Rent a TVR S V8 and drive it yourself with unlimited kilometers!
Wolf in sheep's clothing probably sums it up best - many a well-heeled Ferrari customer only saw the TVR with the V8 engine from behind in the nineties. The super-light British athlete showed (and still shows today!) the colleagues from Italy where the hammer hangs. The TVR needs a strong grip - because: no power steering. Unlabeled switches and the gearshift knob that took some getting used to are evidence that at that time lightness, performance, fun and exclusivity were more important to the British than things like: Ergonomics, comfort or even perfectionism.
Vehicle pick up location:
8310 Kemptthal (Google Maps)
Our S-series TVR is one of the very rare ones with the 4 litre V8 engine! If the description "wolf in sheep's clothing" applies to a sports car, then to this rocket on wheels. In contrast to the TVR models before and after it, it has a decidedly classic design, no comparison to the wedge-shaped examples of the 1970s and certainly not as radical as the later TVRs, which are reminiscent of futuristic spaceships. The S model could be a modest, well-behaved and yet good-looking English roadster from MG or Triumph. But it isn't.
It has always been wicked, loud, and fast. In the 90s, it beat the Ferrari Testarossa, the Porsche 911 Carrera 2, an Aston Martin Virage or the Lotus Esprit Turbo with an acceleration of less than 5 seconds in the 0-100 km/h sprint, while costing only a fraction of its competitors. With its compact dimensions of just under 4 metres in length and less than 170 cm in width, it was as nimble as a weasel even in the corners, and thanks to its weight of less than 1000 kilograms, it was easy to brake much later than was necessary with its more expensive colleagues. These facts still apply today, and the small, loud and fast Brit is now available for hire from us!
Once you have settled into the cockpit of the S V8, everything feels like an unspectacular sports car of the 90s. Instruments and levers are more or less where you'd expect them to be - ok, the speedometer and rev counter are arranged in a funny way, and some unimportant switches for lights and heating pose little riddles, but everything is actually quite clear. The S V8 is pure understatement - woe betide you when you start the engine, everyone turns around and certainly doesn't suspect the sound in the little TVR... The V8 bubbles expectantly at idle, and as soon as the engine oil is up to temperature, it's ready to go. Torque without end and satisfied snoring from the exhaust when you lift the throttle-
As with our Super Seven or Cobra, the TVR is only suitable for experienced drivers who can control their throttle foot. There is no ABS or ESP, the brain must always be awake and too much cockiness is out of place on this racer!
When the sun is shining, the two Targa roof halves disappear into the boot, where there is then not too much room left for bulky luggage - but there is still room for a sports bag behind the seats. For the full roadster feeling, the rear part of the soft top is folded down with the rear window, and the open-air fun with V8 sound can begin!
The weekend for two with small luggage
The trip over the mountain passes to enjoy the unlimited kilometres
The trip to England to show Peter his home country
The TVR accelerates from 0 to 100 in 4.9 seconds - in the 90s it was faster than the Aston Martin Virage, Ferrari Testarossa, Lotus Esprit Turbo and Porsche Carrera 2! Top speed, according to the manufacturer, is 270km/h!
In addition to the two fixed Targa roof halves which are fitted ex works, a special folding roof insert is fitted. This roof takes up much less space in the boot and is therefore excellent for holiday trips.
History As with the Wedges, customers showed early interest in more powerful versions of the S-Series. In parallel with the attempt to equip the Wedges with an Australian eight-cylinder engine from Holden, TVR built a prototype S-Series in 1987 with a 3.8-litre Holden six-cylinder engine. Designated the TVR ES, the car was shown publicly at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1987. A tie-up with Holden ultimately did not materialise. Instead, in the early 1990s TVR developed a version of the S-Series with the (revised) Rover engines of the Wedges range, which was launched in 1991 to complement the 2.9-litre versions of the S-Series. The range is alternatively referred to as the V8S or, in reference to the eight-cylinder's displacement, the 400S.
The 3905 cc engine of the V8S is largely the same as that of the TVR 390SE produced until 1986. It is based on the original 3.5 litre V8 engine from Rover, which TVR had further developed first by Andy Rouse and later by NCK (North Coventry Kawasaki) and TVR Powerhatte respectively. In addition to the increase in displacement, the TVR engine also had modified cylinder heads with optimised gas flow, new camshafts for greater valve lift, a higher compression ratio of 10.5:1, revised intake manifolds and exhaust headers, a modified chip for the engine management system and a limited slip differential. Power was 176 kW (239 hp) at 5,250 min,-1 and torque was 366 Nm at 3,000 min-1. The car accelerated from 0-60 mph in 4.9 s, and from 0-100 mph in 12.9 s. It was faster than an Aston Martin Virage, a Lotus Esprit Turbo SE or a Porsche Carrera 2. The grille frame was carried over from the S3C; however, the V8S received a new suspension. Its basic design corresponds to that of the new Griffith,which replaced the Wegde range at TVR in 1992. Stylistically, the V8S differs from the six-cylinder models produced up to that time by a modified bonnet, which has a prominent bulge over the engine but no longer includes an air intake. TVR later adopted this design for the S4C introduced in 1993. Standard equipment on the V8S included leather trim, walnut veneer, mohair upholstery and OZ alloy wheels, power windows and door mirrors were electrically operated.
At its launch, the TVR V8S cost £23,595 in the UK. This was £4,500 more expensive than the SC3. In Germany, the new price was around DM 90,000. A total of 456 units of the V8S were built, a good 10 % of which had left-hand drive.
|Engine:||4 Litre V8|
|Engine Size cc:||4000ccm|
|Gearbox:||5 gear manual|
|Vehicle pick up location:||Kemptthal|