An all-new Morgan comes along about every quarter of a century — there have only been four in the company’s 109-year history — and this year, there’s a new Plus Six, which will have its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, taking on the hill climb.
“It is with great pride that Morgan Motor Company can represent the history and evolution of the automobile in Britain at the nation’s largest, and best loved automotive event,” said Toby Blythe, Morgan Motor Company Head of Marketing. “The Festival of Speed has become a national institution over the last quarter of a century, and we are delighted to have our newest, and most exciting sportscar going up the famed Goodwood hill. The Plus Six’s dynamic global debut is an incredibly significant event in the 110th year of Morgan’s wonderful history, and there is no greater place to present the car than the Goodwood Festival of Speed.”
Morgan is calling the Plus Six, which replaces the outgoing Plus 8 (in hand-built production since 1968 and revised in 2012), the most advanced road Morgan model ever. The look is unmistakable, so the main difference is the new-to-the-marque turbocharged 3.0-litre BMW inline-6 (also used in the new Z4 roadster and Toyota Supra) in place of the Plus 8’s 4.8-litre BMW V-8.
Using an 8-speed automatic, it can cover the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.2 seconds, en route to a top speed of 267 km/h. The powertrain sits on an aluminum CX platform, which still has a wooden frame (just like the first 3-wheeled Morgan a century ago).
The all-new roadster will be piloted up the Goodwood 2-km hill course by F3 Cup racer and Morgan development-driver Shane Kelly for two daily runs on the Festival weekend.