Times move on and TVR are moving with them. With the classic Griffith selling in small. numbers it was time to bring in a 21st century model and it's arrived in the shape of the Tamora. In the same way as the Chimaera was introduced as a more practical sibling to the Griffith, now the Tamora has been introduced based on the Speed 6.
Where the Chimaera was more accessible with more luggage space, the Tamora is more accessible in terms of price. Coming in at �36680 (plus delivery of �695) it's over �10,000 cheaper than its big brother.
Despite design influences from the outgoing Griffith and the Tuscan, it's a bold new look for TVR. It's been designed to be less extreme than the Tuscan and simpler. Luckily TVR haven't deserted the useful convertible mechanism seen on the earlier cars with the top panel slotting in the boot and the rear section folding back.
Forgetting the styling for a moment, it's worth taking a look at the mechanical specification. This car is going to be no slouch! Composite bodywork and weight saving construction techniques contribute to the 1000kg weight. Coupled with a 330bhp, 3.6 litre version of TVR's own straight six, the Tamora will do TVR proud in the performance stakes. Whilst this may not satisfy the calls for a cheaper TVR, once again we'll be provided with a car with performance levels akin to cars twice its price.
The Speed Six engine has been further developed and now features a drive by wire throttle, variable length induction trumpets and sequential injection technology. It's a wet sumped version of the engine with belt driven cams and bucket tappets. Coil on plug ignition has been used with knock control which manages the high compression ratio of 11:1. The water pump is electric.
A stainless steel and titanium exhaust takes car of the outlet side. This is the first TVR in many years to feature a single exhaust pipe. TVR assure us that this will give it a sound utterly unique across their range of Speed Six engined cars. Bearing in mind many people fall as much in love with the sounds of these cars as the looks, it's a wise move on TVR's part.
The ride will be 'benign but involving' and is tuned to make the car suitable for every day use. A tasty set of brakes is fitted as standard with ventilated, cross drilled brakes all round (304mm front and 282mm rear).
Although the interior is a pre-production mock-up it's clear that TVR are keen to move on in this department too. A stylish yet simple design, it doesn't mimic the brass and aluminium controls seen in the Tuscan Speed 6. A neat instrument cluster includes analogue rev counter and speedo and a multi-purpose digital display. Tasty little shift lights have also been included. The bucket style seats are similar to race seats with good lateral support. These will also be made from composite materials and then trimmed with leather.
Opinions are always divided when TVR unveil radical new models and this is no exception. No doubt we'll see a few tweaks before the production models arrive but once again, TVR have been bold. If you want to buy a car from a conservative company, there are plenty of others to choose from.