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TVR 400 SE

(1989 model)

Brief specs of 1989 TVR 400 SE

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 3998 cm3 / 244.0 cu in / 244.0 cu in, 205.1 kW / 275.0 hp / 275.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 366.0 N·m / 269.9 lb·ft / 269.9 lb·ft @ 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 241 km/h / 150 mph / 150 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)TVRIssued from1989
Model400 SEIssued until
Serie400Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation


Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typedrophead coupé (convertible coupé)Number of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4013 mm / 158.0 in / 158.0 inTotal (curb) weight1150 kg / 2535 lb / 2535 lb
Width1727 mm / 68.0 in / 68.0 inDry weight
Height1219 mm / 48.0 in / 48.0 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2413 mm / 95.0 in / 95.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track frontTowing weight
Track rearWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance150 mm / 5.9 in / 5.9 inFuel capacity
Length/wheelbase ratio1.66  


Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.79 m2 / 19.3 sq ft / 19.3 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)


Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders8
Engine TypeV engine (V8)Total number of valves16
Engine ManufacturerTVRValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio
Fuel supplyEngine displacement3998 cm3 / 244.0 cu in / 244.0 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity499.75 cm3/cylinder / 30.497 cu in/cylinder / 30.497 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio
SumpMax. output power205.1 kW / 275.0 hp / 275.0 hp at 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque366.0 N·m / 269.9 lb·ft / 269.9 lb·ft at 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)84.7 kW / 113.6 hp / 113.6 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output51.3 kW/l / 1.127 bhp/cu in / 1.127 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque91.5 N·m/l / 0.80 lb·ft/cu in / 0.80 lb·ft/cu in


Transmission typemanualNumber of gears5
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio
  Final gear (drive) ratio


Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed241 km/h / 150 mph / 150 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)5.00 s / 5.00 s / 5.00 sPower-to-weight ratio239.1 kW/ton / 181.2 bhp/ton / 181.2 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions


Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontSuspension rear
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontBrakes rear
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of TVR 400 SE


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