British carmaker TVR closed in 2006 due to financial trouble, but the company’s owner, Nikolai Smolenski, says that he is planning an all-new convertible for the range that might be built in Germany.
Reports indicate that TVR is going to unveil a new prototype at the Goodwood Moving Motor Show, and this very well could be the car Smolenski is talking about. In an interview with Autocar, Smolenski revealed the new TVR will use a modified version of the steel chassis used on all previous TVR models. It will also utilize front- and rear-independent suspension designs similar to those used on later TVR models.
TVR won’t, however, manufacture its own engines for the new model, as the cost involved in designing, testing, and tooling a bespoke engine are far too high for the small sports car firm. Instead, it will source a small-block V-8 engine from General Motors. Smolenski refers to the engine simply as a “Corvette” engine, but didn’t indicate if it was the LS3 (base Corvette), LS7 (ZO6), or LS9 (ZR1) engine.
“We looked at every engine available -- including making our own -- and decided that the Corvette was the most powerful off-the-shelf design going,” Smolenski told Autocar. “Fitting it to our chassis allows us to meet all current regulations and is not too big a step.”
Smolenski also reportedly has plans to craft a hybrid-electric TVR offering in the new future, but we doubt he’ll be sourcing the hybrid driveline from General Motors.
“I always wanted an automatic TVR model,” Smolenski said, “but the chassis wouldn’t allow either a regular auto or an automated manual. The hybrid concept would allow us to kick out the conventional gearbox completely.”
The hybrid TVR is likely still several years away, but the new convertible could make an appearance as early as July. Styling is said to be similar to the 1999-2006 Tuscan model, and will reportedly cost roughly the same as a Euro-spec Chevrolet Corvette.