The Morgan Plus 8 has reappeared as a new model after an absence of almost a decade

After an absence of almost a decade, the Morgan Plus 8 reappeared as a new and fully-fledged model at the Geneva motor show earlier this year. It's making a UK debut at today's Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Two versions of the new ‘classic’ Morgan have been created: the production version, powered by BMW’s 4.8-litre normally aspirated V8, and an all-electric prototype christened ‘Plus-e’, built to gauge public reaction before a decision is made on production.

The production Plus 8 slots back into Malvern Link’s showroom range underneath Morgan’s all-aluminium ‘Aero’-series flagship cars, and above the six-cylinder Morgan Roadster. Morgan development engineer Robert Gibson told Autocar “it’s a car customers have wanted us to build for ten years,” since the introduction of the Aero models.

The new Plus 8 uses the same bonded and riveted aluminium chassis as the more expensive Aero cars, rather than the galvanized steel ladder chassis of Morgan’s Roadster and Plus 4. The classic-style body, though, is lighter than the Aero’s, allowing for a lesser kerbweight – just 1100kg without fluids.

Morgan describes the new Plus 8 as its “most comfortable classic model”. It comes as standard with air conditioning, a leather upholstered cockpit, a high quality audio system and a double-lined convertible roof. The car’s V8 engine, available from the factory with as much as 390bhp, can also be teamed with an optional six-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Both manual and auto versions of the car hit 62mph in just 4.5sec; the automatic is marginally the more frugal, returning 26mpg on the combined cycle.

Although the Plus-e electric sports car is a prototype, Morgan chief designer Matt Humphries says “we’re developing the idea for production as soon as possible,” provided reaction is positive. At the moment the prototype runs with a Valence li-ion battery, which adds more weight than Morgan would like – it’s 150kg heavier than the petrol powertrain. Morgan is contemplating commissioning its own battery pack instead. The Zytek motor offers 163bhp and even in prototype form its range is said to be 120 miles. “It’s a working car with a usable range,” Humphries says. “You just charge it up and go for a blast.”

 

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6 February 2012

Very nice too, but surely they're missing a trick by not offerring the car with a BMW straight-six diesel.

DKW

6 February 2012

Hard to imagine that a car that light would be suitable for electric conversion - I would have guessed the additional weight would ruin the agility. Still, if Morgan think it works ok then I am more inclined to believe them than others - it seems that designing leccy vehicles turns most marketing people into outrageous liars.

6 February 2012

When I saw the head line, I thought they'd found a way of making the old Rover V8 emission compliant and competitive again.... :-(

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

6 February 2012

I know Morgan are all about tradition but with the aero line they now just have gone mad. Now if im not mistaken the Aeromax was a coupe version of the original aero 8. They then made a convertible version of the Aeromax which was the supersports. So now with the Aero Coupe their essentially making a coupe version of the convertible version of the coupe version of the original convertible. They're going around in circles. Don't get me wrong though I think they are fantastic cars irregardless of the manufacturers lunacy.

6 February 2012

I prefer the styling of the original Aero 8 prototype from the late nineties. I don't like the positioning of the headlamps on this new model, they're too far apart.

6 February 2012

Fantastic stuff, more power to their elbow. They get on and do it, whilst the other British/Malaysian outfit sports car manufacturer talks about doing it. May be Mr. Honda's vision of the future of the car industry will come true ?

6 February 2012

[quote marshydeluxe]I know Morgan are all about tradition but with the aero line they now just have gone mad. Now if im not mistaken the Aeromax was a coupe version of the original aero 8. They then made a convertible version of the Aeromax which was the supersports. So now with the Aero Coupe their essentially making a coupe version of the convertible version of the coupe version of the original convertible. They're going around in circles. Don't get me wrong though I think they are fantastic cars irregardless of the manufacturers lunacy.[/quote] We prefer "eccentricity" to "lunacy", thank you very much. ;-P


6 February 2012

Tally ho!, what?

Peter Cavellini.

6 February 2012

[quote Nick Rutter] We prefer "eccentricity" to "lunacy", thank you very much.[/quote]

I've always fancied a Morgan, the original 8 using the 3.5 Rover V8 and the more modest 4 cylinder versions that are more in keeping with the 1930's design. But does anyone really want a 4.7 BMW V8 in a car with a wooden frame, I expect the original 8 had 125 to 190 bhp, what will a modern 4.7 V8 produce?

6 February 2012

[quote Uncle Mellow] surely they're missing a trick by not offerring the car with a BMW straight-six diesel[/quote]

I'm not sure that would go down too well with Morgan's target market.

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