► Two new Morgans at Geneva motor show
► Aero GT is the ultimate grand tourer
► Plus Plus 8 50th Anniversary edition
The first of Morgan's end-of-the-line Aero GT sports cars have rolled off the production line, and it's one of just eight that will be built. It's also rather blue - Miami Blue to be exact - and is heading for Revolutions Morgan in Scotland. Morgan says that the paint finish 'perfectly complements the aggressive body styling unique to the Aero GT.'
Morgan's latest model comes against a back-drop of ongoing success at Malvern: the company recently announced a 19% increase in revenue after sales of 770 vehicles in 2017.
Morgan Aero GT: specs, details
The racey GT is a limited-edition version of the Aero 8, with hand-crafted panels and extra downforce aplenty.
Power will come from a BMW-derived 4.8-litre V8, with 367bhp-worth of shove being sent through a six-speed manual gearbox. A 0-62mph launch time of 4.5 seconds is possible, as is a top speed of 170mph. Morgan says that since the engine is no longer in production over at Munich, this will be the last hurrah for both the Aero 8 and the naturally-aspirated engine the brand uses.
Just eight Aero GTs will be built but all of them are already sold to existing Morgan customers. Each of the eight cars has been tailor-made to each owner, and all will have ‘bespoke customer-requested additions, in line with Morgan’s hand-crafted approach.’
The Aero GT marks the end of the Morgan Aero 8’s 17-year-long production cycle at Morgan’s Pickersleigh Road production site. Every panel of the bodywork has been hand-shaped by Morgan’s metal workers, and features new wing top louvres and a ‘drastic’ rear diffuser.
And the Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition?
Appropriately enough, 50 Plus 8s will be made in this golden anniversary year. More than 6000 examples of the evergreen V8 have been made since it was first unveiled at the Earls Court show in 1968.
These are also the last Plus 8s to feature the BMW-sourced V8, and are available with manual or automatic transmissions. The blue speedster spec pictured is available, or a British racing green version with a soft-top - and they all come with a Christopher Ward C1 Morgan Plus 8 watch. Very natty.
Prices for the birthday specials are £107,500 each plus local taxes.
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