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TVR Speed Eight

(1989 model)

Brief specs of 1989 TVR Speed Eight

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 3947 cm3 / 240.9 cu in / 240.9 cu in, 167.8 kW / 225.0 hp / 225.0 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 340.0 N·m / 250.8 lb·ft / 250.8 lb·ft @ 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 230 km/h / 143 mph / 143 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)TVRIssued from1989
ModelSpeed EightIssued until
SerieSpeedNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerTVRCountryUK

Bodywork

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

Length4100 mm / 161.4 in / 161.4 inTotal (curb) weight1120 kg / 2469 lb / 2469 lb
Width1760 mm / 69.3 in / 69.3 inDry weight
Height1210 mm / 47.6 in / 47.6 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2460 mm / 96.9 in / 96.9 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1500 mm / 59.1 in / 59.1 inTowing weight
Track rear1530 mm / 60.2 in / 60.2 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance150 mm / 5.9 in / 5.9 inFuel capacity61 l / 13.4 UK gal / 16.1 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.67  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.81 m2 / 19.5 sq ft / 19.5 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders8
Engine TypeV engine (V8)Total number of valves16
Engine ManufacturerRoverValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore94.0 mm / 3.70 in / 3.70 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke71.1 mm / 2.80 in / 2.80 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.32
Fuel supplyLucas L fuel inj.Engine displacement3947 cm3 / 240.9 cu in / 240.9 cu in
Engine Main bearings5Unitary capacity493.38 cm3/cylinder / 30.108 cu in/cylinder / 30.108 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio9.8 : 1
SumpMax. output power167.8 kW / 225.0 hp / 225.0 hp at 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque340.0 N·m / 250.8 lb·ft / 250.8 lb·ft at 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)61.9 kW / 83.0 hp / 83.0 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output42.5 kW/l / 0.934 bhp/cu in / 0.934 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque86.1 N·m/l / 0.75 lb·ft/cu in / 0.75 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears5
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.79
  Final gear (drive) ratio3.54

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed230 km/h / 143 mph / 143 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio200.9 kW/ton / 152.2 bhp/ton / 152.2 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/h7.00 s / 7.00 s / 7.00 sFuel 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
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringrack & pinion PASSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle9.9 m / 32.5 ft / 32.5 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Upper wishbone, Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)Suspension rearIndependent, Coil springs
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontventilated discBrakes reardisc
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of TVR Speed Eight

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