TVR Cerbera review by Jason Dawe

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When TVR revealed the Cerbera in it redefined sports car the performance Quicker to 100mph than a 911 Turbo yet costing just Ј30,000, nothing else so fast for such little

Within 12 months of its launch the Rover sourced V8 engines replaced by an all new, TVR designed, 4.2 V8 producing 360bhp. In a car weighing 1,100kg performance was astonishing, in 4.2 seconds and 0-100 in under10seconds. no power steering, no ABS and no traction the car was all about raw performance.

In July came the ultimate Cerbera, 4.5 and 420bhp. Its race bred, crank, engine revving to and powering the car from standstill to in just 8.2 seconds. Confirming it as the British built sports car could buy.

The final addition to the range in April 98. The Speed Six has a 4.0 litre six unit producing 350bhp and is the car of the range. The softer suspension, geared steering and higher tyres make the car smoother and demanding to drive and the addition of steering (standard on all models July 1997) makes car the most civilized in the range.

the car having been in production for ten used examples are relatively and prices range from for an early car up to Ј40,000 for a 2003 4.5litre. But buying a used requires care.

Owners stories of water leaks, electrics and engines over In wet weather the wipers are feeble, at the lights are pathetic. Remember the car is made in a small factory in so forget details such as

The buttons and dials may be bespoke but expect a handbook saying any of them actually do. You need to a good handover when you buy the car without it, you may never know your car is capable of!

The Cerbera appeals to the track day enthusiast and this is not terminal, it can be less kind to a car. Tell-tale are bluing on the disc brakes, a of over heating and potential – virtually impossible if the AP brakes had subjected to the manageable challenges of the Check underneath for scuffed system and sills, a sign the car has left the track at some in its life.

Look carefully at the body and inside the engine bay, the steel chassis is difficult and to repair and the fibre glass can be replaced, hiding a multitude of underneath. Servicing also attention, the 4.5 litres use oil and regular is required between services.

carpets for signs of water and check the synchromesh on all the gears, the have heavier clutches the Speed Six but all tend to crunch engaging reverse gear. of the cars have air conditioning as but it is a must have option due to the of the engine and the small cabin.

Buying privately is only if you are an existing owner with a bit of technical knowledge, buying a TVR main dealer is a safer But on a clear, dry, summers day is no finer car for the enthusiastic driver. The AP pull you up on a sixpence, despite the of ABS.

The grip is incredible no traction control) and the sound the engine is second to none. you’ve driven a TVR Cerbera else feels pretty

Check the following

Side seals – prone to wind and water leaks

Blue discs – sign of overheating and

Fuel filler cap – mounted the boot, its easy to spill on your luggage

Reverse gear –

chips – front end suffers from chipping

Alloys – 18 alloys standard on 4.5 a popular on other models but can be retro for Ј1,500

Service history – be complete and perfect, 6 months or miles

Catalytic converters – can be to add up to 40bhp of power but beware, cars fail the MOT test

exhausts – Even more but will cost you Ј700

– TVR allow customers to choice new car in any colour

Air conditioning – A must option

PAS – Early V8’s no power steering

Head – A Speed Six weakness, check the to see if it has been replaced

Fuel consumption – owners about 18mpg for most but will dip sharply if driven

2000MY changes – revised larger alloys and integrated rests

Tubular steel damage – easily hidden by panels

Demist – Condensation on the and difficulty demisting can be a sign of leaks and damp carpets

The one to buy

TVR 4.2

Air con, leather and 18’’

1998 ‘S’ with 20,000

Pay Ј22,500 at a dealer with a 12 warranty Ј19,500 privately

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