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PostHeaderIcon Morgan Aero GT

Introduced in 2001, the Aero 8 marked the beginning of a new era for Morgan. Not only was it the first new design since 1948, the Aero 8 was also the company’s first vehicle to use an aluminum chassis and frame instead of its traditional wooden body tun and steel chassis combo. It was kept in production until 2010, when Morgan launched the AeroMax coupe and the SuperSports Targa, and revived in 2015 with mild updates. Come 2018, and the Aero 8 is getting the axe again, but this time around production will end with a more extreme iteration that’s called the Aero GT. The big unveiling will take place at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, but Morgan has already released some of the details.

The Aero GT is described as a “gloves off” model, and Morgan says it was developed using the lessons learned from the company’s GT3 racing victories. All told, it’s Morgan’s most extreme road-going model to date. The Aero GT is far from new though, as it was conceived during the development of the 2015 Morgan Aero 8. Morgan doesn’t say whether it wanted to shelve the project or not at first, but the Aero GT never saw the light of day until now. With production of the Aero 8 slated to come to an end this year, Morgan will close the production line with eight examples of the Aero GT. Let’s see what this new sports car has to offer in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aero GT.

Morgan Aero GT Exterior

  • Le Mans-inspired features
  • Louvered front fenders
  • Aggressive rear diffuser
  • “GT” badges
  • Custom features


“The most striking new feature is the louvered top of the rounded front fenders, a first for a road-going Aero model”

Although the teaser images and video don’t reveal much of the car, we can see a few new details onto the sides. The most striking feature is the louvered top of the rounded front fenders, a first for a road-going Aero model. The features is borrowed from the race-spec Aero 8 cars that Morgan raced at Le Mans in the 2000s, but they’re slightly smaller. The sides of the fenders were also reshaped in order to include an extra vents, yet another design cue takes on the Le Mans cars.

The split engine hood has new quick-release pins at the bottom and a “GT” badge at the top, toward the A-pillar. The wheels also appear to be new. The design includes a multi-spoke and five-lug layout, while the tires seem to be very thin and likely developed for increased track performance. Morgan says that updates also include an aggressive rear diffuser, but there’s no sight of it in these photos. The front bumper should also sport a few updates, like extra vents and a revised shape.

All these changes, which are supposed to reduce drag while increasing downforce, were made by hand from new aluminum panels. Yeah, the Aero GT was developed and build the old-fashioned way, which is pretty cool now that most sports cars are made by robots and CNC machines.

Morgan Aero GT Interior

  • Vintage interior
  • Leather appointments
  • Possible carbon-fiber trim
  • Race-inspired features
  • Highly customizable

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Note: Morgan Aero 8 interior pictured here.

“The dashboard will still have the classy design with conventional instrument gauges and several buttons and switches on the center stack”

No teaser for the interior yet, but I’m not expecting the Aero 8’s layout to change very much for the GT. The dashboard will still have the classy design with conventional instrument gauges and several buttons and switches on the center stack, and even the wood trim on the top of the dash and door panels. The center console is also covered in wood on the standard model, but it remains to be seen if Morgan will keep this features on the GT. Wood usually become pretty heavy in large quantities, so Morgan might opt to replace it with aluminum or even carbon-fiber.

The seats and the door panels come wrapped in fine leather on the regular model, but we might see the hyde replaced by Alcantara for a more race-inspired look. Other changes should include race-spec, heavily bolstered seats, new shifter and brake lever, and a bespoke instrument cluster. I’m actually curious to see if Morgan ditches the analog clocks for a digital instrument cluster. It would make sense on a race-inspired car, but the British could opt to keep things vintage. Also look for special badges and references to the Aero’s racing career.

Morgan Aero GT Drivetrain

  • 4.8-liter V-8 engine
  • 367 horsepower
  • 370 pound-feet of torque
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds
  • Top speed at 170 mph

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“The Aero GT will draw its juice from the same 4.8-liter V-8 engine that Morgan has been using in the Aero since day one”

The Aero GT will draw its juice from the same 4.8-liter V-8 engine that Morgan has been using in the Aero since day one. The unit in question is actually BMW’s N62 mill, which was introduced in 2001. The final 4.8-liter iteration, called the N62B48, was first launched in 2003 and used in models such as the BMW X5, 5 Series, 6 Series, and the Wiesmann GT MF4. BMW stopped using it in 2010, which makes Morgan the last carmaker to still use. Likewise, the Aero GT will be last production car to get its oomph from this unit.

