New Car Debrief: the Morgan Plus 4 AR P4, CAR+ September 2015

Published: 28 August 2015

► AR develop Morgan P4
► Most powerful Plus 4
► User friendly touches

1) Many happy returns 

The Morgan Plus 4 is celebrating 65 years with a limited edition developed by the firm’s racing division, AR Motorsport. Called the AR P4, it wanders dangerously close to Halfords in the looks department, but is packed full of tasty-sounding tuning kit.

2) Cosworth power

Northampton’s most famous F1 engine supplier has whipped up a 225bhp 2.0-litre four, to make this the most powerful Plus 4 ever. The chassis is set up to match, with Spax adjustable dampers, bigger brakes, new axle ratio, and five-link racing suspension. No more leaf springs! Welcome to the 20th century.

3) If looks could kill

As befits a racing special, the AR P4 doesn’t just look different for the sake of it. It gets lightweight wheels, and Morgan has helpfully applied red paint where aluminium has been used in place of the usual steel, principally the front bulkhead and valances. The domed rear panel is a nod to racers past, the diffuser a nod to the aerodynamically conscious present. Matte colours standard.  

4) User friendly 

A new dashboard and extra sound insulation aim to improve the interior experience, while all-LED lights boost confidence at night. Just 50 will be built at £55k apiece. On sale now.

By CJ Hubbard

Former CAR magazine associate editor, road tester, organiser, extremely variable average wheel count