TVR Tuscan 4.0. 2004 For Sale. Year: 2004. Price: SOLD
TVR Tuscan 4.0. 2004 SOLD
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"The TVR Tuscan was designed to be a convertible in which two people and their luggage could go on holiday for a month with creature comforts like air conditioning and power steering. A sensible enough brief. But, with the car weighing little more than 1000KG and packing 400BHP in Tuscan S guise, the Tuscan is another product of the sense of humour that served up the ‘practical, young family-man’s Cerbera’ with a full-house racing engine…
The Tuscan, with looks to make pedestrians walk into lamp posts and a sound track that sends pets running for shelter, had one of the longest gestation periods of any current TVR.
Peter Wheeler and TVR’s stylists, led by Damien McTaggert, took two years sculpting this future classic. By hand. Shapes this complex are simply beyond computer modelling. Wash a Tuscan by hand and you re-trace the path taken by the stylists’ hands. Their passion is palpable.
Many of the features that make the Tuscan look so extraordinary are there for sound engineering reasons. For instance, the unusual bonnet arrangement, whereby the main piece of the bonnet is bolted to the car, is to duct airflow very precisely. The panel is lightly stressed but since it does not have to hinge, it can be made very light to save weight. The bonnet and boot shutlines show off the Tuscan’s shape to best advantage but they make the boot aperture large enough to store the roof across the top of the boot interior.
The roof and rear window can each be removed and both sit perfectly across the top of the cavernous boot, barely impacting on the luggage space. You can see where and how two years of fettling was exhausted: the Tuscan is beautifully resolved.
The styling of the car is suggestive of its Speed Six engine – only an inline six could sit under that long bonnet contour. In the Tuscan, a 350BHP 3.6LITRE is used and in the Tuscan S, an even more potent 400BHP 4.0LITRE version.
The all aluminium Speed Six engine is the first time a TVR has featured a four valves per cylinder head. At high rpm, the greater valve area improves volumetric efficiency. This implies that the engine needs revving to perform but the use of finger followers gives higher valve accelerations to increase torque. The result is an engine with a broad repertoire. The Speed Six motor is docile in town where it can burble along at low speeds in high gears. But press your right foot into the carpet and you will find yourself pressed authoritatively back into your seat, a vivid reminder that this engine has won races.
The Speed Six uses chain-driven twin overhead camshafts for quietness and reliability. It features a dry sump – like all racing TVRs – so the engine can sit low in the chassis and avoid the oil surge problems normally associated with a long sump. The engine is canted over 15 degree, to further lower its centre of gravity. Internally, the engine features forged steel connecting rods, slipper style lightweight pistons, thin wall cylinder liners and a fully counterweighted nodular iron crankshaft. It’s a tough engine.
The Tuscan chassis is based on that of the Cerbera, shortened by 200MM, to match the dimensions of the Tuscan Challenge racing cars. Like the engine, the chassis is capable of making the paradigm shift from ‘just cruising’ to ‘cruise missile’ at the instruction of your right foot thanks to an excellent balance between ride and razor-sharp handling." Source: TVR Press Information. TVR Website November 2005.
TVR Tuscan II
"No other car engenders a sense of occasion quite like the Tuscan. Every journey in this spectacular car is unique and memorable, to which the attention it attracts, first by its low snarl and then by its anomalous design, gives glowing testimony.
The mark II Tuscan is the latest evolution of this legendary TVR. Stunning new lightweight composite bodywork. Luxurious new leather interior. Sophisticated new handling set-up. Same earth-shaking power-to-weight ratio.
Clothing one of the most substantial rollcages and chassis in the industry, the new bodywork has been designed to provide downforce for high-speed stability as well as head-turning looks. The new interior cossets its two occupants in seats trimmed in the finest hides, while there is room in the cavernous boot for two sets of golf clubs and luggage, even with the targa roof stowed.
With the newest development of the same straight six engine that propelled TVR to strong finishes in the grueling 24 hour race at Le Mans, the Tuscan out-performs the competition, while suspension geometry, chassis and steering developments make it even easier to drive than ever before.
Every wave and scoop in the curvaceous body of the Tuscan serves a practical purpose: the outlets in the bonnet serve as low pressure exits for the hot air from the radiator; the gurney above the bootlid and the splitter under the front grille jointly create downforce over both axles; and the low, swooping lip cuts through the air to help the Tuscan reach its ultimate potential.
The range-topping Tuscan S features a handling set-up and a phenomenal 380 bhp four-litre engine aimed more at the most sporting drivers, as well as a motorsport derived aerodynamic package. The S version rockets to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and continues to storm to a break-neck top speed.
The mighty Tuscan now comes in the form of a spectacular new convertible, described in the press as being so luxurious it must have escaped the resistance of TVR's accountants to get into production. It couples all of the breathtaking performance of the targa Tuscan with the exhilaration of driving a top-down sports car.
Its functionality has been completely redesigned as an original convertible, rather than simply a coupe with its roof taken off. And no expense has been spared in ensuring the progression of its pedigree. From the astonishing enhancements to its handling, to its remodelled new interior, this is close to motoring utopia.
Yet its elegant and sophisticated form belies its almighty agenda. Hidden beneath its sleek skin is a monstrously powerful beast that purrs when you want it to, and roars when you tell it to. The Tuscan convertible is a paradox: there is a charming courtliness to this brutish Bohemian." Source: TVR Website September 2006.
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