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TVR Griffith


TVR Griffith

The 1992 Griffith's rounded and smooth shape took over the wedge-shaped TVRs of the 1980s to much public enthusiasm. Underneath it used the ultra-stiff steel backbone chassis which extended to the side sills, with the entire frame being plastic-coated to prevent corrosion. Twin wishbones front and rear created an independent suspension which was a marvel, though the TVR took some taming thanks to a heavy clutch and no power steering at first. Ever-accessible oversteer was just a prod of the throttle away despite a Quaife limited-slip differential used in a beefed-up Sierra rear housing. The latest tune of Rover V8 up front was by then sporting (in the 1993 Griffith 500) over double the original engine's 1960's output and an equally spectacular torque figure. Cleverly, the motor was mounted far back in the chassis to provide a near equal front/rear weight distribution.

TVR Griffith Specifications

Top speed:161 mph (258 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):4.3 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:305 ci (4,997 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:340 bhp (253 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
Max torque:351 lb ft (475 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight:2,370 lb (1,077 kg)
Economy:13.1 mpg (4.6 km/I)
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