The TVR Tuscan is a surprising car in many respects. Clearly an out and out sports car it boasts a truly massive boot allowing for touring in comfort whilst not compromising one aspect of its overall performance.
The TVR Tuscan is without doubt a future classic car and whilst like most TVRs it can be a little quirky, ownership of such a charismatic car invariably has major upsides!
Honed in the gruelling arena of endurance racing and in production since 1997, TVR's own Speed Six engine forms the heart of the Tuscan and is what gives the car its exceptional character. Autocar Magazine wrote, "This engine sounds good enough to have its own recording contract? [and] very few, if any, modern engines feel as crisp as this when you blip the throttle."
In the 390 bhp form which propels the 1100 kg Tuscan S, it is sufficient to rocket the car to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of over 195 mph. The engine is mounted in an extremely stiff race-derived chassis of which Car Magazine wrote, "There's no doubt careful damper tuning has found more wet traction than a car with this much power, and this little weight over the rear tyres, has a right to expect." The Tuscan's ability to stop has not been left to chance either and, when Autocar tested it, they said, "On the track the brakes pulled the car down from 60 mph to rest in 2.5 seconds, as fast as any car we've ever tested."
The TVR Tuscan has one major claim to fame insofar as it was chosen as the vehicle for the 2001 film Swordfish. In it a TVR Tuscan was used by the stars John Travolta and Hugh Jackman to evade a gang of hit men. The director of the film, Dominic Sena, wanted something particularly exotic and slightly unknown in Hollywood for this particular sequence, and a right hand drive Tuscan with Preston number plates was deemed suitable. So, three identical cars and a TVR engineer were shipped from the TVR factory in Blackpool to Hollywood for the filming. During filming at least on of the Tuscans was almost completely destroyed by gunfire. Definitely a film for all TVR Tuscan owners!
As a sports car it is exceedingly practical and with realistic levels of servicing should give many miles of motoring pleasure and remain a motoring icon for the rest of time.
These later TVRs all had their chassis and wishbones blasted prior to epoxy paint and as such you do not yet see the corrosion that you can get with TVR Griffiths and Chimaeras or early Cerberas. Running gear is reliable but there can be electrical problems often associated with unrequested water ingress. The clutches typically last 18 - 22000 miles before suffering failure of the fingers on the diaphragm spring but gearboxes and differentials are reasonably robust. Brakes are good and most parts are freely available but some electronic control units are not available and have to be repaired. The TVR Tuscan in any of its guises remains an outstanding all round performer with fabulous looks to match the performance. There still really isn’t anything that comes close to this package and it is absolutely sure to become a future classic, it just can’t fail!
Racing Green TVR always has TVR Tuscans in stock and for more information or to arrange a test drive please call our Sales Department on 01252 894790 or 01252 894795. Currently there is also the chance to have new TVR Tuscans built to order but this is for a very limited number of cars.