Morgan Plus Four CX-T: it’s a wild off-roading Mog! | CAR Magazine

Morgan Plus Four CX-T: it’s a wild off-roading Mog!

Published: 05 August 2021 Updated: 14 February 2022

► Off-road Morgan Plus Four
► Beefy suspension, underbody protection
► Designed with Rally Raid UK experience

Morgan’s made an SUV! Okay, not really, but this is about as close as we’ve gotten to one. This is the new Plus Four CX-T – an off-road spec version of the brand’s four-cylinder sports car.

Morgan has worked with Rally Raid International, which designs and builds Dakar cars, to juice up the Morgan Plus Four for ‘overland adventures.’ Morgan says it’s been working on the CX-T to show just how flexible and durable its CX-Generation platform – that underpins the new Plus Four and Plus Six – really is.

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Most obviously, the CX-T has been given additional lighting at the front and the rear has been completely redesigned with a new frame that’ll hold two additional tyres, tool boxes and two 11-litre containers. Morgan also says you can adapt it to carry surfboards and bikes if you want. Inside, there’s a mount for your phone or GoPro, map light and notebook holder and even a cool bag in the passenger footwell.

morgan cx-t interior

But the most serious upgrades are obviously under that classic body shape. Morgan has used modified versions of the wishbones on the Plus Six to widen the track, and specifically designed coilovers from EXE-TC (which has designed suspension systems for rally cars) have internal bump stops. The lower suspension arms have upgraded bushes for better durability. A whole load of underbody protection is fitted, too.

morgan cx-t rear

The CX-T also uses BMW’s xDrive system with unique software, meaning this Morgan is all-wheel drive. Morgan says there are three drive modes: Road opens the differential on the rear axle; All-Terrain mode applies 45 per cent of power to the rear wheels; All-Terrain extreme locks the rear diff for an equal power split. The last ratio of the gearbox has been shortened to suit the big knobbly tyres fitted, too.

Can I buy one?!

Just eight CX-Ts will ever be made, costing £170k before any local taxes. You’d better be quick.

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches