Lot 419: 2004 TVR Tuscan S Mk.II
Despite sharing its platform with the Tamora, the 4.2 metre Tuscan S looks a much bigger brute thanks to relatively big overhangs. At the rear is the huge boot and spoiler and at the front a low front splitter that drops the pepperpot nose even closer to the floor. Inside, the interior is a minimalist TVR masterpiece with fluid leather-clad surfaces sweeping through the cockpit, enveloping the driver and housing sparse and distinctive machined aluminium switchgear. As with all current TVR's, every piece of vital information is displayed directly in front of you, including the gear-change lights. It's all designed with sporting intent - you needn't move your eyes from the road for more than an instant to keep track of the vital signs. The Tuscan S is a four-litre, 390bhp (power creeps up a little further in the very latest cars) fire breather, with a tuned up version of the all-aluminium inline Speed Six engine. It can storm from 0-60mph in 3.8s and will rasp straight through to more than 195mph, making even a hairs' breadth gap a safe overtaking opportunity that needs to be taken. Some may prefer a six-speed gearbox in a car of this ilk, but TVR felt it was an unnecessary and costly addition when the five-speed and twin-plate clutch cope perfectly well with this level of power. 100mph in 2nd! The defining moment in this car came at 100mph in second gear, without the final red shift light, even blinking into life. Simply put, this machine's fondness for high speed and intoxicating engine note makes driving it a constant exercise in self-control and it was not by accident that the TVR test car came equipped with one of the most sophisticated Gatso detection units on the market. "Journalists and would-be customers tossing their driving licences in the bin at the exit of Blackpool would be bad for business, and it would happen," says Nick Hall of PistonheadsThis car is as delivered from the TVR Factory in Blackpool and has recorded just 65 delivery miles. It was ordered by the TVR and Mercedes Garage in the Cotswolds with the intention of it being their next demonstrator when the TVR factory was closed by the new Russian owner, Nicloai Smolenski. Production is rumoured to be starting again in Europe but meanwhile this car becomes a rare collectors choice as the last of the very pinnacle of true British Sports cars. The performance is phenomenal, with 0-60 coming in just 3.8 seconds and 0-100mph in 8.1. The top speed is a claimed "195+ mph". The only other production car which can outperform the Tuscan "S" is the Pagani Zonda at considerably more money. This car has full Tuscan "S" specification, giving it 398 bhp (the standard Tuscan only has 350bhp) with uprated brakes to match. The full spec includes; Grigio Tatanio Silver metallic paint, Anthracite and Portland leather upholstery with lamonta door inserts and headlining, hydra-trac limited slip diff, air-conditioning, Xenon headlights, 18" spider alloy wheels, lumbar supports, close ration gearbox and Thatcham Grade A alarm & immobiliser. Strap one on and live the dream..
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