Ahh, the wonderfully bonkers TVR Sagaris...
TVR is a legend in the sports car world. Unfortunately, like most legends, it’s been dead a long time. And instead of leaving it cold and underground, people keep trying to bring it back.
Things looked rosy after its Russian buyout in 2004, but since the umpteenth bankruptcy in 2006, TVR hasn’t made a new car. Old Sagaris models have been re-engineered with American V8s, and there’s been a revival attempt featuring a new Griffith, and a factory that doesn’t exist. But nothing fresh you can actually buy. Yet.
Every few years, a carmaker plunges headlong into this void with its own relatively affordable, hairy-chested, no-nonsense sports car, promising to harness the TVR magic but avoid the pesky financial oblivion. And in almost every case, it’s tanked. Bombed. Sunk without trace in Porsche-infested waters.
Why is that? Why does anything that tries to do a TVR’s job – even TVR itself – dissolve on contact with the public? Let’s investigate the candidates.