A review of The TVR Sagaris Sports Car, covering development, important features, and technical data of this classic car
from Classic to Modern
The prototype of the TVR Sagaris was premiered at the 2003 Earl’s Court Motor Show, whilst a year later, the pre-production model was introduced at the Birmingham Motor Show.
Finally, in 2005, it was officially launched and was, in essence, designed as an endurance race car.
It could be described as a racing version of the T350, and certainly looked like a road going race car.
Based on the T350, it followed the company tradition of being built with no ABS, traction control, or even air bags.
The road variant was powered by a 4 litre, TVR inline 6-cylinder, twin overhead cam, Speed Six engine, with four valves per cylinder, which developed 406 bhp at 7500 rpm, and 349 ft/lbs of torque at 5000 rpm.
With a huge compression ratio of 12.2:1, and a five speed gearbox, it had a top speed of 185 mph, a 0-60 mph time of 3.7 secs, and a 0-100 mph time of 8.1 secs.
The 4 litre Speed Six engine, from the Tuscan S, was by now sufficiently developed to eliminate earlier problems.
It was fitted with a front splitter, and a rear spoiler with aluminium supports.
There were two bulges in the roofline designed for tall drivers wearing crash helmets and, in early models, the carbon fibre exhaust exited from the side in order to create maximum airflow around the rear diffuser.
Standard equipment on the Sagaris included:
- Improved leather trim
- Proper carpets
- Sparco race seats
- New pedal design
- Air conditioning
- Conventional one piece bonnet
- New 18 inch alloy Spider wheels
- 7 inch vented disc brakes at the front and 11.7 inch at the rear
- Stereo CD player
- Power steering
- Limited slip differential
- 2 year unlimited mileage warranty
The body was constructed of glass reinforced plastic on a chassis with all round independent coil spring suspension, and Bilstein dampers that produced a firm ride.
In 2006, the suspension was softened, and the ride height raised in order to reduce the incidence of the car bottoming out on bumpy roads.
During its three years in production, the Sagaris was fitted with three different exhaust systems, which reduced output, initially from 406 bhp to 386 bhp, and then to 375 bhp.
In order to increase grip and stability, it was fitted with a wider track than its predecessor, the T350.
The only time that the car was raced was in the 2011 British Cup Series, when it used the chassis from the road variant, and was powered by a 4.5 litre, Supersport Speed Six engine, which developed 420 bhp.
The Sagaris was the last model to be built, and the build quality was a marked improvement on earlier TVR’s.
The fact that the Sagaris was not wind tunnel tested was reflected in the fact that, at 150 mph, the tailgate catch opened up.
By 2006, total production was in the low hundreds, and it was probably the most thoroughly developed of all TVR’s.
This marks the end of my Review of the TVR Sagaris sports car
I will be reviewing in some detail, in future articles within this website, the entire range of TVR sports cars which were featured in the memorable era spanning 1946 to 2000+
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