Speaking of oomph, the V-8 carries over unchanged from the standard Aero 8, producing the same 367 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque. The sprint to 62 mph takes 4.5 seconds, which makes it just as quick as the standard model. Top speed is also identical at 170 mph, as are the fuel economy ratings of 16 mpg city and 32 mpg highway (on the British cycle). The engine mates to the same six-speed manual transmission, also borrowed from BMW.

Granted, it’s a bit disappointing that there are no performance gains with the GT badge, but it’s understandable that Morgan doesn’t want to alter the engine for a very limited-edition run.

Morgan Aero GT Prices

No work on pricing yet, but with the Aero 8 priced at more than £100,000, the Aero GT should fetch in excess of £150,000 before options. It does matter that much anyway, as all eight Aero GT models are already accounted for by existing Morgan customers. Each example will be individually tailored to each owner and will each leave the factory with bespoke customer-requested additions.

Morgan Aero GT Competition

David Brown Automotive Speedback GT


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When it comes to modern cars with retro styling and V-8 power, there aren’t many choices to consider. Many automakers stay away from retro styling for performance cars, while others have downsized their engines and use mostly V-6 or four-cylinder powerplants. An exception from this rule is David Brown Automotive, a company founded in 2013 by David Brown, a British businessman that has nothing to do with Sir David Brown, the former owner of Aston Martin. The brand’s first model, the Speedback GT, was developed in a similar way to the Morgan Aero, blending a retro-inspired design with modern underpinnings. Built on the Jaguar XK’s alloy platform, it takes cues from both the Jaguar XKR and Aston Martin DB5, and it’s fitted with luxury features and a supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8. The mill is rated at 503 ponies and 461 pound-feet of torque and mates to a six-speed automatic transmission, enabling the coupe to hit 62 mph from a standing start in 4.6 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph. The whole car is built by hand while the aluminum panels are hand-rolled on an English wheel, so it’s as authentic as they get. The only drawback here is that the Speedback GT costs a whopping £495,000 before taxes and options.

Read our full story on the 2015 David Brown Automotive Speedback GT.

Conclusion


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Needless to say, the Morgan Aero 8 isn’t your typical sports car. The “love it or hate it” design and the very limited production run keep it in a niche of its own, while the expensive sticker turns it into more of an occasional toy than a daily driver. The Aero GT model add a race-inspired twist to all of the above to mark the end of the nameplate. The unique character of this car makes it a bit sad to see it go away, but I must admit that it looks a bit dated now that it’s already 18 years old. At the same time, it’s a bit ironic that Morgan is discontinuing its more recent model, but a new-generation Aero should be just around the corner. I will be back to update this piece as soon as the Aero GT breaks cover at the Geneva Motor Show.

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    • * Already sold out
    • * A bit dated
    • * The end of the Aero model

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PostHeaderIcon Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition

If you enjoy wearing a cap, leather jacket, and driving gloves to break the brisk English air whilst on an open-air drive to afternoon tea at the local Lord’s manor, then perhaps a Morgan is the proper automobile for you.

Steeped in British automotive history, Morgan is a holdout to the legacy days of automobiles. Its Plus 8 model features a hand-built body that harks back to designs of the 1930s while its aluminum chassis and 4.8-liter BMW V-8 add modern reliability and performance. But the days of this naturally aspirated V-8 are coming to a close at Morgan. To celebrate the free-breathing engine’s last hurrah, Morgan is building 50 special edition models of the Plus 8, appropriately called the Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition.

Morgan is set to debut the Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show on March 6. In anticipation of the debut, the British automaker released a teaser video showing only a few dimly lit details.

Continue reading for more information.

Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition Teaser Video


Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition Exterior


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“Going back into Morgan history, the blue color is very similar to Morgan’s first Plus 8 built in 1968 known as the MMC11.”

