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TVR Chimaera

TVR Chimaera

The 1993 Chimaera was built as a milder version of the Griffith, but was still a formidable roadster thanks to the lightweight construction. It used a steel backbone chassis with side rails to provide impact protection which was strong and transmitted no cowl shake. Wishbone suspension was used front and rear as were four-wheel discs brakes, but the handling was good, thanks to 50:50 weight distribution, achieved by setting the engine well back. The steering was, like other TVRs, a very quick rack and pinion. The engine was a developed version of Rover's all-aluminium V8, and TVR modified theirs by increasing the compression ratio to 9.8:1, then mapping their own engine management to help power delivery. By 1995 there was a 305ci (5-liter) version of the Chimaera available, which took power up to 340bhp (253kW) and the 0-60mph (0-95km/h) down to 4.1 seconds.

TVR Chimaera Specifications

Top speed:158 mph (253 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):5.2 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:241 ci (3,950 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:240 bhp (179 kW) @ 5,250 rpm
Max torque:270 lb ft (366 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight:2,260 lb (1,027 kg)
Economy:23 mpg (8.2 km/I)
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