TVR will use Corvette engines for new roadster image

According to autocar, TVR want’s to revive the marque with a new Corvette-engined model to be produced in Germany.

Nikolai Smolenski, the Russian owner of the brand, said the car will use a Corvette engine to save on homologation and development costs. As he explained, “We looked at every engine available – including making our own – and decided that the Corvette was the most powerful off-the-shelf design going.

While he didn’t specify which engine would be used, the Corvette has a 430 hp (321 kW / 436 PS) LS3 V8, a 505 hp (377 kW / 512 PS) LS7 V8, and a 638 hp (476 kW / 647 PS) supercharged LS9 V8.

The first new-generation TVRs will be convertibles, reminiscent of the Tuscan, because Smolenski believes that most customers prefer open-top cars. It is too early to forecast names or prices, he said, but a new car “shouldn’t cost any more” than the European price of an equivalent Corvette.

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