Morgan's 110-year anniversary model will use an all-new aluminium platform and ditch V8 power
21 February 2019

Morgan's all-new sports car will be revaled at next month's Geneva motor show ahead of a sales launch later this year, Autocar has learnt. 

The new model was first seen testing earlier this month, revealing a design that's a familiar adaptation of the 1930s-inspired look Morgans have carried for decades. This is set to evolve further with a new range-topping model in 2020. But there are substantial developments under the skin.

The new model, known internally as the Wide Body, will make use of an all-new, lighter bonded aluminium platform. The company also says the car will feature "a powertrain never before installed in a Morgan".

The Wide Body comes after half a century of the Malvern-based car maker fitting V8 engines to its cars. The final examples of the Aero 8 and Plus 8, fitted with BMW's N62 unit, will be kept for Morgan's heritage fleet. 

It's thought that a downsized, forced-induction six-cylinder engine will feature in the upcoming flagship model, and this could also be the powertrain used by the Wide Body.

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Morgan claims the sports car is positioned above the Roadster, Plus 4 and 4/4 in performance terms but is "not designed to be a direct replacement for the outging Plus 8 and Aero 8". That pair will be replaced by the new flagship.

The Wide Body's chassis is said to be twice as stiff as the aluminium chassis of previous flagship Morgans and, combined with the new engine, "will result in the most dynamically capable production Morgan ever".

Graham Chapman, Morgan's technology director, says next year's launch "is the culmination of several years of unprecedented development in design and engineering for Morgan". He added: "This has produced the most advanced development programme in Morgan's history, the results of which we cannot wait to share with our customers worldwide". 

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18 December 2018

I'm sure that Morgan don't do platforms,they build cars with a chassis don't they,what engine would be nice would be GM's LT1 as installed in the C7 Corvette,nothing poncy like overhead cams or 32 valves, just pushrods and two valves per cylinder, Should that not be enough the General has supercharged versions that would give mind blowing performance as well

 

A34

25 January 2019

One imagines this spyshot is a PR effort. After all, if Morgan really wanted the car to be a secret they'd leave off the dazzle paint and the general public would never know it was a new model!

18 December 2018

This has been done before, it was called the AC Cobra-and don’t forget the Sunbeam Tiger! We have moved on,and even a Turbo V6 won’t last long before battery power takes over!

 

Madmac

18 December 2018
You say we've moved on - I'd say backwards.

I don't want an over-complex, irreparable little boosted engine with bogus environmental claims and credentials.

Even AMGs come with Jesus sandles now. BMW Ms have long gone mung beans.

I look at the glorious madness offered in the USA with great envy.

MrJ

18 December 2018

Please, not another cross-eyed creature like the Aero.

Love the electric three-wheeler though!

19 December 2018

No automaker is more deserving of respect for its clarity of vision and for remaining true to its identity than Morgan.

That sincerity is truly a breath of fresh air in a market (and world) dominated by soulless corporations more committed to quarterly earnings graphs than delivering a desirable product.

I look forward to seeing where they go with their latest offering.

20 December 2018

My guess, from that engine noise we heard from the video, is that engine is coming from the new 2019 Toyota Supra. A straight six giving about 380 hp.

All the doctors who wanted to forbid me to smoke and to drink are dead. ~ Jean Sibelius

FMS

27 December 2018
Protest wrote:

My guess, from that engine noise we heard from the video, is that engine is coming from the new 2019 Toyota Supra. A straight six giving about 380 hp.

 

So a BMW engine then...that has been mooted for months.

25 January 2019

 I prefer it without the Roof, it looks more in proportion then, Morgan deserve a bit of rejuvenation....

Peter Cavellini.

25 January 2019

This is what Porsche will look like in 50 years time

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