Morgan has confirmed it will be launching an all-new sports car next year to mark the firm's 110-year anniversary.
The new model, known internally as the 'Wide Body', is set to use an all-new bonded aluminium platform. Details are scarce, but the company says the new car will feature "a powertrain never before installed in a Morgan".
This year marks the 50th - and final - year of the Malvern-based maker fitting V8 engines to its cars. The final examples of the Aero 8 and Plus 8, fitted with BMW's N62 V8, will be kept for Morgan's heritage fleet. It is thought that a downsized, forced-induction six-cylinder engine will be used for an upcoming flagship model, due in the early 2020s - and this could be the powertrain used for next year's car.
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". Those models will be replaced in the next few years by the new flagship.