There isn’t much to see in the teaser video, but what is visible tells a big story. The car is clearly the Morgan Plus 8 in all its iconic glory. The curvy fenders, the laid-back grille, the old-school flat gauges – it’s all there. The biggest visual difference is its blue lacquered paint color with yellow accents.

Going back into Morgan history, the blue color is very similar to Morgan’s first Plus 8 built in 1968 known as the MMC11. The 50th Anniversary Edition’s hand-painted yellow accents give the car an appearance reminiscent of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron.

In addition to the blue and yellow paint scheme, a white 8 is seen on the wire-mesh grille, capped by gloss black vertical slats. There is also a tow point marker painted in the yellow accent color.

Steve Morris, Managing Director of Morgan Motor Company, said, “This 50th Anniversary Edition is a fitting illustration of the Plus 8’s beauty and finesse, coupled with raw exhilaration and capability. Performance has underpinned every one of the Plus 8s that have driven out of our factory gates for 50 years and we’re excited to reveal the car in full in Geneva.”

As Morris said, we’ll know more as the Geneva Motor Show gets started on March 6, so stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for more information as it becomes available.

Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition Interior


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Note: Standard Morgan Plus 8 pictured here.

The Morgan Plus 8 has a uniquely spartan yet leather-lined cabin built for the sole enjoyment of driving. The minimalist approach means there are no extraneous gadgets or large screens to distract from driving or the roadster’s iconic appearance.

We don’t know what Morgan has planned for the 50h Anniversary Edition, but we wouldn’t be surprised by special leather upholstery with detailed stitching or exclusive colors. And since there will only be 50 examples built, expect a commemorative plaque specifically number for each car.

Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition Drivetrain


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“Like the Morgan Plus 8s built since 2012, the 50th Anniversary Edition will come powered by a 4.8-liter BMW V-8”

Like the Morgan Plus 8s built since 2012, the 50th Anniversary Edition will come powered by a 4.8-liter BMW V-8 likely making the same 367 brake horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque. While that’s not incredibly powerful, the car only weighs 2,689 pounds, so its performance is impressively good. The sprint to 60 mph will take only 4.5 seconds and its top speed will be 155 mph.

Customers can choose the standard six-speed manual transmission or the optional ZF six-speed automatic transmission. Like any good roadster, the Morgan Plus 8 is rear-wheel drive.

Conclusion


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The Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition should prove to be a popular attraction at the 2018 Geneva show. It should also prove to be extremely popular with collectors, too. Morgan has not announced when the order books open, but we’re guessing it won’t take long to fulfill all 50 orders.

Price is also a mystery for this special edition. Considering the standard Plus 8 starts around £70,000 ($97,800 U.S. dollars) before options or customization, we’d bet the 50th Anniversary model will be rather expensive.

Of course, we’ll know more come March 6, so stick around for that.

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    • * Too dated?

PostHeaderIcon Morgan Aero GT Teased as Aero 8’s Swan Song

Marking the end of Aero 8 production at Pickersleigh Road factory, Morgan Motor Company announced the launch of a very special, very limited model. The race-inspired Morgan Aero GT, set for debut at Geneva Motor Show in March, 2018, is a hard-core, or “gloves off,” variant of the Aero 8. 

Though the car is yet to be revealed in full we have been given almost full details about the Morgan Aero GT. This being the swan song to the Aero 8 series, production will be limited to 8 units in total, each of which ahs already been spoken for. They all have individual numbers and bespoke customer-requested additions.

Famous for having a wooden chassis, Morgans also feature iconic hand-formed metal body panels. In the case of the Morgan Aero GT these panels are carefully formed to result in a unique look, separate from that of the regular 8s. It features top louvres, deep side impressions and a drastic rear diffuser, and is said to be very aerodynamically efficient… or as efficient as that shape can be. The drivetrain consists of a 367bhp 4.8-litre BMW V8 and six-speed manual gearbox which together propel the sports car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds on to a top speed of 170 mph. The Aero GT is also the last model to feature this naturally-aspirated BMW motor.



