To understand why TVR’s resuscitation strategy is causing such a commotion for many gasoline heads, look back at the Sagaris, which served as the unplanned swan song of the Blackpool sports car company and left such a pleasant taste in the mouth that each successor must be really tasty.
You know this revitalization was far from a painless process, and the Sagaris remains the newest street TVR to buy (unless the new company deems it appropriate to have its only production prototype of the long-awaited Griffith Mk2 to sell …).
So it is understandable that it has strong money in all forms. As a result, you’ll struggle to find a dingy high-miler and expect to pay at least £ 65,000 for a Sagaris with TVR’s fire-breathing Speed Six engine.
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If you can take the price of buying it and forget about the brand new Porsche 718 Cayman GTS that you could buy instead, there’s a lot to like here. For starters, just like for the newer Porsche, the Sagaris packs a 4.0-liter six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine (although more straightforward than flat) and, with up to 406 hp, remains the most powerful engine of its kind that has been built into a production car . Second, because the Sagaris weighs little more than a ton, it screams from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph.
So it’s incredibly fast and belongs to that rare breed of accessible British sports cars where dynamic thrills and rough performance take precedence over, for example, refinement or safety. The elimination of heavy metal bodies and complex electronic driver aids was a major contributor to the Sagaris’s appeal, but you definitely don’t want a heavy shunt – which isn’t an overly unlikely prospect given the unpredictability of its on-the-limit handling.
But enough negativity; The Sagaris is still great fun at seven tenths, and you can always book a day of the trail to explore the outer realms of its dynamic capabilities. Indeed, our testers welcomed the various improvements made at the behest of then-new TVR owner Nikolai Smolensky (including stiffer suspension, less thrilling steering, and a longer gear ratio gearbox) and proclaimed the Sagaris “the most successful and best yet TVR “.
If you’re tempted, your best bet is to take action now: prices have skyrocketed in recent years and should continue to rise given the limited quantities available.
Production ran from 2005 to 2006, and of the 200 or so dates built, recent data suggests that only half are still on the road in the UK. Even so, we found a relatively healthy selection in the classifieds, ranging from a four-owner car with 58,000 miles to a two-owner example with only 13,000.