The new TVR roadster will use a Corvette engine to save on homologation and development costs. Full details inside.
New details have emerged about the next-generation TVR.
In an interview with Autocar, TVR's owner, Nikolai Smolenski, said the car will use a Corvette engine to save on homologation and development costs. As he explained, "We looked at every engine available - including making our own - and decided that the Corvette was the most powerful off-the-shelf design going. Fitting it to our chassis allows us to meet all current regulations and is not too big a step." While he didn't specify which engine would be used, the Corvette has a 430 hp (321 kW / 436 PS) LS3 V8, a 505 hp (377 kW / 512 PS) LS7 V8, and a 638 hp (476 kW / 647 PS) supercharged LS9 V8.
The new car will be a convertible with styling inspired by the Tuscan. It will ride on a steel chassis (with a fully-independent suspension) and be priced against the Corvette.
Further down the road, TVR will likely introduce a hybrid concept. According to Smolenski, "I always wanted an automatic model, but the chassis wouldn't allow either a regular auto or an automated manual. The hybrid concept would allow us to kick out the conventional gearbox completely."