Jon Wells, Head of Design at Morgan Motor company said: “The beauty of working so closely with talented sheet metal workers and coachbuilders is that designers are relatively unrestrained in their ability to challenge the forms and their functions. Unlike many, we are able to make truly special limited edition vehicles that really exercise the imagination of the designer and the ability of the craftsman. The Aero range has always offered Morgan the platform to explore the boundaries of mechanical and styling design and I am delighted the family has allowed one of our wildest ideas to become a reality.”

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PostHeaderIcon MG E-Motion Is the Company’s Most Gorgeous Concept to Date

One of England’s most iconic carmakers, MG has had a rather tumultuous history in recent decades. Owned by no fewer than six companies since the late 1980s, including BMW, the brand was revived by China-based SAIC Motor in 2006 and renamed MG Motor UK Limited. Several models followed, including a couple of SUVs, a first for the automaker. But SAIC also developed some daring concept cars, the latest of which is the E-Motion. Launched at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, the E-Motion is MG’s “vision of the future” (oh boy, if I had a penny for each time I heard this phrase) and comes in the shape of a slender, sportback-style two-door coupe. Arguably the most appealing modern MG design to date, the E-Mission combines some of the company’s recent styling cues with several new features. There’s a big “starlight matrix” grille up front, a carbon-fiber splitter, and round headlamps “bringing inspiration from the London Eye,” the giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames. I dig the new face of MG, but I have to admit that I see some Mazda inspiration in there.

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PostHeaderIcon MG E-Motion Is the Company’s Most Gorgeous Concept to Date

One of England’s most iconic carmakers, MG has had a rather tumultuous history in recent decades. Owned by no fewer than six companies since the late 1980s, including BMW, the brand was revived by China-based SAIC Motor in 2006 and renamed MG Motor UK Limited. Several models followed, including a couple of SUVs, a first for the automaker. But SAIC also developed some daring concept cars, the latest of which is the E-Motion. Launched at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, the E-Motion is MG’s “vision of the future” (oh boy, if I had a penny for each time I heard this phrase) and comes in the shape of a slender, sportback-style two-door coupe. Arguably the most appealing modern MG design to date, the E-Mission combines some of the company’s recent styling cues with several new features. There’s a big “starlight matrix” grille up front, a carbon-fiber splitter, and round headlamps “bringing inspiration from the London Eye,” the giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames. I dig the new face of MG, but I have to admit that I see some Mazda inspiration in there.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Start Your Kids Early With Morgan's Kid-Sized Three-Wheeler

Just when you thought that finding different ways to get children engaged in motor racing had run its course, here comes Morgan with a literal vehicle that’s designed specifically for kids. It’s officially called the Morgan EV3 Junior, and it is a true sight to behold.

Before anybody starts questioning the build quality of the EV3 Junior, it’s worth mentioning that this is an actual Morgan, albeit shrunk in size for kids six years or older. It’s got a legitimate carbon fiber body, a wooden dashboard, and a little windscreen. Heck, it even has a hand-stitched leather interior, which I’m pretty sure you won’t see on any Tonka or Little Tykes toy cars.

But here’s the best part about the EV3 Junior: it also has a fully electric powertrain that’s capably of speeds of up to 10 miles per hour. Remember the electric McLaren P1 that McLaren unveiled last year? Its top speed was limited to three mph. Yep, this is the only time in automotive history that you’ll ever hear the words “a Morgan is three times faster than a McLaren” without actually lying about it.

Apart from the impressive build quality and performance credentials of the EV3 Junior, the little Morgan also comes in a choice of three standard colors: Sport Green, Sport Ivory, and Sport Red. If you’re not digging any of the three colors, you can opt to pay a little extra and dress up the car in any color that the British automaker has in its lineup. Even better, Morgan’s also offering sticker packs in case you want to class up the personalization of the car.

All told, the Morgan EV3 Junior is as good as it gets as far as legitimate junior cars are concerned. It’s got a pretty steep cost of $8,432, but for what you’re getting with that amount, I’d say it’s worth some serious consideration.

Those interested in the Morgan EV3 Junior can avail it through a number of means, including through MOrgan’s online shop, any Morgan dealership, or directly from the company’s factory in the UK.

