With the installation of the light alloy V8 engine a new model was introduced in August 1979 for the North American market only. Produced alongside the TR7, the TR8 was available in coupe and convertible versions up to October 1981.
The total cars produced was limited to 2715 units only. Fuel-injected versions were produced for the California market.
Engine – 8 Cylinder V8 – 88.9 mm x 71 mm – 3528cc
Power – 148 bhp (111kw) DIN at 5100 rpm, with Twin Zenith Stromberg Carburettors