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Monday 23rd December 2002

Driven: T350C

We sample a spanking new T350C. The signs are good!


TVR's T350C is hitting the streets already, only two months after its debutat the British Motor Show. Three dealer cars were delivered today including thisblack model to Hawthorns TVR in Farnham, Surrey.

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As expected it's a car that looks even better in the real world than perchedon a motor show stand. Its squat, low appearance is not dissimilar to that of aPorsche 911's, but with a roofline more akin to early Aston Martins. It's thatroofline that makes it such a beautiful car. In these days of edgy styling, thelaunch of a car that is made up of beautiful curves atop a muscular body issomething to celebrate.

Inside the T350C, much of the trim is shared with the Tamora with the obviousexception of the boot. That capacious area is accessed by a glass rear windowmounted on some very stylish aluminium hinges at the top. Access is obtained bypressing the rear TVR badge and lifting the glass.

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Inside the boot is the lever for opening the fuel filler cap. This is anotherunique piece of TVR styling, with the opening flush to the body until the leveris pulled. That rotates the cover out of the way revealing the opening to thetank. A toolkit is also located neatly in the rear panel.

Sounds Good

With the engine running, it's apparent the work that has gone into theexhaust system. The Speed Six engine might be a smooth unit but the rapid burbleand rortyness to be sampled from behind is an indication of its intent. We can'twait to hear it in full song.

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Driving away in the T350C, the first thing that strikes you is the rigidityof the car. With a full cage of tubular steel surrounding you, the car is stiffin a manner that most people won't have sampled outside of a race car. Thatrigidity doesn't mean a harsh ride however. It's a firm ride, but even withthose gorgeous 18" wheels, it's a comfortable one.

Noise insulation is good, with a little wind noise from around the A pillars,but it's certainly a lot better than on older models of TVR and cruising at70mph was quite relaxing. The engine noise isn't intrusive either. It's obviousthat there's something a bit special under the bonner in front of you, but itwon't make itself too apparent until you give it some stick.

Gently Does It

Despite wet conditions and a running-in red line of 3,000 rpm (10 miles onthe clock!), it was apparent that this car is going to be tremendous fun. Thechassis and suspension set up is much better developed than theChimaera/Griffith generation and it's the same with the steering. Fingertiplight steering means you can guide the car around with ease, but the wide tyresand tall wheels are still feeding back plenty of information to you. Thethrottle is very light and the engine quite free revving so winding this car upis going to be as much fun as reaching your desired speed.

TVR should be onto a winner with this car. As a sports car, it's got immensepower (around 350bhp), good handling, a communicative chassis and will be adelight to drive on track. As a practical every-day car, it's got plenty ofspace in the boot and it's reasonably quiet to potter about in or cruise at70mph+. Build quality seemed good, with only the fit of the rear screen needinga bit of fettling during the PDI that this car hadn't yet had. We suspect that there will be some minor detailing changes but all in all, it's a great step forward for TVR to produce such a car so soon after its debut.

It's good news so far and we look forward to trying a run-in T350C inearnest.

This car will be taking pride of place in Hawthorns' window over theChristmas break, with the showroom open again in January. Link: www.hawthornstvr.com

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MikeE

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Nice one Rod, good to see the best dealer in the area getting the first T350C demonstrator

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Nigel Lewis

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WOW, looks absolutely fantastic.
Love the alloy hinge brackets on the rear window, they look really stylish.
Please tell me though that the front number plate is just a tempory fix
Carn't wait to see the Targa version.

>> Edited by Nigel Lewis on Monday 23 December 17:39

tjones5420

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As a US living TVR fanatic, I have to say that is quite the best looking TVR since the Griff...

Why they didn't put the fuel filler release on the dash is a bit of a mystery, but I think the word for the car is beautiful. Hopefully Mole Valley will have their demo by Jan 16th when I come over to see the family.... Spencer needs to take me round that roundabout in it !!!

With the current US laws, I'll be able to import one with no problem in 2028 !

Paging PW and Baldrick..... you know you want to bring them over sooner than that don't you....

Merry Christmas

Graham

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Wow there is nothing more to say

theboymoon

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Could someone please pass me a bucket to catch my drool......
offtorobabank
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James

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Looks like Ted enjoyed himself. Just a shame that TVR can't get all of their models out in a reasonable time, or keep their customers informed for that matter....

James

bodo

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Whoah, it absolutely looks the business!
These photos give an additionally new impression compared with the motor-show ones!
What I like is especially that it doesn't look lesser that the bigger/more expensive TVRs!
Can't await to see one in flesh

apache

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time to buy TVR shares methinks

madchef

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Wow - looks mean as a very mean thing that's just chopped the heads of lots of cuddly animals. Thats mean!
I like it.

CraigAlsop

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Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm tasty!

Thom

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I wasn't terribly impressed by the motorshow pictures but these ones are better
Not totally convinced yet though, need to see one in a lighter colour...

apache

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it's nice in a way that the new MG isn't, which is to say it doesn't shout about it's ability like some cars do, very subtle,very menacing

shadowninja

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well done to TVR. the rear looks much nicer in black, too! Can't wait til Mole Valley get one in.

BTW not sure about the open boot. i know sports cars aren't supposed to be practical but at least in previous TVRs you could stash your luggage safely out of sight

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Ballistic Banana

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That looks absolutly stunning especially in Black macking it look very sleek.
Cant wait to hear and see one in the Flesh on the road.

BB

campbell

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I want one of these
What a nice looking car.....look out you 911 owners there is a new car in town.
Well done TVR it look like youve done a proper job

Plotloss

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Very nice!

They've done an absolutely lovely job with that front numberplate.

Looks absolutely stunning in a dark colour, top work Ted!

Matt.

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poct

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It looks and feels like a very smart pair of training shoes can't wait to put them on and go sprinting.

Phil O

HarryW

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That is a seriously good looking motor car

Harry

christof

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very, very nice. can't wait till I get mine!!!

I will be at the factory from January the7th to 9th and I promise to take a lot of pics.

Christof

pwig

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I think they had some Griffith Bonnets left over!
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