The Morgan Plus 8 GTR has been officially unveiled as a limited series production for enthusiasts who want the modern feeling of speed without losing the classical aesthetic. The model is based on the standard Plus 8 and takes cues from the brand’s rich racing history.
The Morgan Plus 8 GTR retains the brand’s all-aluminium aero-chassis which consists of a bonded-aluminium construction. As part of the brand’s transformation from rolling chassis to finished vehicle, each unit will be handcrafted via the firm’s traditional coachbuilding techniques.
At the front of the chassis sits BMW’s N62 4,8-litre petrol engine with a power output of 280 kW. This is sent to the rear either via a six-speed manual or ZF automatic transmission.
The Morgan Plus 8 GTR will run alongside core programmes and is one of several projects announced this year, following the Aero GT, SP1 and Aeromax. All units will be assembled at the Morgan Design and Engineering Centre which is down the road from its famous Pickersleigh Road factory.
Just nine Morgan Plus 8 GTR units will be assembled for exclusive customers, of which all have already been allocated.
Jonathan Wells, Morgan Head of Design, said “Reviving a V8-powered Morgan at the current time may not seem like the obvious choice for a manufacturer firmly focused on new platforms and powertrains. However, when the opportunity presented itself to recommission a number of rolling chassis and create an exciting special project such as Plus 8 GTR, we embraced it fully. This project has allowed Morgan’s design and engineering teams to revisit some of their favourite elements of past Morgan models, as well as experiment with some features that we hope will appear on future Morgan cars.”