The TVR Tamora was the entry level convertible in the new generation of TVR's using the TVR Speed 6 power unit. It was created to follow on the from the very popular TVR Chimaera and Griffith convertibles which had ceased production in 2002. In the same way that the Chimaera was engineered to be a more accessible sister to the Griffith, so the Tamora is based on the Tuscan Speed Six, whose platform it shares. The TVR Tamora was produced from late 2002 and was the base for the TVR T350 which was effectively the coupe version although the styling was noticeably different. Production of the TVR Tamora started in 2002 and ran through to the last models being registered in 2006.
The TVR Tamora and T350 were only supplied with the 3.6 litre version of the TVR Speed Six whereas the TVR Tuscan had access to both the 3.6 and 4.0 litre variants of the TVR Speed Six engine.
The Tamora grew in popularity due to its style, flair, performance and affordability. With more conservative styling than the Tuscan and more recognisable TVR styling cues, the Tamora had been designed to be less extreme and indeed simpler in some aspects than the Tuscan. For example, the car is a full convertible with the roof mechanism being the acclaimed “stowable” hard-top design from the Griffith and Chimaera. The covered headlights and clean lines have echoes of Griffith and Chimaera but are more modern in their design.
It's with the Tamora interior where the stylists and engineers have surpassed themselves with a multi-function digital display, shift lights and two analogue dials for quick glance down viewing of speed and engine revs. There are two leather trimmed race-style bucket seats made out of lightweight composites to hold the driver and passenger in place and a floor mounted pedal box which is located through to the chassis. The window mechanism is of the Tuscan/Cerbera generation in that the window will slide up into the seal for less wind noise at speed.
The TVR Tamora was to go on to provide the foundation for the fastback design TVR T350, and this ultimately led to the awesome TVR Sagaris which reached the market in 2005.