Morgan has officially released their New Morgan Plus 8 ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
The new Morgan Plus 8 makes use of technology from the aircraft industry to achieve an unladen weight of only 1100kgs. This makes the Plus 8 the lightest V8 passenger car in the world approved to European safety standards. The car also has one of the stiffest chassis of all the convertible roadsters available today.
The Morgan Plus 8 has been described as ‘a true drivers car’. The car is the most comfortable classic Morgan that the company has ever built. The convertible mohair roof is easy to erect with a double thickness liner for insulation. There is plenty of space for the tallest of drivers. Air conditioning is standard equipment in the leather lined cockpit which includes a lockable stowage compartment. A radio/CD player is standard equipment with a high quality speaker system.
The Plus 8 is also the only Classic Morgan available with a six speed automatic transmission. The 4.8 liter BMW V8 engine is available with either a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. The gearbox can be operated in two modes, ‘Sport’ and ‘Auto’. The steering and the ABS brakes are power assisted.
In ‘Sport’ mode the engine holds its gear to 6,500rpm and blips the throttle before making a down shift. The maximum power is 367bhp or 390bhp with sports exhaust. The maximum torque is 490Nm. The power to weight ratio is around 333bhp per tonne and a 0-100km/h of 4.5 seconds combined with a top speed of 250km/h.
A customer can also personalise his Plus 8 to his individual taste and the choices are virtually inexhaustible.