Morgan is showing off a limited-edition track-inspired version of its Plus 4 at the Silverstone Classic meeting
24 July 2015

The 2015 Morgan AR Plus 4 has been revealed at this year’s Silverstone Classic race meeting.

The AR Plus 4 is intended to commemorate 65 years of the Plus 4 and has been developed and will be produced by AR Motorsport, the company’s racing division.

It will be powered by a 225bhp Cosworth engine and promises to be the most powerful 2.0-litre Morgan ever produced. Although Morgan has not yet revealed any performance figures for the new model, it is expected to manage the 0-60mph dash in around 6sec and weighs just 900kg. This is the first time that Morgan has used a Cosworth engine in one of its cars.

The AR Plus 4 is a road car, despite its racing background, and limited to a production run of just 50 cars. It is described as having every available performance upgrade and a "fully loaded" interior.

It gets a selection of upgrades over the standard Plus 4, including an all-new suspension system, adjustable shock absorbers, new brakes and a revised chassis. Styling upgrades include 16-inch matt black alloy wheels, aluminium floor and door panels, AR Motorsport details and stickers throughout, a black Union Jack badge and footwell lighting

Morgan says it has also aimed to improve the car’s road usability and added more insulation in order to reduce road and wind noise in the cabin. The car comes with LED headlights  and tail-lights, and the dashboard has been redesigned, although it still features what the company describes as its core materials of ash, aluminium and leather.

It will cost from £54,995, and Morgan says it has taken several orders for the new car already

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24 July 2015
Sadly I'm old enough to remember the launch of the original Plus 8 Morgan - complete with (I think) the Autocar front cover slogan "Transmogrification" which I read carefully by the light of a torch beneath the covers in my school dormitory. I'd bet that car was as fast as this "racing-inspired" effort. Certainly in contemporary terms it was a brutal beast - like an early Cobra. Now we've come to this - a new celebration Morgan with the claimed performance of a warm-hatch. Not for me thanks.

29 July 2015
Taste is not a matter for dispute at law, nor should it be. The proportion of the motoring public interested in the marque is relatively small - but it's highly likely that those who are, are of relatively conservative tastes. Overall the specification for this "AR Plus 4", limited edition appears attractive.

However, its appearance (external lighting & internal cabin presentation) bring to-mind the words of the famous US Country & Western singer, Dolly Parton: "It's amazing how much it costs, to look so cheap." She was, of course, being self deprecating when she made that statement...

Either the "stylist" had had too many coffees, but was bored and became "silly", or someone of a distinctly "chav" disposition sneaked into the works where this model was penned during hours of darkness...

Oh dear, it must be very difficult to successfully carry off any attempt to "be different, simply for the sake of it"; so, most unfortunately, QED on that score. Significant "deletions" anticipated amongst the fifty eventual owners (or worse, will Morgan be inadvertently following Caterham with limited take-up of many of its limited edition creations) and would this have been allowed to happen if Charles Morgan had remained in his former role, one is forced to wonder out loud?

29 July 2015
Taste is not a matter for dispute at law, nor should it be. The proportion of the motoring public interested in the marque is relatively small - but it's highly likely that those who are, are of relatively conservative tastes. Overall the specification for this "AR Plus 4", limited edition appears attractive.

However, its appearance (external lighting & internal cabin presentation) bring to-mind the words of the famous US Country & Western singer, Dolly Parton: "It's amazing how much it costs, to look so cheap." She was, of course, being self deprecating when she made that statement...

Either the "stylist" had had too many coffees, but was bored and became "silly", or someone of a distinctly "chav" disposition sneaked into the works where this model was penned during hours of darkness...

Oh dear, it must be very difficult to successfully carry off any attempt to "be different, simply for the sake of it"; so, most unfortunately, QED on that score. Significant "deletions" anticipated amongst the fifty eventual owners (or worse, will Morgan be inadvertently following Caterham with limited take-up of many of its limited edition creations) and would this have been allowed to happen if Charles Morgan had remained in his former role, one is forced to wonder out loud?

29 July 2015
Taste is not a matter for dispute at law, nor should it be. The proportion of the motoring public interested in the marque is relatively small - but it's highly likely that those who are, are of relatively conservative tastes. Overall the specification for this "AR Plus 4", limited edition appears attractive.

However, its appearance (external lighting & internal cabin presentation) brings to-mind the words of the famous US Country & Western singer, Dolly Parton: "It's amazing how much it costs, to look so cheap." She was, of course, being self deprecating when she made that statement...

Either the "stylist" had had too many coffees, but was bored and became "silly", or someone of a distinctly "chav" disposition sneaked into the works where this model was penned during hours of darkness...

Oh dear, it must be very difficult to successfully carry off any attempt to "be different, simply for the sake of it"; so, most unfortunately, QED on that score. Significant "deletions" anticipated amongst the fifty eventual owners (or worse, will Morgan be inadvertently following Caterham with limited take-up of many of its limited edition creations) and would this have been allowed to happen if Charles Morgan had remained in his former role, one is forced to wonder out loud?

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