Vijay Pattni25 November 2011

TVR is back!

Blackpool’s finest returns with 6.2-litre V8, but you’ll never guess how much one costs…

There was more good news for fans of overpriced, hairy-chested, rear-wheel-drive sportscars this week as TVR emerged from the wastelands and revealed a new price list.

The tumultuous days of the company appear to have been set aside as current owner, Russian millionaire Nikolai Smolensky, announced plans to restart production in the UK. And (deep breath), it'll cost ya'.

Prices for the brand new TVR Sagaris, Tuscan Convertible, Tuscan Mk II, Cerbera, Chimaera and Griffith all start at £99,600, and are built "on order to the individual specification of the customer".

That does however, include a 6.2-litre Chevy V8 putting out 426bhp and 420lb ft of torque, a limited slip diff, some air conditioning, central locking, leather, a stainless steel exhaust system and a Radio CD with USB. USB! In a TVR! It'll be fitting ABS and traction control next.

TVR will also upgrade your existing TVR - if it still works, that is - to the new 6.2-litre V8 for up to £36,000, including new dampers, a reinforced gearbox/diff/driveshaft, ECU and re-trim. They'll also source you a used TVR if you really want to pay less than £100,000.

Says TVR:" Everybody here is very busy making this the success that TVR deserves after some years of not having produced any cars."

But at what cost? We don't need to tell you what kind of company £100,000 puts you in, but at a glance, you're looking at a Porsche 911 Turbo, a Jaguar XKR-S, an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, a Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG...

Would you? Could you? Should you? We've always been big fans of TVRs here on Top Gear. A thorn in the side of the nanny state. But my, what an expensive thorn it has become...

Video: Jeremy tests the TVR Sagaris

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