Less well known in North America than in other parts of the world, most notably the UK, Germany and Europe as a whole, TVR is an independant British manufacturer of sports cars, usually built using another company’s engine (particularly Rover). The 1995 TVR Cerbera, however, had an engine designed by TVR which was quite exceptional. Although it had performance just as impressive as any supercar, it was a very affordable car (relatively speaking) that billed itself as a 2+2. It was certainly roomy enough, and was well enough made that it didn’t show how many of its parts had been cannibalized from other projets.
Unlike previous models of TVR, which relied on engines from other manufacturers (Rover, Triumph, Ford), the Cerbera was equipped with its own bespoke engine: and exceptional 75 degree V8, 4.2-liters of displacement and a power output of 350 horsepower. It was enough to power the Cerbera to a top speed well in excess of 180 miles per hour, and do the 0-60 in 4 seconds flat, superb figures by any standards. The fact that the Cerbera cost no more than a big executive sedan helped, too.
Of course, nothing last forever, and the Cerbera saw its last year of regular production in 2003. The 1995 TVR Cerbera remains a beautiful, rare and special car nonetheless.