Uncooked, visceral, loud, and low, the Morgan Plus Eight GTR represents what the Morgan Motor Firm can create when its design and engineering groups let their imaginations run wild. Restricted to simply 9 examples, it marks the primary in a line of Morgan particular tasks set to begin this 12 months.
The Plus Eight GTR explores design themes such because the excessive shoulder line, not seen on a conventional Morgan physique for many years. Its five-spoke center-lock wheels are harking back to Morgan’s 1990s Plus Eight race vehicles, framed completely by subtly re-sculpted wheel arches. Additional design components embrace a revised rear finish, entrance wings, and entrance splitter, and the fitment of a hardtop. The mannequin additionally advantages from the training and experience gained by the corporate because the Plus Eight formally completed manufacturing in 2018.
One explicit design inspiration was the Plus Eight race automotive that competed within the GT sequence all through the late nineties, extra generally often known as ‘Huge Blue’. This automotive served because the testbed for Morgan’s first bonded-aluminum chassis, which might go on to underpin the Aero Eight and ‘Aero-chassis’ Plus Eight fashions. It appeared becoming, following the current launch of Morgan’s newest CX-Technology bonded-aluminum platform, to make use of this chance to pay tribute to the automotive that pioneered Morgan’s use of aluminum buildings.
The mission has solely been potential due to the current availability of plenty of Plus Eight rolling chassis, which have been re-acquired from a 3rd get together following a discontinued mission. These had been all constructed by Morgan earlier than 2018 and had been by no means used for his or her meant functions. All are to be recommissioned and can profit from the improve of chosen mechanical elements.
As a part of their transformation from rolling chassis to the completed car, every GTR will probably be handcrafted utilizing Morgan’s conventional coachbuilding strategies. In a break from over a century of Morgan custom, a lot of this work will probably be accomplished not at its well-known Pickersleigh Highway manufacturing facility, however on the close by Morgan Design and Engineering Centre (M-DEC). The Plus Eight GTR runs alongside core packages and is one in all a number of Morgan particular tasks to be introduced this 12 months. It follows quite a few particular mission Morgan fashions in recent times, such because the Aero GT, SP1, and Aeromax.
These ‘Aero-chassis’ Plus 8s use the Morgan first-generation bonded-aluminium chassis developed initially for the Morgan Aero 8. Beforehand, from 1968 to 2004, Plus Eight fashions used Morgan’s conventional metal chassis and had been powered by Rover V8 engines.
All ‘Aero-chassis’ Morgan Plus 8s had been powered by the BMW N62 4.8-litre engine, and the GTR will probably be no exception. In its unique specification, this unit produced 362 bhp, nevertheless, the precise energy output for the GTR is but to be finalized. A alternative of a six-speed guide or ZF six-speed computerized gearbox will probably be out there, with mounted allocations for every transmission possibility.
Simply 9 Morgan Plus Eight GTRs will probably be constructed, with manufacturing starting in summer season 2021. The remodeled particular mission will probably be out there in sure worldwide markets, topic to native guidelines on the importation of European autos. As a part of the particular tasks program, clients will probably be invited to fee their bespoke Plus Eight GTR alongside Morgan’s design staff.
Jonathan Wells, Morgan Head of Design, stated:
“Reviving a V8-powered Morgan on the present time might not appear to be the plain alternative for a producer firmly centered on new platforms and powertrains. Nevertheless, when the chance introduced itself to recommission plenty of rolling chassis and create an thrilling particular mission similar to Plus Eight GTR, we embraced it absolutely. This mission has allowed Morgan’s design and engineering groups to revisit a few of their favourite components of previous Morgan fashions, in addition to experiment with some options that we hope will seem on future Morgan vehicles.”