TVR Cerbera 4.5 | Sports Cars

17 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on TVR Cerbera 4.5 | Sports Cars

The Cerbera is a brutish, leery muscle car, and TVR at its best. not a refined and dainty sports car for those new to RWD vehicles.

There are no aids to stop you getting trouble, and the sensitive steering some getting used to. Not the steering is bad, it’s different to what you might expect.

Like many low UK manufactured sports cars, the TVR isn’t going to win any awards for and the temperamental electronics are just one of the spots. The clutches also a disturbing habit of grenading prematurely. The engines (both the and the V6), if properly maintained are quite solid.

But if left unserviced and unchecked the can quickly spiral out of control.

The isn’t what you’d a sensible choice. It should be bought by those who want a talking-point type of car, and are to put up with a few issues and unexpected pit-stops.


Over the 8 year lifespan there three different engine – all designed and produced by TVR. Initially the car was fitted a 4.2 litre V8 which produced 360 Two years later a 4.5 litre V8 was included. This car, the 4.5, became the top spec for the rest of the car’s production

Power output for the Cerbera 4.5 was 420 hp @ rpm, and 380 lb-ft of torque @ rpm.

Later models of the 4.5 were given the option of a Rose’ specification, which its output to 440 bhp when fueled super-unleaded (high octane ) and the driver pushed an unmarked on the dashboard which altered the mapping to suit.

In 1999 the TVR Speed Six appeared. Power for model came from a 4.0 slant-six engine which 350 hp.

All the engines produce a fabulous, soundtrack and offer up waves of throughout the rev range.

In general all the engines are pretty if, and that’s a massive IF, they are maintained.

The V8’s are a bit more than the V6 about servicing. 24,000 miles the tappets be checked and re-shimmed – a consuming job. The six-cylinder requires the same job, but at 12,000 miles.

Fortunately a considerably easier job on the Six.

The V8 can suffer from leaks how to identify vehicle leaks ), commonly from the front

Thankfully, despite the demise of TVR as a TVR Power – the engine – is still around to maintenance, servicing and parts.

The transmission is a very solid T5 5-speed unit. Aside the possibility of wear on the 2nd and 5th gear after many, many the gearbox has no reliability issues to out for.

Sadly the same can’t be of the clutch. Usually they around 25,000 miles. the clutch will fracture the on the pressure plate well the clutch plates are actually in of replacement.

Body and Chassis

The TVR has a gorgeous fiberglass body was exceptionally well finished. The styling is one of the car’s strong and overall the bodywork doesn’t up too many problems. Door can leak and that’s about it.

Unfortunately the leaking seals can water to get down to the steel if left unattended it can lead to rusting, and ultimately a new chassis can be

The most vulnerable chassis is the area at the back of the front arch. If you’re looking at a Cerbera check the chassis to make sure there’s no to the powder coating, or that no rust spots.


The has a relatively harsh ride but not so. The sporty suspension setup, with the quick steering can make the car feel a little on uneven surfaces. The car is also to snap-oversteer, especially in the wet.

The interior of the TVR is like no other well except maybe other Looney Tunes It’s a crazy mix of swoops, and rounded surfaces. TVR made all own switchgear for the car – which is unusual for a small-volume manufacturer.

the leather trimmed interior of the is a very unique place

The only issue with the is temperamental electronics. So check all the works the way it should.

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