Sunday, February 28, 2021
News Morgan Motors Building Run of '90s-Inspired Plus 8 GTR

Morgan Motors Building Run of ’90s-Inspired Plus 8 GTR

Retro looks for even older design

  • That’s 1990s, not 1890s for new race-look V8 model

  • Special editions to be based on unused chassis the automaker bought back


    The latest from the sports car makers at Malvern Link is a great example of turning lemons into lemonade. Except this lemonade looks just like Morgan‘s racing cars from the 1990s and stuffs a 4.8L naturally-aspirated V8 under the long bonnet to create the hand-built Morgan Plus 8 GTR.

    Morgan says that there was a “recent availability of a number of Plus 8 rolling chassis,” the chassis that the company recently discontinued in favour of an all-new one. They were built before 2018 for a customer project (quite the project) that fell through and Morgan got them back, unused. So they’re turning them into this wonderful GT-racing special.

    Only nine will be built, with production starting this summer. The bodywork adds a high shoulder line, which Morgan hasn’t used in decades, it has five-spoke center-lock wheels that were inspired by its 1990s racers, and it takes loads of design inspiration from “Big Blue” a GT series car that raced in that decade that was also the testbed for Morgan’s first bonded-aluminum chassis.

    Vents in the front fenders let the wheel arch air out, the rear arches are extended, there are more vents punched in the bonnet to cool the V8, and a rear diffuser holds ceramic exhaust outlets.

    Like the rest of the “aero-chassis” Plus 8 models, this car will use a BMW 4.8L N62 V8. The original cars made 362 hp in the flyweight chassis, but final power figures for this one haven’t been set just yet. A six-speed manual and six-speed automatic will both be offered, with limited numbers of each.

    “Reviving a V8-powered Morgan at the current time may not seem like the obvious choice for a manufacturer firmly focused on new platforms and powertrains. However, when the opportunity presented itself to recommission a number of rolling chassis and create an exciting special project such as Plus 8 GTR, we embraced it fully. This project has allowed Morgan’s design and engineering teams to revisit some of their favourite elements of past Morgan models, as well as experiment with some features that we hope will appear on future Morgan cars,” said Head of Design Jonathan Wells.

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