Tri­umph TR5

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Drive-it Day Special The 50 Greatest Drives - Mike Le Caplain

For many mar­que afi­ciona­dos, the TR5 is the sweet-spot of the Tri­umph TR range, mus­ter­ing as it does the the pre­ced­ing TR4/ TR4A’s gor­geous Mich­e­lotti-penned styling, but with the ad­di­tional thump of a vo­cal 2.5-litre straight-six that was deemed good enough to power the later Kamm-tailed TR6.

And it’s that thug-in-a-John-Phillips suit com­bi­na­tion that makes it so won­der­ful to drive. To the unini­ti­ated, it’s just an­other hand­some old car drip­ping with chrome. But plant the throt­tle at the traf­fic lights and chances are you’ll scare the life out of the spotty oik in the hot hatch along­side you as you dis­ap­pear off into the dis­tance. SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS EN­GINE 2498cc/straight-six/OHV POWER 150bhp@5500rpm TORQUE 164lb ft@3500rpm TOP SPEED 120mph 0-60MPH 8.8sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 18-20mpg TRANS­MIS­SION Rear-wheel drive, four-speed man­ual

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