Wednesday, October 3, 2012

TVR Cerbera

A while ago I posted some pictures of the TVR Sagaris, but today it is time to look a bit further back in TVR history. Today's car is the Cerbera, a sports car which brought the company many firsts. This third car in row for Peter Wheeler (after the Griffith and the Chimaera), was the first hard-top, the first 2+2 and, last but certainly not least, the first TVR to be driven by their own engines!

With a name like Cerbera (derived from the Greek name Cerberus a three-headed beast that guarded the entrance of Hades), you'd expect this car to have a bit of a sting to it, and it has. TVRs are known to be not only exceptionally powerful but also very light for their size and power output, and the Cerbera (weighing in at 1100kgs) is no exception.

Add three different engines (a 350hp 4.0L, a 360hp 4.2L and a 420hp 4.5L), and you get some very interesting results. For the top model for instance, the 0-60mh time is 3.9 seconds and you can keep pushing the Cerbera until you reach a top speed of 313,7km/h.

It was hard to find some decent pictures though - to compensate, I added a few more pictures than I normally do. And before I leave you with the pictures, here's an interesting fact about the V8 Cerbera, taken from Wikipedia: "One of the attractions of the V8 Cerberas for many owners was the loud backfire produced on overrun, particularly at low speeds. In fact this was the result of an argument at the factory between one of TVR's executives and the engineers mapping the engine. The engineers wanted to map out this "irregularity" to improve fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions, whilst the executive insisted it was exactly the kind of thing owners would like. In the end a compromise was reached in which the popping and banging remained on the 4.5 L cars." -- a true driver's car, in other words...

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