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PostHeaderIcon Morgan Resumes Four-Wheeled Vehicle Sales In The U.S.

British automaker Morgan has announced that its four-wheel models will return to the United States after 10 years of absence through the company’s official U.S. arm, Isis Imports. Previously allowed to sell the 3-Wheeler model only, Isis will, from now on, be able to import the more traditional four-wheeled models thanks to a new law.

The British carmaker has yet to say which models will cross the pond to North America, but it’s likely that customers will have access to some of the vehicles from the Classic lineup, which includes the 4/4, Plus 4, Roadster, and Plus 8.

“While details remain to be finalized, the latest word from the Morgan Motor Company is that they anticipate opening the order books for NEW Morgan cars for the USA, possibly as soon as this summer,” Isis Imports said in a statement. “It is possible that production may begin on USA spec cars before the end of the year.”

Isis Imports is already accepting deposits for four-wheeled Morgans, which are refundable “up until eight weeks prior to the build of your car after your specifications are finalized.”

Pricing information is not available, but expect U.S.-spec Morgans to be a tad more expensive than their British-market counterparts. The most likely vehicle to head this way is the Roadster, which uses a 3.7-liter V-6 rated at 280 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Tipping the scales at only 2,094 pounds, the Roadster hits 62 mph from a standing start in only 5.5 seconds and tops out at 140 mph.

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PostHeaderIcon Morgan 4/4 80th Anniversary Edition

Henry Frederick Stanley built his own three-wheeled car in 1909, and a year later, Morgan Motor Company began producing its own cars. These odd looking cars had two wheels up front and one in the rear, and were produced up until 1952. But, long before then, Morgan developed its first four-wheel car, the 4/4. Aside from a short shut down during World War II, the 4/4 has been continually produced. Now 2016 marks the car’s 80th anniversary.

In 2011, Morgan released the Morgan 4/4 75th anniversary edition, so it is no surprise the Morgan showed up at the Geneva Auto Show this year with another special-edition 4/4 in tow, this time, to celebrate the car’s 80th anniversary. The car has changed a little over the years, but deep down it still has that old-school styling that was popular back in the 1930s. This styling might cause some, especially the younger generations, to dismiss it quickly, but the car deserves a lot more attention than that. It is, after all, the world’s longest running production model.

Morgan is slated to produce just 80 models of the 80th-anniversary edition, complete with special features designed specifically for the special edition model. There is, of course, some personalization available, but you’ll see that the special features included as part of this special edition are more than enough to pay homage to this long-running model. So, now that we’ve talked about the history of the model lets dive in and take a deeper look at the 80th-anniversary edition.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: Morgan EV3 Electric 3-Wheeler

Morgan EV3-0

Nope, this is not a probe car from the next Mad Max movie. It’s a new version of the Morgan three-wheeler powered by an electric motor, called Morgan EV3. And it’s a production model, believe it or not, and no, it doesn’t have wood in it like regular Morgans.

What Morgan EV3 has plenty of is carbon fiber. The extensive use of expensive material means that in spite of having a heavy battery pack and electric motor the car tips the scale at 500 kg. That means the 63 horsepower E-motor can propel this weird little thing from 0 to 60 mph in n less than 9 seconds and on to a top speed of 90 mph.

The EV3 comes with a 20-kWh lithium battery pack which on a full charge and under moderate use can provide a range of up to 150 miles for the three-wheeler. That is more than enough for this vehicle’s intended role which is a fun ride on the weekends. That said, because it’s electric and therefore zero-emission and tax exempt, some buyers might be tempted to use Morgan EV3 as their daily driver around London.

Morgan is yet to release detailed specs and pricing of the EV3, but chances are production will be limited in numbers and the cost dearer than the petrol-powered 3-Wheeler which runs for about 25 grand.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: Morgan EV3 Electric 3-Wheeler

Morgan EV3-0

Nope, this is not a probe car from the next Mad Max movie. It’s a new version of the Morgan three-wheeler powered by an electric motor, called Morgan EV3. And it’s a production model, believe it or not, and no, it doesn’t have wood in it like regular Morgans.

