TVR V8 S. 1992 For Sale. Year: 1992. Price: SOLD
TVR S Series
Production: 1987 to 1994. Models: TVR S, TVR ES, TVR S2, TVR S3, TVR S3C, TVR S4C, TVR V8S.
The first all-new model after Peter Wheeler took over at the helm, the S featured a retro-look reminiscent of the 3000S of 1978-9. Featuring the same Ford 2.8-litre V6 Cologne engine, the significantly cheaper S effectively replaced the 280i as the entry level TVR. Although at first glance visually similar to the 3000S, the only parts in common with the earlier car were reputed to be the exterior door handles. In 1986 when the car was launched, retro-styling was very uncommon but the car was an instant success. This was no doubt more a result of the lower price than the styling, as it created a wider market for TVR. As a result, in the year following the launch, the S was responsible for the factory doubling its output. For the first time, the now customary TVR roof design of a hard fixed section and a folding rear section were incorporated. The interior was completely different to the 280i/350i. Although the price of the car was cheaper, this was mainly due to fewer man-hours needed to build an S, and not due to corners being cut. In 1988 the 2.9-litre V6 engine replaced the 2.8-litre unit, a necessary change as Ford changed their model range to use the larger engine and supplies of the earlier engine stopped. An advantage of the newer engine was its ability to use unleaded fuel, and a catalytic converter was optional. The fascia was completely redesigned soon afterwards, and this endured until the end of production. The most significant development was the fitting of a 240bhp 4.0-litre V8 engine in 1991. This used a revised chassis which was originally intended for the Griffith, and necessitated a large hump in the bonnet to clear the V8's plenum chamber. Performance was sensational, only slightly less than the subsequent Griffith and Chimaera, but once these had established their fabulous reputation, the V8S was less popular and production of the S series ceased, after six years in total.
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