The TVR Sagaris made its debut at the MPH03 Motor Show in 2003 although initially it was far more extreme in its styling concept than the production cars turned out to be. Nevertheless it was widely acclaimed by the TVR interested public.
The pre-production model was then shown at the 2004 Birmingham Motorshow and finally in March 2005 the production model was released for public sale. This was later than planned as TVR had held back production whilst it raised a number of quality issues and when the TVR Sagaris finally made it through to the end customer it revealed what a fabulous all round sports car the Sagaris had become.
Few cars look as dramatic as the TVR Sagaris. While motorsport is never far from TVR designer’s and engineer’s minds, the rigorous demands of the endurance racing arena were one of the foremost priorities in the design of the Sagaris.
It has been designed to be the ultimate racing car for the road. Now it is possible to know what it feels like to drive a Le Mans car every day. Every scoop, every cut out added to the most extraordinary dramatic lines on today's roads. This has to be the most dramatic road racer ever, even by today’s standards.
The TVR Sagaris is based upon the well proven T350 C and was initially conceived as the racing variant of the T350 C. Originally it was to have been called the T350 R but when the engine was confirmed as being that of the mighty Tuscan S the model designation would have logically become T400 R. This would have then caused confusion with the T400 R/T440 R. At this stage TVR decided to revert back to model names and the TVR Sagaris and TVR Typhon were born.
The name Sagaris follows on from the mythological theme that was carried through a number of the earlier cars. The Sagaris was a lightweight battle axe used by the Scythians which was feared for its ability to scythe through the armour of their enemies. No doubt the TVR Sagaris scythes through the opposition on the roads in a very similar manner!
The Sagaris is propelled by the same 4 litre 400 bhp engine as the Tuscan S. It is docile in town where it can burble along at low speeds in high gears. When you press your right foot into the carpet you are pushed authoritatively back into the seat, as the engine howls its way to a redline close to 8000 rpm. Statistics can be dramatic: 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds certainly is!
'Lightweight' is a much talked about concept by car manufacturers but rarely achieved. Thanks to its rigid tubular steel chassis and extremely light composite bodywork, the Sagaris weighs in at just over a tonne. With low drag and downforce producing aerodynamic features at both the front and rear of the car, the styling of the Sagaris works as well as it looks.
Where the TVR Sagaris excels over all other TVRs is in the road holding and general handling where significant changes had been made. TVR spent a long time in conjunction with Bilstein, the shock absorber company, analysing the suspension set up of the TVR Speed Six cars and made a number of changes to the TVR Sagaris. The TVR Sagaris has increased wheel track over other Speed Six cars and this has been created by both lengthening the wishbones and changing the pickup points where these wishbones meet the chassis. This changes the whole suspension geometry setup and allows the car to be extremely stable on the road and gives the best turn in of any of the current range of TVRs.
Given that in the Sagaris of 2005 TVR had produced its finest vehicle it was ironic that the company was to go into administration in late 2006. The TVR Sagaris really was the culmination of many years of TVR design and sports car building skills and it is a great loss to British car manufacture that this charismatic marque no longer exists.
The TVR Sagaris is the ultimate final statement from TVR and embodies everything that was truly special about the Blackpool manufacturer.
In 2008 TVR showed a TVR Sagaris 2 which was apparently due to go back into production but this car has since vanished from public view.