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Friday, October 9, 2015

Yes! The 2017 TVR Packs a Highly-Tuned Mustang V8



Sometimes the stars align and great things happen. For fans of the recently revitalized TVR sports car brand, now is one of those occasions…and then some. 
For those unfamiliar, TVR has been building rediculous sports cars off-and-on since 1947. Their formula through the years, has been stuffing powerful engines into lightweight rides. According to a recent report from the UK’s Autocar, TVR will power its all-new sports car—expected on the market in 2017—with a highly-tuned version of the current Mustang GT’s V8, known as the “Coyote” V8.

In the 2015 Mustang GT, it produces 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. In TVR’s new machine, the potent engine is said to boast between 450 and 500 horsepower, at least. TVR revealed in June that its new sports car’s V8 would be tuned by renowned engine builder Cosworth, but until now the basis for that tuned engine remained a mystery. Not any longer.


According to the publication, the Coyote-based V8 will be built in-house by Cosworth and will tack on a TVR-specific engine management system, along with modifications like a lightweight flywheel, dry-sump lubrication, and specially rerouted exhausts. Oh yes, this new TVR is getting side pipes.

As far as the Cosworth-Ford relationship goes…it’s a long one, and includes highly-tuned Formula One racing engines, like the legendary Cosworth DFV V8s, as well as the punchy powerplants behind the bonkers Ford RS200 rally car and the Escort RS. Soon the pairing can add a two-seat, rear-wheel drive TVR with ground-effects and a Mustang V8 to that list.

In June, when the TVR announcement was made, the company hinted that it will bring four cars to market across the span of 10 years. According to the magazine, this will include the initial Gordon Murray-designed sports car (in standard and high-powered guises), a hardcore track car, and a one-make series race car (think Porsche GT3 Cup car).

A TVR will also go racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018. While dyno testing Cosworth’s new Coyote-based engine, the team ran a simulation of the Le Mans circuit and the V8 allegedly produced enough torque to temporarily shut down the dyno. Mustang fans, rejoice.