At the end of the eighties, TVR found itself with two product lines, the wedge-shaped Tasmin-based cars and the newer, but retro-styled 'S' models. As tastes changed, the wedge shaped cars were starting to date badly, and the more rounded 'S' models were starting to outsell them. TVR unveiled the Griffith at the 1990 British Motor Show, with a 4-litre version of Rover's trusty V8 engine mounted on a strengthened TVR 'S' chassis. Public reaction was encouraging with over 300 orders being placed for the new car. The only problem was that even in this form, the 'S' chassis was only ever going to be able to handle around 270bhp, so TVR had to go back to the drawing board and use a shortened chassis from the Tuscan racer, a car which produced well in excess of 400bhp. With TVR now content with the basic foundation of the car, some styling modifications were made and the first cars were delivered to happy owners in early 1992.
Demand for the Griffith dictated that over 70% of the Blackpool factory's production capacity was instantly devoted to Griffith construction, the fact that the Griffith 4.0 was over £2,500 cheaper than the outgoing 400SE 'wedge' effectively sounding the death knell for the older car. For about the price of a 400SE, customers could order the Griffith 4.3, again using the Rover V8 but this time with a bored and tuned version which developed 280bhp. Over seventy percent of Griffith customers opted for the larger engined car. Production of UK Griffiths was temporarily suspended in November 1992 to allow the factory to clear the foreign orders backlog and ramp up production of the new Chimaera model line.
In 1993, TVR launched the Griffith 500. Originally due to use the AJP8 engine of TVR's own design, the Griffith again relied on the Rover V8, due in no small part to the development of the AJP8 falling behind schedule. The car received a facelift with driving lamps mounted low in the front air intake, and OZ wheels were fitted as standard. AT the same time tyre sizes, spring rates and shock absorber settings were adjusted across the range to calm the rear suspension's inherent jitteriness. The 4.0 and 4.3-litre cars were axed in 1993, leaving the Griffith 500 the sole model carrying the flag. With the arrival of the Tuscan Speed Six in 1999, the Griffith's days look numbered.