What Morgan EV3 has plenty of is carbon fiber. The extensive use of expensive material means that in spite of having a heavy battery pack and electric motor the car tips the scale at 500 kg. That means the 63 horsepower E-motor can propel this weird little thing from 0 to 60 mph in n less than 9 seconds and on to a top speed of 90 mph.

The EV3 comes with a 20-kWh lithium battery pack which on a full charge and under moderate use can provide a range of up to 150 miles for the three-wheeler. That is more than enough for this vehicle’s intended role which is a fun ride on the weekends. That said, because it’s electric and therefore zero-emission and tax exempt, some buyers might be tempted to use Morgan EV3 as their daily driver around London.

Morgan is yet to release detailed specs and pricing of the EV3, but chances are production will be limited in numbers and the cost dearer than the petrol-powered 3-Wheeler which runs for about 25 grand.

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PostHeaderIcon Morgan Plans To Build Hybrid And Electric Models From 2019

Add Morgan to the growing list of automakers who are gearing up for a future model lineup that includes hybrid and electric vehicles. The British automaker has announced its intention to develop a series of hybrid and EV models that it plans to launch by 2019. While it’s not as big of a company as some of the giants in the business, Morgan is still making that leap, thanks in large part to securing funding from the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre.

The company is also tapping into its partnerships with Delta Motorsport and Potenza Technology to invest £6 million ($8.5 million) in the development of new technologies, including hybrid and EV powertrains.

Morgan managing director Steve Morris told Autocar that the company has already invested time and money to get to this point, specifically touching on the research and development of new propulsion technologies that it has been doing for close to a decade now.

While it’s certainly hard to envision Morgan becoming as big in hybrids and EVs as the Toyotas and BMWs of the world, the company knows what its targets are and is sticking to it, including appealing to its key markets and attracting new customers.

Only time will tell if Morgan will be able to get where it needs to go, but there’s plenty of reason to believe that with the industry evolving into one that places a premium on delivering improved fuel economy and efficiency, there’s no time like today – and the future – for Morgan to go all-in on this endeavor.

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PostHeaderIcon Morgan AR Plus 4 Goes Official

Morgan AR Plus 4-0

So following yesterday’s teaser, Morgan Motor Company unveiled their latest creation, the Morgan AR Plus 4, at Silverstone Classic 2015. It’s a full-blooded sports car the AR Plus 4, pitched as a track car that you can drive on the road. It is built by Morgan’s racing arm AR Motorsport.

Powering the Morgan AR Plus 4 is a 2.0 liter four-cylinder Cosworth engine which at 224bhp is the most powerful 2.0 liter unit ever fitted to a Morgan. That doesn’t sound like much power, but then the car doesn’t weight much either. All in, the AR 4 tips the scale at 900 kg.

Since it is meant mainly for track use, Morgan AR Plus 4 comes with re-tuned chassis and suspension that make it a much sharper handling car than the normal Plus 4. It also gets better brakes, adjustable shocks, and lightweight 16-inch wheels with high-performance tires. The upshot of all this is you get a car that looks like a 50s classic but drives as well as a Porsche 911.

It is rather pointless to talk about styling when the subject is a Morgan, because they all look the same and it’s a look they’ve been rocking since God knows how many years ago. But an interested eye will notice the AR 4 is wearing a bit of mascara in form of black accents around its headlights and the grille. The car also has a fully loaded plush leather interior. That is there to justify the £55,000 asking price.

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PostHeaderIcon Morgan AR Plus 4 to Debut at Silverstone Classic

Morgan AR Plus 4-teaser

Morgan Motor Company announced the launch of a new limited edition model at the Silverstone Classic this weekend. To be built by AR Motorsport, the new track-inspired model is called Morgan AR Plus 4 and it celebrates the 65th anniversary of the Plus 4.

With a limited production run of just 50 units, Morgan AR Plus 4 is a track-focused road car designed and built by Morgan’s Motorsport arm AR using a 225bhp 2.0 liter Cosworth engine which is the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever used by Morgan. Being a celebratory model, the AR 4 will come fully loaded with a plush interior in spite of the fact that it is essentially a track car.

