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Body style: Convertible (spider/spyder, cabrio/cabriolet, drop/open/soft top)
Segment: Exotic

At the beginning of the '80s, the British carmaker TVR tried a bold approach on the sports cars market and introduced the so-called Wedged Series starting with the Tasmin and continuing with the 280i and 350i.

The era of round shapes was gone. New sports cars from Porsche, Lotus, Aston Martin, and Ferrari showed flat panels and angular shapes. TVR already worked on a project with Oliver Winterbottom, who penned the lines of the 1976 Lotus Eclat. The result was the 1980 Tasmin continued from 1983 by the 280i and 350i in both shapes: coupe and convertible.

With a front end narrow enough to be considered a lawnmower, the 1984 350i convertible featured a pair of pop-up headlights and a slim rubber stripe across the car's width. The carmaker made a new design for the hood with two wide vents instead of ten narrow ones. Between them, on the bottom of the raked windshield, the British manufacturer added an air-intake. A pair of chromed pipes poked through the bottom of the rear apron.

Inside, the cabin didn't get the same attention to detail as the exterior. The glove box still featured exposed hinges similar to those from a kitchen cabinet. Its bucket seats featured some bolstering but not as high as on other sports cars. Its leather-clad interior was adorned by a wood veneer-covered dashboard and thick carpeting. Unlike the previous Tasmin range, the 1984 model featured re-arranged buttons for the power windows on the center stack instead of the center console and a new sound system.

Even though the car was still available with the Ford 2.8-liter V-6 powerplant, the carmaker built it with a Rover-sourced 3.5-liter V-8. TVR paired both of them with a five-speed manual that sent the power to the rear wheels.

TVR 280i/ 350i Convertible 1983 - 1987 2 Photos
TVR 280i/ 350i Convertible (1983 - 1987)TVR 280i/ 350i Convertible (1983 - 1987)
TVR 280i/ 350i Convertible 1983 - 1987
  2 gasoline engines
  • 280i V6 5MT (160 HP)
  • 350i V8 5MT (200 HP)

TVR 280i/ 350i Convertible 280i V6 5MT (160 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  280i V6 5MT (160 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2792 cm3
Power
118 KW @ 5700 RPM
160 HP @ 5700 RPM
158 BHP @ 5700 RPM
Torque
162 lb-ft @ 4300 RPM
220 Nm @ 4300 RPM
Fuel System
Mechanical Fuel Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130 mph (209 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
DIMENSIONS
Length
158 in (4013 mm)
Width
68 in (1727 mm)
Height
47.5 in (1207 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.5/56.7 in (1,435/1,440 mm)
Wheelbase
94.8 in (2408 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.37

TVR 280i/ 350i Convertible 350i V8 5MT (200 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  350i V8 5MT (200 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
3532 cm3
Power
147 KW @ 5280 RPM
200 HP @ 5280 RPM
197 BHP @ 5280 RPM
Torque
221 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
300 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
153 mph (246 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
DIMENSIONS
Length
158 in (4013 mm)
Width
68 in (1727 mm)
Height
47.5 in (1207 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.5/56.7 in (1,435/1,440 mm)
Wheelbase
94.8 in (2408 mm)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.37
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2564 lbs (1163 kg)
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