Morgan, the family-owned British carmaker known for using wood in the chassis and body of its hand-built cars, has announced plans for its most extreme road-going car in its 100-year history.
Inspired by Morgan’s GT3 motorsports successes, the Aero GT will bring Aero 8 production to an end, with an 8-car limited series (with customer-requested bespoke features), and yes, all the cars are already spoken for, even though the car won’t make its official debut until next spring’s Geneva Motor Show.
“One of our greatest strengths as a brand is our ability to be responsive and create a hand-built car which is truly bespoke to each customer,” said Steve Morris, Managing Director of Morgan Motor Company. “Every Morgan is built to an exacting specification and is bespoke to each customer, as their personality is displayed in every detail. A great deal of emotion is invested in every decision and this experience is only enhanced by the joy of then driving such powerful and unique vehicles. The Aero GT is the ultimate ensemble of this formula.”
The car was originally conceived during development of the Aero 8, back at the turn of the century, but never saw the light of day until now.
“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,” said Jon Wells, Morgan’s head of design.
Like the Aero 8 on which it’s based, the Aero GT features hand-worked aluminum panels (Aero 8 was the first Morgan car to have an aluminum chassis and frame, instead of wood), but these have been reworked to give the GT a unique look. Among the changes are new wing top louvres, deep side impressions, and rear diffuser (contributing to reductions in drag and an increase in downforce).
Like the Aero 8, power will be supplied by BMW’s 367-hp 4.8-litre V-8, harnessed by a 6-speed manual. Zero to 100 km/h takes just 4.5 seconds, and top speed is 274 km/h. The GT also marks the end of the line for the normally aspirated engine, which is no longer in production.