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Greatest road tests ever: TVR Sagaris | Autocar

Cabin quality, ergonomics and space all impressed. Air-con was optional, but leather seats and a roll cage were standard.

What happened next? 

The Sagaris was short-lived as TVR wound up production in 2006, although Smolenski offered GM V8-powered models to order for a while. TVR was bought by a group led by UK entrepreneur Les Edgar in 2013 and a reborn Griffith was shown in 2017. TVR plans to relaunch in 2024 with the V8 Griffith finally entering production, followed soon after by an electric version and in time an EV saloon and SUV.

For: Looks, huge performance, ride and handling 

Against: Too easy to scuff the nose, poor steering lock

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Price: £49,995 Engine: 6 cyls in line, 3996cc, petrol Power: 406bhp at 7000- 7500rpm Torque: 349lb ft at 5000rpm 0-60mph: 3.9sec 0-100mph: 8.5sec Standing quarter mile: 12.7sec at 122mph Top speed: 185mph Economy: 15.1mpg

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