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Triumph TR8

Triumph TR8

In the same way that British Leyland (BL) livened up the MGB by fitting a V8, so the Triumph TR7 was improved with one. The TR7 appeared in 1975 but with the 122ci (2-liter) only producing 92bhp (69kW). In the US market, for which the TR8 was intended, the car needed more power. To satisfy demand, British Leyland slotted in their Rover V8, which was all-aluminium, so weighed a similar amount to the four-cylinder TR7 engine. The new car used MacPherson strut front and a four-link rear suspension which improved handling over the TR6 model. The spring rates were slightly too soft, giving more of a leisurely touring ride quality than firm sportscar feel, but there was no doubt about performance, as the V8 made the car 12 seconds quicker to 100mph (160km/h) than the 2-liter. Due to BL strike and production delays it was two years late, never making the impact it should have.

Triumph TR8 Specifications

Top speed:120 mph (192 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):8.4 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:215 ci (3,528 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:148 bhp (110 kW) @ 5,100 rpm
Max torque:180 lb ft (243 Nm) @ 3,250 rpm
Weight:2,620 lb (1,190 kg)
Economy:20 mpg (7.1 km/I)
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