TVR Chimaera | Car Group Tests | Car Reviews | evo

4 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on TVR Chimaera | Car Group Tests | Car Reviews | evo

The most driveable old- TVR, the Chimaera 450 still extreme skill as it dispenses most modern driver

Once you start to push at its you’re actually combating rather than trying to the rear

The purple clouds are slowly, the standing water being blown back the cold air, and the roads are to look more and more Exmoor is dissected by fast, and wickedly bumpy tarmac, a test of any car. To work up a car needs to be supple but effectively down.

You want good (long periods of open can disappear to leave blind and big yumps) and a forgiving balance, as corners tighten when you expect it. Next up? The Chimaera

Any TVR sends a sharp shiver of through your system you slip down into the seat, and despite its reputation as the bear of the range the Chimaera 450 demands a healthy dose of No traction control, no ABS, an bursting with torque, no The woofly V8 sounds friendly but then a grizzly bear can pretty cuddly

Owner Dobson did his research before this Starmist Blue The 240bhp Chimaera 400 is plentiful for £10,000 but not quite fast the 340bhp 500 appealed, but Dobson too many tales of mechanical The 285bhp 450 offered the perfect fast enough to scare, enough not to terrify.

This particular 32,000-mile car is probably out of reach at £10K more like £13,000), but are plenty of 450s to choose at our price point.

It’s a looking thing and when you the little rubber button the wing mirror to pop open the and reveal the leather-lined, cocooning you’re already hooked. down behind the lovely wheel, twist the key and hear barrel-chested V8 catch with a Feel the Chimaera rock on its springs under the torque

Punch the stubby gearlever first, feed in the clutch and this 450 feels tight and like new. The damping is taut and accurate, and it feels as built as any TVR I’ve driven. The is slow by TVR standards and quite so you’re not on edge or trying to your inputs to make of the dynamics.

Instead it feels and you can quickly start to feel way into the chassis’ dynamics, the torque to make good and start testing the 225/50 rear Toyos.

They stand up well to the thumping mid-range. Traction is and the Chimaera feels compact, Friendly, too there’s none of the oversteer you might expect.

In due to quite a soft set-up it to push at the front before the are overwhelmed. Once you’ve that it’s a pretty chassis and you start to push at its you’re actually combating rather than trying to the rear. It turns in sharply but as you open the floodgates (which to release the same torrent at as they do at 5000rpm) the nose wide, which is a bit frustrating.

Unlike the more aggressive the Chimaera is a car that’s happiest at or eight-tenths. Even so, it’s with the most severe of our test route with Very impressive.

There’s an to the TVR; the physical effort to change gears, the accuracy which you must match and wheel speed in downshifts to locked rear wheels, the feedback from the steering a car you’ve really got to drive. mindful of the lack of ABS, but the power and pedal feel are the best here, so it’s one example of how the TVR really challenges the to take control of everything. The is a car full of potential, but it’s if the driver isn’t up to the job.

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