Limited edition anniversary Plus 8 will be the last to feature the 4.8-litre lump
Morgan has announced a limited edition of the Plus 8 as it phases out the 4.8-litre BMW V8 it has been using since 2012. The 50-unit model, commemorating the flagship's half century of existence, will be unveiled at the Geneva show in March.
Catchily dubbed the 50th Anniversary Special Edition, the car will be sold through the current dealer network and is expected to be pay tribute to what Morgan sees as the 'ultimate combination of craftsmanship, luxury and technology'.
The 367hp BMW N62 unit was chosen as a successor to the 3.5-litre (and later 3.9-litre) Rover V8 which powered the Plus 8 since its launch in 1968. Though based on a Plus 4, the 8 was proportionally larger - as well as faster - and was one of Morgan's most successful models in 36 years of production.
After an eight year absence at Pickersleigh Road, the manufacturer reintroduced the model on its new aluminium chassis, and twinned it with the same 4.8-litre engine used in the latest Aero range. Restyled and much lighter, the Plus 8 was good for 60mph in 4.5 seconds and a claimed top speed of 155mph.
The final edition will launch alongside a similar version of the Aero GT - a run-out edition of the Aero 8 which will be limited to just eight units. Expect both to healthily succeed the price of the standard models, which start at £85,461 and £94,665 respectively.