Once the third-largest specialised sportscar manufacturer in the world, TVR is making a comeback this September and will debut a brand new model at the Goodwood Revival. This will coincide with the British company’s 70th anniversary and the newbie, which will have a 5.0-litre V8 making 480bhp and weigh just 1,200kg, promises to be exceptionally thrilling. Hopefully, it’ll hark back to the good old days when the independent manufacturer was building some of the finest luxurious sportscars in the world, such as the Cerbera.
Produced between 1996 and 2003 (its name was derived from Cerberus, the three-headed beast of Greek legend that guarded the entrance of Hades) the Cerbera rode on a lengthened Chimaera chassis and was the first model not only to feature a home-grown chassis and interior, but it also got a home-grown engine, the Speed Eight. Prior to this, the company would buy motors from mainstream manufacturers such as Ford, Triumph and Rover, but the in-house V8 featured a clutch of technologies that were commonly found on an F1 engine at the time, such as a sophisticated water circulation system, a lubrication system that delivered oil at high pressure to the engine and at low pressure to the crankshaft and an extremely durable block. It started with a 4.2-litre but was stretched to 4.5-litre, which made 420bhp and could propel the five-speed grand tourer from 0-100kph in just 3.9 seconds, which for the Nineties were astonishing figures.
It was exciting, crazy, and sometimes unreliable, all of which made it a firm favourite with enthusiasts. Today, good ones can fetch up to Dh200,000.