Originally built in the same class, and to compete with the Lotus Elite, the 1982 TVR 350i opened all sorts of new doors for the independent British sports car manufacturer. The TVR 350i was not a subtle car, neither visually nor mechanically. Built to draw attention to itself with its fashionable angular shape, it could hold it when it go it with an excellent performance level. The TVR 350i held the fort at TVR throughout the 80s, with excellent sales, which allowed the manufacturer to develop new models destined to take it to the big leagues.
The original TVR 350i was powered by Rover‘s excellent Vitesse V8, a 3.5-liter engine developing 190 horsepower, and plenty of torque, too. Power was delivered to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission; it provided a spirited drive, too, with a top speed of 138 miles per hour and a 0-60 time of 6 seconds.
Until a few years later, in the mid-90s, the TVRs in general were not held as beautiful cars, more like rapidly-fading eye candy. It didn’t stop them from being expertly designed and built, mechanically speaking. The 1982 TVR 350i is a great example of this.