Morgan have unveiled the fifth-generation of the Aero 8 for this years Geneva Motor Show. There is always something exciting about Morgan revealing a new car – there’s something surprisingly refreshing about seeing a new version of an old style of car and of course there’s the fact that it’s British. You may be forgiven for thinking that at first this new version looks very similar to the Aero 8 that came before, maybe with a slight facelift and a few tweaks here and there- but Morgan will be quick to stop you. They will also be quick to point out the all-new handcrafted aluminium body and the newly designed boot lid which houses the new hood. Also available is a removable hard-top which, apparently, reduces wind noise which makes for a more relaxed experience when cruising at high speed. Not so similar now, is it?
Admittedly a number of details remain the same – power is still from a 4.8-litre V8 from BMW which produces 367bhp and is teamed with a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox. Allowing a 0-62 time of 4.5 seconds thanks to the lightweight aluminium body and a top speed of 170 mph in the manual whereas the automatic falls shorts at 155mph. A traditional blend of wood and leather still fill the interior, offering a really authentic hand built quality that a Morgan should never be without. Morgan do claim interior quality has improved as well as more modern luxuries such as cruise control and a touch screen media system keep the Morgan just up-to-date enough to be a suitable car for the modern world.
Also brand new to the Aero 8 is a paddle shift system for more control. The V8 is also more fuel efficient as well, achieving a reported 23mpg for the manual and 26mpg for the automatic. Morgan’s managing director Steve Morris said, “Morgan cars are synonymous with open-top motoring. We produce two-seater sports cars that are lightweight and exhilarating to drive. The new Aero 8 signifies a return to this formula within our flagship range of vehicles.
The Aero 8 offers a marriage of expert craftsmanship and performance technology.”
I thought the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 we saw the other day was an amazing concoction of traditional motoring and contemporary innovation, this is right up there with it. An absolute classic design with all the modern technology and electronics today’s driver demands completely makes the Morgan Aero 8 a thing of real beauty.
It will be priced at just under £80,000 and will be sold towards the end of 2015 in limited numbers.