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TVR Tuscan

Speed 6

A brief history of the TVR brand can be found documented in the archives of the SupercarZone website so I won’t bore you with model histories, when new the Tuscan was a new model in its own right, and part of Peter Wheeler’s master plan to Turn TVR into Blackpool’s answer to Ferrari.

A few years ago I reached that magical milestone in any father’s life, no not turning 50, I am talking about the day the last of your children have finished university and left home for the final time. If like me you have dreamed of this day, then no doubt like me you will have turned those hours of idly thumbing through Top Marques magazine into a plan to use all that newly available disposable cash for the first stage of your midlife crisis.

Following years of running powerful Japanese rice rockets and comfortable 4×4’s I could now look at a serious, fit for purpose sports car. TVR’s have always been a bucket list item for me, so following 2 years of Griffith ownership I have had 18 months with the Tuscan.

The shape of the Tuscan is a classic, turning heads almost everywhere it goes, even when in the company of much more exotic machinery. It shape is sensual, individual, and seductive whilst still screaming out brute force. Climb inside and you are greeted with a fully bespoke interior, in fact all interior leather, controls, instruments and design was produced by TVR in house (No Morris Marina switchgear for this model).

Even opening the doors to climb aboard is an event in itself, great fun watching people trying to get in the car for the first time (buttons tucked discreetly under each door mirror drop the window slightly and pop the door open), confused as to where the door handles are. Other clever design features include the removable Targa top that sits neatly over the top of the boot cavity, and the removable rear perspex screen which stows away in the boot to create an almost full convertible experience.

Featuring TVR’s own incredible straight six engine, producing between 360bhp and 400bhp in 4.0 litre guise dependent on specification (S models, and Red Rose performance packages were available), the Tuscan is fast enough to hold its own. Weighing in at just 1100kg it will hit 100mph from a standing start in 8.5 seconds, and for the brave of heart and large of brass appendages, onto a maximum speed of 185+ mph.

From and owners point of view putting the power down without wheel spin is the biggest challenge for the all important 0-60/0-100 times, and I can also confirm that above 150 mph the front does start to get alarmingly light and begins to meander a little making keeping it in a straight line a little buttock clenching. Adjustable shift lights are fitted to a pod on the top of the steering column but I seldom need them, the stern look from my wife in the passenger seat, the bark of the exhaust, and noise of the race derived speed six let me know when to change up or slow down.

Combine all this with the knowledge that if things start to go pear shaped there is little to no safety equipment on board- no traction control, no ABS, no air bags just an integrated roll cage and standard inertia reel seat belts (Gulp !), and discretion is the better part of valour in the case of the Tuscan.

Driving the Tuscan then demands respect. Fuel economy can vary from single digit figures to around 25mpg dependant on your right foot. Servicing can be reasonable again dependant on mileage and use.

Every 6000 miles, oil and filter and the usual health check comes in at around £300-£400. 12,000 miles sees the cam cover off and valve clearances/shims checked and adjusted, brake and clutch fluid etc, around £650 + plus parts.

In summary this unique vehicle has been a joy to own, performance, looks, and reasonable costs mean that it doesn’t require a remortgage to own or run, its handling is quick and sharp being based on the TVR Tuscan Race car series chassis and suspension set up, and the noise that the straight six engine produces through the motorbike rear exhaust cans is nothing short of spine tingling.

And what of the infamous TVR unreliability, well don’t believe everything you read, all manufacturers, and I mean all have one or two skeletons in the closet with regards to certain models in their histories.

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