The quintessential automotive equivalent of the British Bulldog is back! In a statement issued by the English carmaker recently, TVR will return in 2017 with a completely new sports car. Said model will be the first of four new models that will be launched over the next decade, so says TVR.

While exact specifications surrounding said car remain murky (TVR states either a coupe or convertible), the limited bits of info divulged read like a car enthusiast’s manifesto – two seats, a naturally-aspirated V8 engine up front, rear-wheel drive, manual transmission and “incredible value for money.”

Leading the rebirth will be chairman Les Edgar (pictured above, left), who purchased the company from Nikolai Smolensky in 2013. While that name may not ring as many bells in the automotive circle as of yet, Edgar’s partners in crime will most certainly do. Contracted to undertake the engineering aspect of the new car is Gordon Murray Design – yes, that Gordon Murray responsible for the McLaren F1.


Via Murray’s firm, the new TVR sports car is expected to feature a “composite ground effect aero chassis and body package” – derived from Murray’s ingenious iStream manufacturing technology. Said process employs the use of a glass-matrix resin, cured under low temperature and pressure. The iStream process is said to significantly lower the cost and time of manufacturing a monocoque.

So while Murray provides the body, engineering firm, Cosworth, will provide the thrust. The firm is reportedly working on a dry-sumped, naturally-aspirated V8 engine to slot underneath the bonnet of the upcoming coupe/convertible. The car, and its subsequent stablemates, will be assembled at a new facility located in the UK, according to TVR’s release.


“A new TVR has to be better than just good – it has to be outstanding. From the outset we only wanted to work with the best partners in the business, and both Gordon Murray’s and Cosworth’s track records within motorsport and high performance car design and engineering speak for themselves,” said Edgar.

When it debuts in 2017, expect it to be priced “at a competitive price point within its segment and consistent with TVR’s positioning in the past.” Should it really hold true to TVR’s past principles, the motoring public will be in for a treat in the form of a no-nonsense, mechanically-simple sports car. Where do we sign up?

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