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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Exotic

When the British car manufacturer TVR introduced the Tuscan, it didn't consider that its customers would like more power for the light and agile sports car.

Yet, they asked for it!

In 2001, TVR unveiled a higher-powered version of the Tuscan, named Tuscan S. It was a similar car as its lower-powered sibling but brought more tire-shredding torque to the rear wheels. And, just like its brother, it wasn't offered with a standard stability-control nanny to keep the driver safe on the road.

TVR built the Tuscan in an old-fashion way, by hand. There were no industrial robots or special computerized tools to machine the vehicle, but there were a bunch of high-skilled workers who put passion and pride in their work. Finally, the Tuscan S looked like no other car on the road. Except for its non-S version, obviously. Its triple headlamps on each front fender were completed by a tiny additional round light for the DRL system. The holes in the front bumper were made to make the front end lighter. Since the carmaker built the Tuscan S on a chassis, it offered it with a targa-roof, which required a one-person job to remove and store it in the trunk.

Inside, the Tuscan S featured a carefully crafted interior that combined leather, polished aluminum, and polished brass. Its buttons looked like they were taken from a jewelry shop, not from a car manufacturer. Still, TVR didn't consider to re-arrange the pedals or installing an automatic transmission, so it was still difficult to drive.

Under the hood, TVR installed a straight-six, 4.0-liter gasoline engine that produced 390 hp. It was the most powerful naturally aspirated engine in the world. It was like a go-kart on steroids.

TVR Tuscan S 2001 - 2005 9 Photos
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TVR Tuscan S 2001 - 2005
  1 gasoline engine
  • 4.0L 5MT (394 HP)

TVR Tuscan S 4.0L 5MT (394 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.0L 5MT (394 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
3996 cm3
Power
290 KW @ 7000 RPM
394 HP @ 7000 RPM
389 BHP @ 7000 RPM
Torque
310 lb-ft @ 5250 RPM
420 Nm @ 5250 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
190 mph (306 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/35 ZR18 (front) - 245/40 ZR18 (rear)
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.7 in (4234 mm)
Width
71.3 in (1811 mm)
Height
47.2 in (1199 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.9/59.1 in (1,445/1,501 mm)
Wheelbase
93 in (2362 mm)
Ground Clearance
4 in (102 mm)
Cargo Volume
9.7 cuFT (275 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2425 lbs (1100 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2821.9 lbs (1280 kg)
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