Stay tuned for more details and the first pictures of the Morgan AR Plus 4 later today.

The post Morgan AR Plus 4 to Debut at Silverstone Classic appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Morgan Will Bring Electric 3 Wheeler At Goodwood Festival of Speed

It’s a well-known scientific fact that the Morgan 3 Wheeler is the greatest car in the world. By modern standards, this tiny roadster with a missing wheel is archaic. With an 82 horsepower motorcycle engine, it’s not particularly fast. Its chassis is constructed using techniques from the 1930s. It doesn’t have an infotainment system or even an AM radio. Those might sound like negatives, but brought together they make for one of the most fun and engaging cars on sale today.

Now Morgan has a new 3 Wheeler called the EV3, that ditches the V-twin engine and replaces it with an electric motor and battery pack in the rear. Morgan says the electric drivetrain is good for 75 kW, the equivalent of 100 horsepower, and has range of about 150 miles. At a featherweight 992 pounds, it’s also a good bit lighter than the gas-powered 3 Wheeler, which is about 160 pounds heavier.

The lack of a V-twin hanging off the front helps simplify styling, and the polished-aluminum body and disc front wheels make it look like a shrunken version of something you might see streaking across the Bonneville Salt Flats. Overall, the subtle, yet effective changes give a sort of 1950s-retro-futurist feel.

Only a concept for now, the EV3 will be shown later this month at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s currently in development and a production version is planned for the end of 2016. Like the regular 3 Wheeler, Morgan says production EV3s will be bespoke-built to order.

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PostHeaderIcon Vilner Morgan Plus 8 Interior Package Revealed

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To those with a good knowledge of what’s going on in the world of exotic car tuning, the name Vilner is synonymous with the finest interior work in the business. The Bulgarian firm has already proven itself many times, and now they do it again for good measure with the Vilner Morgan Plus 8.

What they’ve done here is take in a normal Plus 8 which is famous for many things – such as driving pleasure, wooden chassis, good engine, but not a very good interior – and fit it with a elements inside the cabin that would feel right at home inside a Bentley or a Rolls-Royce.

Vilner Morgan Plus 8 features a hefty amount of brown leather with contrast stitching on pretty much any surface that you can feel or touch. The only exceptions are the floor, which is black Alcantara, and the dashboard which is made from thick wood. Meanwhile all the dials and gages have received a nice chrome treatment to complement their traditional white faces.

Vilner Morgan Plus 8 is a 2003 model powered by a 200 horsepower V8 engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. These cars are famous for having wooden chassis that rot easily, so here’s hoping this one’s in good order.

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PostHeaderIcon XCAR Reviews Morgan Plus 8 Speedster: Video

Morgan is very much a unique car company: it makes cars you either love or hate. The folks at XCar are definitely in the love-it camp, and in this video, they not only say it, but also show it by taking a roofless model out for a test drive in January. That’s something you’re likely to do only if you really love a car. This enthusiasm is understandable though, especially given the fact that this is one of only 60 units of the Plus 8 Speedster that Morgan will build.

The car is special edition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the company, which is still family owned after a century of operation. It manages this by having its niche more or less all to itself, building cars by hand that have the appearance of machines from the 1930s. It’s an odd approach, but it has clearly worked for them, and the cars have a definite charm to them. It might be strange to feel nostalgic for a time you probably weren’t alive for, but Morgan can make sure that you at least have fun doing it.

XCAR Reviews Morgan Plus 8 Speedster: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 24 April 2015 07:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Morgan Aero 8

Introduced in 2001, the Aero 8 was notable for several reasons. First, it was the first new Morgan design since 1948. Second, it was also the first Morgan to employ an aluminum chassis and frame as opposed to the wooden body tub and steel chassis in previous models. It was also criticized for its “crosseyed” headlamps, which Morgan fixed in 2007. Replaced by the Aero SuperSports and Aero Coupe, the Aero 8 just made a comeback at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. as Morgan’s range-topping roadster model.

