The S2 entered the motoring scene in 1989. It was also known as the 2.9S or 290S. It was an improvement of the S1 model with numerous minor changes, enhanced refinement and OZ seven spoke alloys — different from what the S1 had. Its 2.9 litre i engine was taken from the Ford Sierra.
The S2 chassis is basically the same as the S1, except that the trailing arms are slightly different. This improved the anti-squat aspect of the chassis and made the car better balanced and a bit more forgiving as it tends to suffer less from the dreaded weight transference. The ride height was improved and, generally, they are fine handling cars to drive.
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The S chassis is a tubular steel frame, which is prone to rusting. The early S1 and S2 versions have no mudguards at the front wheels and, although the chassis is covered by a polymer finish, this covering falls off and cracks. Thus, there is always the possibility that the chassis has been rust-damaged.
There were several S2 optional features offered including standard half leather and full leather, wooden gear knob and steering wheel, as well as adjustable pedals. Electric windows, particularly on the driver’s side, moved slowly and leaked from the bulkhead; seeping through holes intended for wires and cables. Fortunately, the TVR bodywork does not rust. However, damage on the fibre cannot be avoided, particularly in the earlier versions. Doors also have the tendency to drop and they need careful checking.