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TVR Tuscan

(1999 - 2006)  Rating

TVR Tuscan

The TVR Tuscan has got phenomenal pace and outrageous looks



Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
3.6 i 24V 355 hp 16.5 l/100km Petrol 4.3 s 282 km/h
4.0 i 24V Speed Six 364 hp 14.5 l/100km Petrol 4.5 s 260 km/h
4.0 i 24V Tuscan S 396 hp 17.5 l/100km Petrol 3.9 s 314 km/h


Body type Coupe
Number of doors 2
Number of seats 2
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Rear
Length 4 235 mm
Width 1 810 mm
Height 1 200 mm
Wheelbase 2 360 mm
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) 1 100 kg
Weight (max) ?
Boot space (min) 275 l
Boot space (max) 275 l
Fuel capacity 65 l

 

   The TVR Tuscan is produced between 1999 and 2006. It was available as coupe or convertible. This car had a minor facelift in 2005. This modification, called the Mk.2 was restricted to some minor cosmetic changes, front and rear lights in particularly.

   The TVR Tuscan is powered by a 3.6- or 4.0-liter engines. It's performance is enough to embarrass drivers of much more expensive supercars, as the Tuscan hits 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) in 4.3 - 4.5 seconds. Even more powerful Tuscan S is available.

   The TVR Tuscan is a very focused sports car. It's ride is very firm, while steering, gearbox and clutch are very heavy. It has got no electronic driving aids at all. That's why handling might become tricky. The Tuscan Mk.2 received a slightly adjusted and softer suspension.

   Wind and road noises fade in the engine noise, which drowns out most of the sounds. Engine emits a deep-throated growl at any speed, but that's rather a part of the driving experience.

   The TVR Tuscan is very attractively priced comparing with the supercars. However it also got the supercars appetite on petrol and other running costs, that will get deep into your pocket. Resale values are weak though. The Tuscan seems to be better built than it's predecessor, while all TVRs come with a three-year factory warranty.

   Interior of the TVR Tuscan is still disappointing for a car with such a price tag however. Controls take time to get used to. A central dial releases the doors, while the electric windows switches are unmarked. A digital screen displays everything from speed to oil temperature.

   Steering wheel adjusts for rake and reach. Seat is comfortable enough for most people to find a good driving position.

   The TVR Tuscan is only a two-seater, however there are plenty of space for driver and passenger. Head-, leg- and shoulder room are generous. Furthermore this car has a decent boot, that will take a some luggage even with the removable hard roof stowed inside.

   Safety is the major drawback of the TVR Tuscan. It comes only with a roll cage, while airbags anti-lock brakes and electronic driving aids, such as traction and stability control, are not even optional. TVR considers that their curved panels are both strong and able to absorb energy, leaving passenger cell intact. However due to a low volume of production no official crash tests have been made.

   The TVR Tuscan comes equipped only with the essentials. Leather upholstery and electric windows are standard, but that's about it. Air-conditioning is an expensive option.

   Production of the TVR Tuscan still continues.

 

   Advantages: The TVR Tuscan has got phenomenal pace and outrageous looks.

   Disadvantages: Misses out all the essential safety and driving assisting equipment. Interior build quality is disappointing.

   Verdict: Well priced, but very dedicated car.

   Also consider: Chevrolet Corvette, Maserati Coupe.

 

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