Hammond drives the icons: TVR Tuscan S
Alpha-plus male? Check. Stunning trophy girl? Check. Bag of spanners? Er, check...
Posted: 12 Jul 2012
This one does not benefit from a V8's bellow; it features, as the name suggests, a six-cylinder engine. Specifically, a straight-six, half of the V12 featured in the Cerbera Speed 12. While the straight-six is the quintessential British sports car engine format, it had fallen out of favour through the Nineties because they couldn't be mounted sideways without ending up with a car 20 feet wide.
TVR stuck with the straight-six format, though mounted longitudinally, because it allows for perfect balance. It also sounds wonderful. Maybe precisely because it isn't the predictable V8 burble and roar, the straight-six's mechanical clatter suggests a pragmatism and sincerity that might be lacking in the more flamboyant Vs, be they eight or 12 in number.