The Morgan Aero 8 is back — with a new chassis, different suspension, fresh styling and a retuned BMW V8 engine

The Morgan Aero 8 sports car has made a comeback at the Geneva motor show. Complete with an updated chassis and suspension system, and a new look inside and out, it has become the famous British sport car firm’s most high-tech model yet.

The two-seat Aero 8 will replace the Aero Coupé and Aero Supersports in the Morgan range. Production will start in October this year. The Plus 8 will still be offered, but Morgan expects most potential Plus 8 buyers to migrate to the Aero 8. A production run of 300-350 units is planned over a two-year period.

Morgan boss Steve Morris said the firm “changed everything it possibly could” on the Aero 8 when bringing it back to “maintain the essence of the Aero” and to “fill an obvious gap that’s missing in our range”.

The chassis has been made significantly stiffer and a completely new suspension is fitted. The previous inboard suspension system has been ditched in favour of an outboard double-wishbone set-up at each corner and anti-roll bars. Much more predictable and engaging handling is promised as a result, along with improved body control, low-speed ride and flatter cornering.

Although the front-end design of the Aero 8 is similar, the look from the doors backwards is completely new. The most significant part of design chief John Wells’s work on the Aero 8 is the way the fabric roof folds completely out of sight behind the two seats – a Morgan first.

A removable hard-top ‘fighter cockpit’-style roof cover is also offered from the car’s launch, Morgan having worked hard to properly integrate it into the design from the outset, rather than retrospectively. This offers significant headroom despite its sleek looks.

The interior includes a new dashboard with toggle switches. One option for it is an infotainment system that can be specced to include features such as sat-nav, connectivity apps and a reversing camera. The steering wheel, instrument binnacle and centre tunnel are also new and there is increased stowage inside the cabin as well as a larger boot.

The BMW-sourced 362bhp 4.8-litre V8 from the rest of the Aero range is carried over to the Aero 8 and is offered with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic gearboxes. However, the engine mapping and power delivery are revised for the Aero 8. Morgan has again turned to BMW to source a mechanical limited-slip differential for the car.

Other changes to the Aero 8 include, Morgan says, better build quality, improved passenger comfort, a more slippery aerodynamic profile following wind tunnel work and computer simulations, greater refinement, reduced wind noise and improved protection from water leaks thanks to new doors and seals. It’s also lighter than the other Aero models and is expected to come in at just over 1000kg.

In standard form, the Aero 8 will cost about £80,000.

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3 March 2015
What is it with Morgan? - the car after several attempts still looks boss-eyed surely by now they could have fixed it (or restyled the whole front to remove the problem?

jer

3 March 2015
Dont much like that rear undercowl to house the exhausts and I can see what you mean about the lights but I still want one and this is cheaper than the Aeromax... I think demand for Morgans will increase as some sort of antidote for the binary alternatives. Really no one needs any faster for the road.

3 March 2015
pass the sick bag

3 March 2015
Thats what you get when you oust the owner and heir to the Morgan name. Greedy people who do understand the brand and its core market! Taking Morgan from the successful niche it once was to a same again is that it? Company is sad to behold, I bet Mr Morgan is sat somewhere with two minds, one is saying I told you so, while the other is filled with sorrow and trepidation to see the family legacy being trampled upon by the greedy get rich quick brigade.....

4 March 2015
Maybe I will be vilified for saying this - but Morgan - throw away this so called "tradition" - it has served you will but this is now well into the present century and you are clearly still in the last. This is not a Porsche 911 which will go on forever (unfortunately) as even that masterpiece has got its "sellbyt" date written on it). As a company and now without the "family" you have the right to throw the log book away and start a clean sheet and enter the new world.

what's life without imagination

4 March 2015
Are Morgan actually participating at Geneva? The images would suggest not, but even if that is the case surely they could have arranged to provide some professional studio and action shots to accompany the release instead of what appears to be a few quickly taken snap shots?

The rear incorporates some nice lines and offers the start of what could have been an interesting new shape, but to my eye it is not stylistically related to the front end which is awkward and, as others have said, continues the bug eyed look. The side elevation appears to be little more than a join the dots exercise to mate the mis-matched halves together. Again, as has already been suggested, it may be time for Morgan to move on and look to the likes of Bentley for inspiration in providing a car from the past for the 21st Century.

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