Griffith 4.3 (BV)
For an extra £2,404 customers could specify the 4.3 V8. By gas-flowing and polishing the heads, reprofiling the camshaft, upping the compression ratio, lightening and balancing the flywheel, and remapping the electronic engine management system and fuel injection output was 280bhp at 5500rpm and a formidable 305lb ft of torque at only 4000rpm. The majority of customers specified this engine over the four litre.
The car was received much acclaim in the motoring press. Here was a beautiful British built car, that was to be produced in reasonable numbers and with performance to embarrass most supercars at half the price of its foreign rivals. Almost the only criticism they could make was about nervousness in rear suspension. This was later addressed by changing the tyre size, spring rates and shock valving.