RE: Morgan Aero GT: 2018 Geneva motor show

RE: Morgan Aero GT: 2018 Geneva motor show

Tuesday 6th March

Morgan Aero GT: Geneva 2018

Morgan kicks off Geneva with two limited edition models, bidding farewell to BMW's 4.8-litre V8.



Morgan has unveiled the runout editions of its Plus 8 and Aero 8 models - the final cars to feature BMW's naturally-aspirated N62 V8 engine. The Plus 8, dubbed the 50th Anniversary Edition, has been partially revealed already thanks to a series of teaser shots, but this is our first look at the Aero 8 GT, which will be limited to a production run of just eight cars.

The factory describes the GT as a 'gloves off' variant, and says that they will all be built by the Special Projects division. Lessons learnt from the 2009 GT3 race car have been applied to the model's new design, which is intended to enhance the Aero 8's aerodynamic performance. Alongside wing top louvre vents and a rear diffuser, the car is also available with a carbon fibre hard-top.

"The Aero GT, unlike its predecessors, adopts an unconventionally aggressive aesthetic. However, a purist approach to achieving a design in which 'form follows function' has been rigidly adhered to. This is most apparent in the new additions to the body work," said Jon Wells, Morgan's Head of Design.


"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."

The GT shares its 367hp V8 with the Plus 8, although it is only sold with the manual six-speed gearbox. Each buyer will enjoy an individual design consultancy with Mr Wells, reflecting the amount of personal tailoring that Morgan can accommodate. The model starts at £120,000 (plus tax) and PH understands that all eight have already been sold.

Alternatively, the Plus 8 special edition, which features a number of styling details intended to hark back to the 1968 prototype (including five-stud wheels and leather-sealed wing panels) is priced from £107,500, and is being allocated to Morgan's dealership network. We can't imagine they'll be around for long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
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cib24

Original Poster:

662 posts

89 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Beautiful.

Jual Mass Flywheel

2,667 posts

91 months

Tuesday 6th March
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I've always struggled to 'get' Morgan personally.

Oz83

352 posts

75 months

Tuesday 6th March
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I've never really looked twice at the Aero 8 but that thing looks epic.

To my eyes just the right balance of aggressive GT styling with retro details.

randlemarcus

11,584 posts

167 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Have we got a direct frontal angle photo so we can see if it has lost the cross eyed styling?

Tuvra

7,718 posts

161 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Oz83 said:
I've never really looked twice at the Aero 8 but that thing looks epic.

To my eyes just the right balance of aggressive GT styling with retro details.
Pretty much my feeling's thumbup
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urquattroGus

926 posts

126 months

Tuesday 6th March
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I don't go in for the older Morgans, but the Aero 8 is just beautiful and brutish at the same time, would love one!

Plug Life

945 posts

27 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Strange-looking design mess.

fakenews

403 posts

13 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Plug Life said:
Strange-looking design mess.
Yeah, ugly ugly creation. Look at their real GT car below (or the Supersport homage) in comparison and this thing looks a disaster.






Edited by fakenews on Tuesday 6th March 09:45

Deerfoot

3,922 posts

120 months

Tuesday 6th March
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I'll have the Plus 8 please!

sideways man

541 posts

73 months

Tuesday 6th March
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I like the cabin forward of those limited editions, but the rear view- no thanks, rear of the GT race car has more flowing lines and is much nicer.
I'd love a plus 8 of any age after a passenger track day ride, my god it had grunt in any gear and oversteer on demand. My perfect car.

Podie

45,178 posts

211 months

Tuesday 6th March
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So. Much. Want. (for the Aero GT) lick

andymac

98 posts

219 months

Tuesday 6th March
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Lovely great finale..super rare would have been nice to have a few more built

ravon

525 posts

218 months

Tuesday 6th March
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How nice to see the original and traditional Plus 8 wheel pattern reinvented in I assume a larger diameter wheel .

Macboy

355 posts

141 months

Tuesday 6th March
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I'm glad they did the teaser images to get us use to the shock of the radical redesign...oh wait, they look exactly like the original cars, just a bit cack-handedly updated for the run-out.

soad

29,222 posts

112 months

Wednesday 7th March
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cib24 said:
Beautiful.
Aero 8 GT? yes

markcoopers

256 posts

129 months

Wednesday 7th March
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randlemarcus said:
Have we got a direct frontal angle photo so we can see if it has lost the cross eyed styling?
You are about 12years Out of touch.

randlemarcus

11,584 posts

167 months

Thursday 8th March
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markcoopers said:
randlemarcus said:
Have we got a direct frontal angle photo so we can see if it has lost the cross eyed styling?
You are about 12years Out of touch.
Good to know. When did they change it then?

MonkeyMatt

5,816 posts

143 months

Thursday 8th March
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The fixed roof of the racing car is so much nicer, nothing beats the Aeromax though