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

TVR introduced the Chimaera in 1992, and it was built using a classic British recipe: engine at the front, power to the rear, two seats, and an open sky above.

Unlike many other roadsters built in the UK, such as the Lotus 7, the Chimaera was not an affordable vehicle. Moreover, it featured a Rover-sourced V8 powerplant that offered a fantastic sound in addition to its performances.

Its timeless design made the Chimaera a classic car, loved by anyone who drove it. Its round headlights and the lower-mounted air-intake to cool the engine were also part of the design culture of the British carmaker. In addition to that, a set of tiny air-inlets adorned the side of the front bumper, under the turn signals, to get some air to the front brakes. With its long hood and raked windshield, the roadster offered a sportscar appearance but with a flair of exclusivity. Its waved-shaped sideline was not precisely a coke-bottle design, but close enough. At the back, the carmaker installed four lamps under a lens, in a unique design not met on any other car.

The leather-wrapped interior offered a luxurious experience for the driver and the side passenger. An expansive center console divided the cabin into two distinct areas, while the elongated dashboard sported genuine wood trims and six dials.

Under the hood, the carmaker installed a 3.5-liter V8 from Rover but later on, it replaced it with a 4.0-liter powerplant from the same source. The manual transmission was the only option available.

TVR Chimaera 1992 - 2001 3 Photos
TVR Chimaera (1992 - 2001)TVR Chimaera (1992 - 2001)TVR Chimaera (1992 - 2001)
TVR Chimaera 1992 - 2001
  5 gasoline engines
  • 4.0L 400 V8 5MT (243 HP)
  • 4.0L HC 400 V8 5MT (279 HP)
  • 430 V8 5MT (284 HP)
  • 450 V8 5MT (289 HP)
  • 500 V8 5MT (245 HP)

TVR Chimaera 4.0L 400 V8 5MT (243 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.0L 400 V8 5MT (243 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
3950 cm3
Power
178.7 KW @ 5250 RPM
243 HP @ 5250 RPM
240 BHP @ 5250 RPM
Torque
270 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
366 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.1 gallons (57.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
152 mph (245 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/55 ZR15 // 245/45 ZR16
DIMENSIONS
Length
158.1 in (4016 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
47.8 in (1214 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.5/57.5 in (1,461/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
90 in (2286 mm)
Ground Clearance
5 in (127 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2315 lbs (1050 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2866 lbs (1300 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
19.6 mpg US (12 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
285.6 g/km

TVR Chimaera 4.0L HC 400 V8 5MT (279 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.0L HC 400 V8 5MT (279 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
3950 cm3
Power
205.2 KW @ 5500 RPM
279 HP @ 5500 RPM
275 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
305 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
414 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.1 gallons (57.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
158 mph (254 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/55 ZR15 - 245/45 ZR16 (front/rear)
DIMENSIONS
Length
158.1 in (4016 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
47.8 in (1214 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.5/57.5 in (1,461/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
90 in (2286 mm)
Ground Clearance
5 in (127 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2337 lbs (1060 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2866 lbs (1300 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
12.4 mpg US (19 L/100Km)
Highway
21.4 mpg US (11 L/100Km)
Combined
15.7 mpg US (15 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
357 g/km

TVR Chimaera 430 V8 5MT (284 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  430 V8 5MT (284 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4250 cm3
Power
208.9 KW @ 5500 RPM
284 HP @ 5500 RPM
280 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
305 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
414 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.1 gallons (57.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
158 mph (254 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/55 ZR15 - 245/45 ZR16 (front/rear)
DIMENSIONS
Length
158.1 in (4016 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
47.8 in (1214 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.5/57.5 in (1,461/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
90 in (2286 mm)
Ground Clearance
5 in (127 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2337 lbs (1060 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2866 lbs (1300 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
12.4 mpg US (19 L/100Km)
Highway
21.4 mpg US (11 L/100Km)
Combined
15.7 mpg US (15 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
357 g/km

TVR Chimaera 450 V8 5MT (289 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  450 V8 5MT (289 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4546 cm3
Power
212.6 KW @ 5500 RPM
289 HP @ 5500 RPM
285 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
310 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
420 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.1 gallons (57.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
162 mph (261 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/55 ZR15 - 245/45 ZR16 (front/rear)
DIMENSIONS
Length
158.1 in (4016 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
47.8 in (1214 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.5/57.5 in (1,461/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
90 in (2286 mm)
Ground Clearance
5 in (127 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2337 lbs (1060 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2866 lbs (1300 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.1 mpg US (18 L/100Km)
Highway
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)
Combined
16.8 mpg US (14 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
333.2 g/km

TVR Chimaera 500 V8 5MT (245 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  500 V8 5MT (245 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4988 cm3
Power
253.7 KW @ 5500 RPM
345 HP @ 5500 RPM
340 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
320 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
434 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
15.1 gallons (57.2 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
175 mph (282 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/55 ZR15 - 245/45 ZR16 (front/rear)
DIMENSIONS
Length
158.1 in (4016 mm)
Width
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Height
47.8 in (1214 mm)
Front/rear Track
57.5/57.5 in (1,461/1,461 mm)
Wheelbase
90 in (2286 mm)
Ground Clearance
5 in (127 mm)
Cargo Volume
10.9 cuFT (309 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2337 lbs (1060 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2866 lbs (1300 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
12.4 mpg US (19 L/100Km)
Highway
21.4 mpg US (11 L/100Km)
Combined
15.7 mpg US (15 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
357 g/km
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