After a production stop in 1993 the Griffith returned in 1994. Alhough it was originally designed to use TVR’s own AJP V8 engine, the company chose to build it was an uprated – by TVR Power – 5.0-litre Rover V8 developing up to 320bhp. In keeping with the stunning performance this provided, the revised Griffith also came with better brakes, Koni dampers and an even stiffer chassis settings. It remained in production, with constant modifications, until 2001. TVR announced in 1996 that the Griffith Speed Six would have TVR’s own AJP straight six, kicking out an estimated 380 bhp. In the end The Griffith Speed six didn’t enter production, due to production problems with the new straight six engine.
The picture shows a rare Speed six featuring unimplmented tail lights!
In 2000, TVR announced that the Griffith production was going to end. A limited edition run of 100 Special Edition (SE) cars were to be built to mark the end of production. Although still very similar to the previous Griffith 500 model, the SE had a hybrid interior using the Chimaera dashboard and Cerbera seats. Noticeably, the rear lights were different along with different door mirrors, higher powered headlights and clear indicator lenses. Some also came with 16-inch wheels. Each car came with a numbered plaque in the glove box including the build number and a Special Edition Badge on its boot. All cars also had a unique signature in the boot under the carpet. The SEs were built between 2000 and 2002, with the last registered in 2003. A register of the last 100 SEs can be found at TVR Griffith 500 SE Register
Last Griffith 500SE off the production line complete with factory personnel team.