It took TVR six years to perfect the Tuscan two-seater sports coupe. The fifth attempt was the Mark Two, a ‘refreshed’ version of the already spectacular TVR Tuscan S. At its launch, enthusiasts noted their particular pleasure in the determination with which TVR had sought to perfect the marriage of form and function that the Tuscan was always intended to be.
Other car manufacturers responded to declining sales with a new model, rushed from the ether on a whim. TVR preferred to make their existing star better.
Nothing was extraneous in the revised Tuscan S; and everything was thought through. The swooping lines of the bonnet functioned as low pressure exits for the hot air from the radiator. Long hours in the windtunnel suggested small styling changes that produced downforce over both axles. With the front headlights faired-in for better aerodynamic flow, the car was a diminutive vision of pure elegance. The interior remained as original, minimalist and striking as ever. Autocar described it as ‘like a showcar that has gone straight from plinth to high street without meeting an accountant on the way . . .
Everywhere you look there are details which will one day feature in the Sexiest Car Components of All Time lists’.
The TVR Tuscan S was, of course, pocket dynamite, a sports car driver’s unhealthily happy dream. It could embarrass Ferrari, Porsche or most other expensive supercars. It could even stop on a (gut-lurching) dime. Superquick and responsive, it could overtake in a hairsbreadth.
The deep, spitting rumble of the exhaust is exhilarating enough to urge any driver’s pedal to the metal. It was specially ‘tuned’ by TVR to parallel the power psychology of the Tuscan S. This car tells you it’s playing ‘Our Song’ while effortlessly pulling 100 mph (161 km/h) in second gear.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
3,996 cc Straight Six
Top speed of 195 mph (314 km/h); 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.8 secs
YOU SHOULD KNOW:
When journalists were invited by TVR to road test the Mark Two Tuscan S, the TVR test car was (allegedly) fitted with one of the most sophisticated Gatso (police highway speed camera) detection units then available. TVR rightly feared that journalists would be swept away by reckless enthusiasm for the car, and risk losing their licences by speeding.