Morgan's 110-year anniversary model will use an all-new aluminium platform and ditch V8 power.
by Lawrence Allan
21 February 2019
Morgan’s all-new sports car will be revaled at next month’s Geneva motor show ahead of a sales launch later this year, Autocar has learnt.
The new model was first seen testing earlier this month, revealing a design that’s a familiar adaptation of the 1930s-inspired look Morgans have carried for decades. This is set to evolve further with a new range-topping model in 2020. But there are substantial developments under the skin.
The new model, known internally as the Wide Body, will make use of an all-new, lighter bonded aluminium platform. The company also says the car will feature “a powertrain never before installed in a Morgan”.
The Wide Body comes after half a century of the Malvern-based car maker fitting V8 engines to its cars. The final examples of the Aero 8 and Plus 8, fitted with BMW’s N62 unit, will be kept for Morgan’s heritage fleet.
It’s thought that a downsized, forced-induction six-cylinder engine will feature in the upcoming flagship model, and this could also be the powertrain used by the Wide Body.
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Morgan claims the sports car is positioned above the Roadster, Plus 4 and 4/4 in performance terms but is “not designed to be a direct replacement for the outging Plus 8 and Aero 8”. That pair will be replaced by the new flagship.
The Wide Body’s chassis is said to be twice as stiff as the aluminium chassis of previous flagship Morgans and, combined with the new engine, “will result in the most dynamically capable production Morgan ever”.
Graham Chapman, Morgan’s technology director, says next year’s launch “is the culmination of several years of unprecedented development in design and engineering for Morgan”. He added: “This has produced the most advanced development programme in Morgan’s history, the results of which we cannot wait to share with our customers worldwide”.
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18 December 2018
I’m sure that Morgan don’t do platforms,they build cars with a chassis don’t they,what engine would be nice would be GM’s LT1 as installed in the C7 Corvette,nothing poncy like overhead cams or 32 valves, just pushrods and two valves per cylinder, Should that not be enough the General has supercharged versions that would give mind blowing performance as well