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The TVR Cerbera is a sports car by TVR between 1996 and 2003. The is derived from Cerberus the beast of Greek legend guarded the entrance of Hades.

The TVR was the third car manufactured by TVR under the of Peter Wheeler (the was the Griffith and the second was the Chimaera). The car three firsts for the Wheeler-led

The first hard-top—the Griffith and the were both convertibles

The 2+2 —TVRs were traditionally

The first to be driven by TVR’s own TVR had purchased engines from manufacturers like Rover, and Triumph

The prototype was introduced at the Birmingham Motor Show .

The engines

Prior to the Cerbera, TVR had V8 engines from Rover and tuned them for their own When Rover was purchased by Peter Wheeler didn’t to risk problems should the decide to stop manufacturing the In response, he engaged the services of engineer Al Melling to design a V8 that TVR could manufacture and even potentially offer for to other car-makers.

In an interview for the television program Top Wheeler explained Basically, we the engine as a race engine. It was my at the time that if we wanted to we ought to make something we could sell to other

We’ve ended up with a V8 with a flat-plane crank. The of the engine to the heads is exactly as you see in a current Formula One engine.

was quoted at the time of the car’s as saying that the combination of weight and high power was too for a road car, a quote ensured much free in the press. Enthusiasts still about whether this was a example of Wheeler’s legendary or an equally typical example of his PR Ben Samuelson’s knack for saving on costs by creating a story.

The was dubbed the Speed Eight designation ‘AJP8′ after Al John Ravenscroft and Peter a 4.2 L V8 producing 350 horsepower (260 A larger version of the engine was offered that displaced 4.5 and output rose to 420 horsepower kW). This larger was also fitted with a that was made of steel for strength and reliability.

The smaller motor allowed the to still achieve up to 185 mph (300

The AJP8 has one of the highest specific of any naturally aspirated V8 in the automotive at 83.3 hp/liter for the 4.2 and 93.3 for the 4.5. Later models of the 4.5 engine were given the of being to the ‘Red Rose’ which increased its output to 440 bhp hp/liter) when fuelled super-unleaded (high octane) and the pushed the unmarked button on the which altered the engine to suit.

In some cases, outputs for production V8s (4.5 in were down from quoted output. Some of have seen some of modification (ECU, induction, etc.) to bring the power up to the factory quoted output.

One of the unique attractions of the V8 Cerberas for owners was the loud popping and noises they made on the usually when the throttle was and particularly at low speeds. In fact was the result of an argument at the factory one of TVR’s executives and the engineers the engine.

The engineers wanted to map out irregularity to improve fuel and CO2 emissions, whilst the executive it was exactly the kind of thing would like. In the end a compromise was in which the popping and banging on the 4.5ltr cars, but was mapped out of smaller-engined brothers. Sales tend to show the executive was

The engine is also unusually for a V8. According to TVR, the total of the finished engine is 121 kilograms.

the success of the Speed Eight Wheeler also undertook the of a Speed Six engine to complement it. engine also made its in the Cerbera. Unlike the Speed the new engine is 4.0 liter inline six (I6) design.

It also differs from the V8 in four valves per cylinder to the Eight’s two.

The car

The car itself was from the start as a four-seater. The seats are smaller than the a design commonly referred to as a However, the interior is designed so the passenger seat can slide forward than the driver’s This allows more for the person sitting behind the passenger.

TVR have referred to as a 3+1 design.

TVR maintained its tradition of cars that were not exceptionally powerful but also light for their size and output. The Cerbera’s weight was by TVR at 1100 kilograms, although claimed the weight varied 1060#160;kg (2337#160;lb) and 1200#160;kg

The dashboard was designed especially for the and uses a two-spar steering as opposed to the typical three-spar found in most TVRs. The for this is that minor are located on a small panel the steering wheel and a third in the wheel would have them difficult to read.

all TVRs of the Peter Wheeler the Cerbera had a long-travel throttle to for the lack of electronic traction-control and sharp steering. The V8 powered were two turns from to lock and the Speed Six car was 2.4 turns. made it easier for experienced to maintain or regain control of the car in the of a loss of traction but some experienced drivers complained it made the cars feel and more responsive than would otherwise have

In 2000, TVR changed the styling of the car by modifying the headlights to more resemble those seen in the TVR The facelift features were with all three engine In addition, the cars equipped the 4.5 liter engine were with the lightweight option saw 40 kilograms trimmed from the weight through the use of lighter panels and a slightly reworked

Reliability continued to be a problem for the as it had ben for a number of modern TVRs. the major mechanicals were of a problem, according to owners, smaller (but often exasperating) electricals. However, it was the immense performance which most of the headlines.

After an enthusiastic review by BBc Top and numerous magazines describing the car as a …, it’s popularity notoriety) increased.

The Last

In August 2006, TVR held an auction for what it billed as The Cerbera. According to, the that TVR created especially for the TVR’s owner and chairman, Smolensky (spelled Nikolai on site), brought the out of retirement for one more unit as an to the beautiful but brutish bygone sports car.

The last was a 4.5 LW right-hand drive car in Pepper with Prussian blue interior trim. The auction to meet its reserve price but TVR decided to sell the car to the high The final bid was under £45,000 to 5% plus 17.5% VAT would be [2]

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