TVR Sagaris

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.

Engine 6-cylinder inline alloy engine with 4 valves per cylinder and dry sump lubrication
Capacity (cc) 3996
Max Power 406 bhp @ 7000 rpm
Max Torque 349 ft.lbs @ 5000 rpm
Performance 0 to 60 mph: 3.7 seconds
0 to 100 mph: 8.1 seconds
Max Speed: +185 mph
Suspension All round independent – double wishbones and coil over Bilstein dampers assisted by anti-roll bars
Braking Front: 322mm ventilated disc brakes with 4 piston alloy callipers
Rear: 298mm ventilated disc brakes with single piston sliding callipers
Steering Power assisted rack and pinion – 2.0 turns lock to lock
Wheels and Tyres 18 inch aluminium alloy wheels, 255/35 R18 tyres

The chassis is based on that of the T350 C but whilst the Sagaris maintains the same wheelbase as the T350 it does run a wider track. The suspension has had a considerable amount of further development in conjunction with Bilstein to ensure that the damper and spring rates are ideally suited to a car of this calibre and capability. The result of this research is a truly awesome road car with the most stunning performance and looks. The adjustable pedal box and full roll cage give the Sagaris yet more race car credentials and the Sagaris really does look like the racecar on the road.

On the road the TVR Sagaris really is the best driving TVR ever. It sits very foursquare on the road and really does handle remarkably well, imparting a huge sense of security and sure footedness.

The TVR Sagaris was one of the first cars to benefit from TVRs 3 year/36,000 mile warranty and the fact that TVR were even prepared to offer this shows that the factory was convinced it had made significant changes to reliability. This increase in reliability was based on a number of improvements in quality control undertaken in late 2004/early 2005 by Nikolai Smolenski, the then owner of TVR. This increase in build and component quality is definitely apparent on these later cars and it is such a shame that TVR went into administration when they had the best cars rolling off the production line.

The Sagaris also featured a high level of equipment as standard as it was effectively supplied to Tuscan S specifications. This included 18” inch wheels, air-conditioning and a full hide interior completed the very full specification. The only optional factory extras available were exotic reflex or cascade paint finishes, close ratio gearbox and gas discharge lights.

Racing Green TVR had one of the first TVR Sagaris as their original demonstrator and this car was featured in our own video which is on youtube and has had almost 200,000 views. It is also featured on the home page of this website. This car and video provoked huge interest in the TVR Sagaris as well as the iridescent racing green colour from Jaguar’s F1 days.

Click here to view the great TVR Sagaris video on YouTube

Over the years nearly all the TVR Sagaris have passed through Racing Green TVR’s control for one reason or another and we have a wealth of knowledge relating to this particular model. We can offer many upgrades to further enhance this great sports car. Please see the associated Upgrade tab for more information on Racing Green TVR’s range of Upgrades.

Racing Green TVR generally has a number of TVR Sagaris in stock and for more information or to arrange a test drive please call our Sales Department on 01252 894790 or 01252 894795.

Racing Green TVR has developed a reputation for upgrades to TVRs from shiny Stainless Steel wheel nuts right through to the mighty FFF cylinder head and the performance enhancing Syvecs engine management system. Over the past few years Racing Green TVR has been focused on ensuring that TVRs remain where they belong, out on the road and track. To this end we have been continuously developing a number of products that will ensure that your TVR will perform better than when it left the famous Bristol Road Factory in Blackpool.

From AST shock absorbers through to Quaife differentials, from full polyurethane suspension bush kits to high specification catalytic converters Racing Green TVR is the company to talk to when it comes to uprating your TVR. In the listings below we are showing the main upgrades available for your car but if you do not see something that you are specifically after please contact us as we will almost certainly be able to help you.

For all TVR Upgrade enquiries please contact Bryan on 01252 894787 or bryans@racinggreentvr.com and you will be able to discuss your requirements in some detail.

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Racing Green TVR has a comprehensive range of parts for the TVR Sagaris and by clicking on one of the categories below you will be taken to the relevant category on our website www.thetvrshop.com where you can make a purchase. Here you will be able to see some of the parts we offer for the TVR Sagaris but should the part you require not be obvious please contact Phil Forster on 01252 894797 or philipf@racinggreencars.com and we will be able to give you more information.

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