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Old 12-03-2007, 12:58 PM
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TVR Griffith 1991-2002

Brief History

The TVR Griffith, later models being referred to as the Griffith 500, was a sports car designed and built by TVR starting in 1991 and ending in 2002.

Like its forerunner namesakes, the Griffith 200 and Griffith 400, the modern Griffith was a light weight (1048 kg), fiberglass bodied, 2 door, 2 seat convertible with a large V8 engine. Originally it had a 4.0 L 240 hp (179 kW) Rover V8 engine but that could be optionally increased to 4.3 L 280 hp (209 kW) in 1992 with a further option of big valve cylinder heads. Later it was replaced entirely in 1993 with a TVR developed 5 L 340 hp (254 kW) V8 (though still based upon the original Rover V8). All models use a five speed manual transmission.

Many automotive reviewers lamented the Griffith's build quality and difficulty of driving it without laying down black streaks at every start-up, but true enthusiasts do not seem to mind.

Although the Griffith is almost mechanically identical to its sister car, the Chimaera, it is a cleaner body design and was produced in much smaller numbers. As such well-maintained examples command higher prices on the second-hand market.

During it production run, the Griffith offered comparable super car performance at a sports car price. The combination of light weight, high power, and well-balanced chassis make it much sought after by those looking for a car that challenges the driver to bring out its best.

Sources: wikipedia.org, newspress.co.uk
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Old 12-03-2007, 07:48 PM
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yeah it is challening to drive! GT3 and 4 it was tail happy and beastly!
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Old 12-03-2007, 10:17 PM
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Besty indeed. It looks a bit like a bulldog, and they don't look particularly friendly.
As I remember, on GT3 and 4 it had a very deep manly tone.

Was the Griffith the start of the pearlescent type paintjobs? The white seems to have a bit of color change to it, and we all know what TVRs look like nowadays...
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Old 03-13-2009, 06:18 AM
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Does anyone know what the deal is with the "B340 Blackpool" edition of the Griffith? It almost seems like it was created just to include in the Gran Turismo 2 game. I've seen photos of a real car with "B340" decals and the purple rocker covers to match the paint, but I can't find any explanation behind it. How many did they make, and for what markets? Is it in any way different from the standard Griff 500?

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