As TVR returns with a brand new Griffith, here’s the time Top Gear magazine tested the original TVR Tuscan, way back in 2005…
Just what is it about the Tuscan? Five years old now and still it sets the pulse racing. Maybe it’s the ever-present threat of unprovoked oversteer, or maybe it’s the ability to knock sleeping birds from their branches with a touch of the starter button. It’s brash, it’s British, it’s sexy, it’s plastic. And now, so they say, it’s better.
This is the Tuscan Mk2. Subtly restyled outside, but more seriously fettled within. Beneath the watchful gaze of TVR’s new 20-something Russian owner, Nikolai Smolenski, this is the first of a new breed of cars that, while true to the company’s hardcore roots, promises to be a bit more user-friendly.
This feature was originally published in issue 193 of Top Gear magazine, in 2005