We Demand TVR Back Already In The Name Of Holy Speed!

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Today's awesome Noble M600 Speedster prototype reminded me that we need more fast British cars in our lives. Specifically, very fast ones.

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The biggest selling point of the TVR Cerbera was the same as all TVRs: It was ridiculous speed for the money. Think Z06s, Hellcats, then add some.

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When the £40,000 TVR went against a £177,600 Aston Martin Vantage, a £94,000 Porsche 911 Turbo, a £60,000 Lotus Esprit V8 Turbo, a £60,000 Dodge Viper and an only slightly cheaper Caterham, this is how it played out in a simple drag race:

Yes, that's what we want back. Now, I don't know what's going on in Les Edgar's backyard at the moment, but if you British jalops have any idea, don't hesitate to tell me, because TVR has been gone too long already.

H/T to Jon404!

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TVR will always and forever be my favorite car company, ever since I discovered them in Gran Turismo 1. The Cerbera is the one I dream about most often, and the Sagaris and Typhon serve as excellent Swan Songs for the manufacturer. Those cars made me hopeful, but saddened about the thought of what direction they were going in and how a modern TVR would be.

They were BALLSY; not in an innovative way but certainly in a "fuck convention and rules" manner. That's what made them so insanely great. High power engines, featherweight bodies, ludicrous but beautiful styling inside and out (even in the engine bay), and hilariously illogical layouts for basic functions; door release buttons under the wing mirrors, headlight and wiper functions on the steering wheel a la 458 Italia, AIR VENTS on the steering wheel...what is this? I imagine the thought process was, "Not essential to driving, who cares where the buttons go? Looks cool though right?" Don't forget about their color palette which included all sorts of bright and funky color-shifting hues. Check out the start-up sequence for a TVR whenever you get a chance. It gives me the impression that you're turning on something a little more special than a plain old "car." No one ever did things like this. From what I know the cars are quantifiably junk, but TVR was unapologetic about this because they were TVR. The cars were fast, loud, nimble and sexy and that's all that mattered.


I've never had the privilege of being close to a modern one, but I hear they smell like a glue factory and driving them at highway speeds will cause the bodywork to flutter and rattle. The windshield wipers are ineffective above 60 mph, but I'm sure TVR's justification for that would be, "Well you ought to know better than to drive so fast in the rain!" Their only real focus seemed to be light body, high power, loud engines and great styling. Even a car as big as the Cerbera only weighed 2,500 lbs and you had over 350 bhp to play with. No traction control, no airbags, and no anti-lock brakes in a time when these were all mandatory (someone correct me if I'm wrong...I don't know how the company got around this), no sense of...anything other than what I mentioned just now. TVR was an insane company that was simply incapable of making a normal car. They never struck me as a competitor for BMW, Mercedes, Maserati, Porsche, or even Lotus. They were too uncivilized to fit in with premium brands, but too well-equipped and too powerful to face off with companies like Lotus. The Corvette and Viper (especially the Viper) really are the closest things we have to modern TVRs.

The company is now defunct so maybe this boldness comes at a price, and we'll forever hear rumors of the company coming back in some form or another. However, among the countless independent British sports car manufacturers (or just British car manufacturers in general), TVR held on for a relatively long time which is especially impressive considering that they only built sports cars. Driving a Cerbera V8 is on my bucket list. I'd love to bring one here under the 25-year rule but that just seems like a pipe dream.

God I love TVR.