2001 TVR Cerbera 4.5 X25 TVR

The TVR Cerbera is a fully analogue British-built sports car that was the third car manufactured by TVR under the leadership of legendary engineer Peter Wheeler.

Unlike most of its predecessors, the Cerbera was not a convertible and had a 2+2 seat configuration. You could order a Cerbera with either a straight six or a V8 engine, both being produced by TVR themselves – another first for the company.

The AJP8 V8 of this 4.5-litre car is a very special bit of kit. Essentially a race-derived design, the 75-degree V8 featured a flat-plane crankshaft giving the engine a note that was totally unique from the burbling gruff soundtrack you’d associate with most V8 engines.

The GRP/fibreglass body on steel chassis construction means these cars can weigh as little as 1,060kg, meaning seriously impressive performance. Official figures rated the 4.5-litre cars as taking just 4.1 seconds to reach 60mph with a top speed of 185mph.

These cars really do demand respect from a driver. You never got traction control or ABS brakes in a Cerbera, and if it all goes wrong you definitely won’t have airbags either.

Being a TVR, there’s little that’s conventional about this car’s design. From the absence of external and internal doors handles right through to the two-spoke steering wheel, which allowed for instrument dials to be placed directly below the steering column. There’s nothing quite like them.

  • X25 TVR 2001 TVR Cerbera 4.5 side
  • X25 TVR 2001 TVR Cerbera 4.5 front
  • X25 TVR 2001 TVR Cerbera 4.5 front side
  • X25 TVR 2001 TVR Cerbera 4.5 front
  • X25 TVR 2001 TVR Cerbera 4.5 rear
Registration Number:X25 TVR
Model:Cerbera 4.5
First registered (UK):17 January 2001

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Oli Woodman

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