $117k US).
For sportscar enthusiasts and the TVR faithful, the stakes could hardly be higher; the consortium of millionaires that currently owns the storied British sportscar marque has promised nothing less than an earnest, lasting revival of the brand, and this forthcoming model is the litmus test. We’ll be watching closely.