The TR7 changed perceptions of Triumph's previously macho TR sports car range. Designed by Harris Mann, who also penned the disastrous Austin Allegro and BL Princess, it had controversial wedge-shaped lines that you either loved or hated, while unlike previous TRs it was offered at launch as a fixed-head coupe only. Power came from a 2.0-liter slant-four engine, but although Triumph had fitted the first 16-valve cylinder head to this engine in the Dolomite Sprint, the TR7 got an eight-valve unit instead as the 16v wouldn't fit underneath the steeply raked front end. Early cars were badly built and much criticised, but a far better looking convertible model finally arrived in 1979. The following year, the TR8, powered by the venerable alloy Rover V8 engine, was introduced for the American market, but it was too late to rescue flagging sales, and the TR7 died a year later.
Triumph TR7 Specifications
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