The Plus Four gives you plenty of driver involvement in the old-fashioned way.
The power steering is lighter and slower paced than you might expect in a one-tonne sports car, but it is much more consistent in both senses than Morgan steering tended to be previously. Its weight and pace also say plenty about the character of a car that’s by no means unwilling or incapable of entertaining when driven quickly but quite plainly still prefers the sort of pace at which top-down summer motoring can be really savoured.
Even when driven in no particular hurry, the car feels animated and keeps you busy. The chassis is more softly sprung than most in the sports car class and so it’s quite pitch sensitive. Under power and when cornering, it doesn’t roll much but certainly likes to gather its weight around its rear wheels. The consequently varying front axle loading that results makes cornering with speed, stability and precision a bit of a challenge – although not an uninviting one.
Take the side screens off and you’ve got lots of leverage at the wheel, which you need in order to carry plenty of speed with the scope of steering input that’s necessary. The flex in those 60-profile tyre sidewalls doesn’t make for the last word in handling accuracy even when the chassis stays level and the car is in a steady state, and outright lateral grip is pretty modest. So you earn your corn if you can carry speed in a Morgan, now as ever.
You’re constantly adjusting and cajoling the Plus Four as you whisk it along, then. At a 60mph cruise on an A-road it needs regular little course corrections to account for its shifting mass and suspension deflection, and at fast B-road pace it requires a deliberate hand and plenty of concentration. On-centre steering feel is notably better if you drive the car in ‘S+’ mode, which is what most of our testers preferred.