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TVR Sagaris

 
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Overall rating
 
7.6
Build quailty
 
6.0(1)
Reliability
 
7.0(1)
Performance
 
9.0(1)
Handling
 
9.0(1)
Safety & Security
 
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Touring capability (Luggage space, comfort etc)
 
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Main Dealer / Specialist experience?
 
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Servicing costs
 
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Availability of parts
 
7.0(1)
Ease of undertaking DIY work?
 
8.0(1)
Depreciation
 
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Feel good factor
 
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Did the car meet your expectations?
 
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Would you recommend this car?
 
9.0(1)
TVR Sagaris
(Updated: June 23, 2020)
Overall rating
 
7.6
Build quailty
 
6.0
Reliability
 
7.0
Performance
 
9.0
Handling
 
9.0
Safety & Security
 
4.0
Touring capability (Luggage space, comfort etc)
 
5.0
Main Dealer / Specialist experience?
 
8.0
Servicing costs
 
7.0
Availability of parts
 
7.0
Ease of undertaking DIY work?
 
8.0
Depreciation
 
9.0
Feel good factor
 
9.0
Did the car meet your expectations?
 
9.0
Would you recommend this car?
 
9.0
The Sagaris is the last production car built by TVR in any significant numbers (only 3 T400s were built so I will not count these).  While over 200 were made only just over 100 are now registered on UK roads.  At just over a Tonne with 400 BHP as standard the car is no slouch.   Unlike some cars, modifications are not frowned upon and can even increase the value.  Hence mine, for example, has Nitron dampers, Quaife LSD, close ratio gearbox and a 4.1 litre uprated 420 BHP straight six.  When built new these engines had reliability issues, all have now been resolved; but following the correct warm-up procedure is essential.  Generating over 100 BHP per litre this normally aspirated engine is even today hard to beat.   A standout feature of many of these cars is the factory colour schemes, making most cars almost unique.  Indeed mine is one of only 3 in Cascade Indigo; love it or hate it, what you can say is it really suits the car and is a constant talking point, even amongst people who don’t like cars!

Styling is outrageous; Clarkson famously described it as looking like someone had put an axe to the wings; this feature I did not like as these wing cut-outs had their vents filled-in on all production models. Hence another popular modification mine has had is to have these vents put back, but with water drains through tubes, so preventing dirt and stone coming up out of them.  This is a car that stands out; I first noticed it the day I collected it from the Isle of Wight.  A rather traumatic experience driving on and off the Wightlink ferry; but the staff were excellent, putting me on first and directing me carefully on and off.  When driving off the ferry I noticed everyone was watching from the boat and ashore, on the drive back people were hanging out of car windows taking photos.  I have been to many car events, where again people want to see it.  I was on the TVR stand at the NEC Classic Motor show last year and there was a constant stream of people asking questions about it.  

What’s it like to own?   This is my 2nd TVR, my first an older model, was in comparison relatively docile and very reliable, proven by a trip to the Nürburgring and a number of UK tours.  The Sagaris is by comparison a brute and a “Project car”;  I have bought a mid-rise scissor lift for the garage and use it regularly to “tinker and clean”.  I suppose I can say it is reliable, in that fact I have never had to come home on a recovery lorry, it did once fail to start, due to a crank sensor that is from a Ford Escort!  That being said this car is not made from a “parts bin”, just one look at the all bi-spoke aluminium switchgear confirms this.  In practicality terms it is a hatchback (but does not have a huge volume).  Mine has the standard 2 bonnet arrangement that unclips, which is a bit of a pain, a single lifting bonnet is another modification I am considering.

What is it like to drive?  It’s a bit of a brute.  No driver aids – ABS or traction control and no Airbags.  Before you put the power down, put both hands on the steering wheel and hold tight!  It is raw with hard suspension, but very precise handling (the best I have ever experienced), it goes round corners like on rails, using the throttle to turn if necessary.  I will be honest, if I wanted to go on a long journey and be fresh on arrival, I would take the wife’s Cayman S, if I wanted to arrive with a huge smile on my face, l would take the Sag.

In performance and looks I could not ask for more and would not swap it for anything.

Car reviews

Full model designation of your vehicle
Sagaris
Bought it
Used
Model year
2006
Ownership period
1 year
Miles / km driven?
3000
Would you buy from this manufacturer again?
Yes
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