It still smells of resin, but this Sagaris is a significant improvement, and feels built to last a bit longer. And it goes sideways for Britain

What’s new?

We reckon the Sagaris represents TVR’s finest hour. It may look like some comic-strip fantasy, but underneath it’s the most thoroughly resolved car to leave the Blackpool gates: unfazed by midcorner bumps, with more compliant steering and monster brakes. For 2007, there’s a fettled version with increased attention to detail and subtle design tweaks to ease the frustrations of our last meeting. There is improved leather and some proper carpet, as distinct from the Alders offcuts used before. Also welcome are more supportive race seats (designed in partnership with Sparco) and a new pedal design that solves our safety and comfort concerns. Outside, rear-facing exhausts replace the original side exit design (to reduce motorway boom and comply with international regulations), there’s a conventional one-piece bonnet, a third-brake light and striking new alloys, wrapped with thinner front tyres to tame the nervous front-end.

What’s it like?

We spent a day and 300 miles with the new Sagaris and, yes, it still smells of resin. And, yes, the fuel filler still blew back. But everything else worked fine, including the electric windows, which for the first time in my TVR career moved consistently, and with a sound and speed to reassure they’d continue working beyond the next 24 hours. And it continued to do what TVRs do best; going like absolute stink, giving a new meaning to ‘engaging’ and going sideways for Britain.

Should I buy one?

On this evidence, TVR is making the steps needed to take the company forward, listening to feedback and working to provide the solutions. It’ll be a tough journey, but they’ve got the right attitude and that’s what counts.

Jamie Corstorphine

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    1 December 2015
    Bentley's big seller has a facelift for 2015 and we've driven it on UK roads for the first time in twin-turbocharged 4.0 V8 form. Is it still the pick of the range?
  • First Drive
    27 November 2015
    We try the turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol version of the Golf Bluemotion. If you're not doing mega miles, it's a better bet than the diesel
  • 2015 Mercedes-AMG A45
    First Drive
    27 November 2015
    Mercedes couldn't let the Audi RS3 get away with having more power than its AMG A45. As part of a wholesale A-Class facelift, it now has 376bhp and a host of other revisions
  • First Drive
    25 November 2015
    More powerful Clubsport version of Volkswagen's iconic hot hatch proves thoroughly entertaining on our track-only first drive in Portugal
  • First Drive
    25 November 2015
    Suzuki has added an automatic diesel powertrain to its S-Cross crossover line-up. Does it offer a compelling choice over the manual versions?