TVR Chimaera 1993-2003


July 3, 2013 By Mike Lee
Last updated on July 31, 2015
TVR Chimaera 5.0
Country
UK
Top Speed (mph)
169
0-60 mph
4.1
0-100 mph
10.5
BHP
320 @5200rpm
Torque lbft
320 @4200rpm
BHP per ton
301
Engine capacity CC/CU
4998/305
Engine type
V8 Fuel Injection
Aspiration
Normal
Valve Type/No
Overhead 16
Transmission (manual/auto)
Manual
No of speeds
5
Wheels driven
RWD
Brakes F/R
Disc/Disc
No. of Seats
2
Length (in)
158.1
Width (in)
73.4
Height (in)
47.4
Kerb Weight (lbs)
2335
Additional Info: Introduced in 1992 and built between 1993 and 2003, the Chimaera is based on the chassis from the Griffith and uses a TVR built Rover V8 and Quaife differential. The name Chimaera is that of a mythological Greek monster. Also available is a 4.0 litre with 240bhp and a 0-60 time of 4.8 secs, a 4.0 litre HC with 275bhp with a 4.7 sec 0-60 time, a 4.3 litre with 280bhp and a 0-60 time of 4.6 secs, a 450 (4.5 litre) with 285 bhp also with a 4.6 sec 0-60 time and a 500 (5.0 litre) as above but with a decat putting out 340bhp/350lbft and a 0-60 time of 4.1 secs. In 1994 the Rover SD1 gearbox was replaced with a Borg-Warner T5 gearbox. A facelift for the Chimaera took place in 1996 with a slightly different front end amongst other minor changes, followed by a 2001 change to the lights. There were approximately 6000 Chimaera’s built.

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