The V8-S was a case of history repeating itself. It was basically a case of taking an existing V6 product (the excellent S-Series roadster) and installing a tuned Rover V8 under the bonnet to create a very fast – and desirable – sports car. This is exactly the process that Peter Wheeler followed when creating the TVR 350i back in 1983.
The V8S has a small vent facing the windscreen, whereas S1 to S3 models face forward. Very late S3 and S4 models had no hump at all. As with all TVR’s there is no specific point in time when they changed styles, probably when they ran out!
Production of the V8-S lasted a scant three years – and not because of any product deficiencies – but because TVR’s ambitions were expanding, and the Chimera and Griffith roadsters were already in development when the V8-S hit the market. It also filled the void that would be left when the Tasmin-based Wedge SE models finally dropped out of production in 1991. But the V8-S was exactly the right product at the right time, winning lots of friends for its prodigious pace and relatively cheap thrills.
The TVR 2-litre V8S is a one-off 2 litre supercharged version of the V8S – this was created for the Italian market to overcome their strict taxation based on engine capacity. The engine was a modified 3.5 litre Rover V8 fitted with a smaller-throw crank to reduce the engine capacity, retaining the 88.9 mm bore but with a short stroke of 40.25 mm. This meant a displacement of 1,998 cc (2.0 L), with a compression rate of 8.0:1. Lucas electronic fuel injection was fitted, along with an intercooled Eaton supercharger. All of this produced 233 PS (171 kW; 230 bhp) at 6,200 rpm and 266 N·m (196 lb·ft) at 3,700 rpm. Performance was on par with the bigger V8s, with a top speed of 232 km/h (144 mph) and 0–100 km/h coming up in 6.5 seconds. Ventilated disc brakes were fitted up front, and the 2-litre V8 also got adjustable ride height hydraulic shocks. There is at this time only one known to exist.