Obviously based on the current Aero Coupe, the Aero 8 features similar exterior styling, an almost identical cockpit, and a BMW-sourced V-8 engine. Of course, the Aero 8 comes with a few unique features of its own and plenty of options buyers can use to customize their roadster into a one-of-a-kind rig. The new Aero 8 will hit showrooms as a limited-edition model for the 2016 model year, when Morgan celebrates 15 years since launching the nameplate, but don’t get your hopes up on seeing it in the U.S. any time soon.

Updated 03/03/2015: Morgan unveiled the 2015 Aero 8 at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and announced it will enter production in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Morgan Aero 8.

Morgan Aero 8 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 3 March 2015 08:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Morgan Teases its Geneva Debut One More Time

The 2015 Geneva Auto Show is nearly here, as it kicks off for the media on March 3rd and the general public on March 5th. There are tons of debuts scheduled for the event, one of which happens to be a new Morgan. Morgan, which is best known for its retro-inspired creations, appears to be rolling into Geneva with yet another classic-looking piece with modern greasy bits.

From the shadowy image that the small British automaker released, I can see that this is an extreme cab-rearward design, which leads me to believe that this is a modified version of the Aero Coupe with a notchback instead of the typical fastback look. The seats sit just fore of the rear axle, while the hood is seemingly a mile long. The sides are accented by a swoopy sill that starts from the front wheel arch and slowly descends as it stretches back to the rear fender. This thing looks like it’s straight from a 1930’s gangster movie and should have some short-fused dude named Bugsie driving it.

In the video below, we also get a nice look at its interior and an earful of its burbling exhaust note. Clearly, this thing is packing some turbocharged heat, with the likely candidate being a BMW-sourced twin-turbo V-8.

Stay tuned, as this model will debut in just a few days, and we’ll be sure to bring you all of the details.

Continue reading to learn more about this new car.

Morgan Teases its Geneva Debut One More Time originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 09:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Video: Morgan Teases Its Geneva Debut

About a couple of weeks ago, Morgan — you know, the British company that keeps building cars like it’s 1950 — announced it will launch a new model at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. A teaser photo was also released with the statement, but other than showcasing the front fascia of an Aero Coupe/Supersports model, the shadowy image provided no hints as to what to expect in Geneva. Now, Morgan has published yet another teaser, this time around in the form of a 35-second clip. There aren’t many hints in this one either, but the video does show a pair of leather-wrapped seats with diamond quilting. Morgan quality at its best!

Fortunately, the video’s soundtrack provides a bit more info. Specifically, it tells us the new vehicle also comes with a turbocharged V-8 engine, although there have been rumors that Morgan might opt for a V-6. The new Morgan sounds downright gorgeous, with its engine boasting a mix of classic V-8 roar and race-like popping and cracking. I’ll give you a moment.

Sounds exhilarating, doesn’t it?

So what are we actually listening to? The folks over at Jalopnik quote Morgan’s Chief of Design Jon Wells saying this new car is “an evolution of the Aero. A car that celebrates 15 years since the launch of the Aero platform.” If that’s any indication, Morgan is again using a BMW-sourced V-8 engine, most likely an updated version from the Munich’s new line of M models. Bring it on!

Video: Morgan Teases Its Geneva Debut originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 16 February 2015 18:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Morgan Teases New Model For Geneva

British manufacturer Morgan has announced it will launch a new model at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. The single teaser image Morgan has released so far suggests that the new vehicle could be related to the Aero Coupe and Aero Supersport models. Both represent a significant departure from the company’s traditional styling, seen on models such as the 4/4 and the Plus 8, featuring integrated fenders and front bumper, as well as a heavily revised rear end. Judging by the preliminary teaser (shown above), the Brits are likely to showcase the new version of the Aero in Geneva.

With no actual clue as to the identity of the new sports car except for the Aero front end, I’m inclined to believe this Morgan won’t be an all-new car, but rather a slightly revised Aero with a new engine. The current Aero roster is motivated by BMW-sourced, 4.8-liter V-8 engines the Germans stopped using in the X5 SUV and the 5 Series sedan five years ago. With these mills unlikely to pass future emissions standards, Morgan may have developed or borrowed a new engine for the Aero series.

Click past the jump to read more about Morgan’s new model.

Morgan Teases New Model For Geneva originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 4 February 2015 17:00 EST.

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