Eric Tipan / Morgan | December 05, 2017 09:08
All-new Aero GT to replace the outgoing Aero 8
Morgan Motor Company takes the Aero 8 to the next level with what it calls its ‘most extreme road going model to date.’
Taking learnings and feedback from its participation in GT3 races, the British automaker develops an all-new, hand-worked model that is based on the lightweight aluminum body of the Aero 8.
The race-inspired, all-new Aero GT, which will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2018, was conceived in 2015 during the production of the Aero 8 but only saw the light of day three years later.
Body work is based on the styling of Jon Wells (head of design) and realized by highly skilled craftsmen who worked on each panel by hand including the new wing top louvres, deep side impressions and a drastic rear diffuser.
“The beauty of working so closely with talented sheet metal workers and coachbuilders is that designers are relatively unrestrained in their ability to challenge the forms and their functions. Unlike many, we are able to make truly special limited edition vehicles that really exercise the imagination of the designer and the ability of the craftsman. The Aero range has always offered Morgan the platform to explore the boundaries of mechanical and styling design and I am delighted the family has allowed one of our wildest ideas to become a reality,” said Wells.
Each Aero GT comes with a 4.8L BMW V8 mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. It produces 372 PS and sends the vehicle from 0-100 kilometers per hour in only 4.5 seconds all the way to a top speed of 273 kilometers per hour.
Incidentally, BMW will discontinue production of the 4.8L V8 making the Aero GT the last vehicle to ever sport this powerplant.
Only 8 units will be made and all are already accounted for. Each unit will be tailor-fit to specifications and preferences of each owner, and will come with distinct individual numbers for identification.
“One of our greatest strengths as a brand is our ability to be responsive and create a hand-built car which is truly bespoke to each customer. I am a proud owner of an Aero 8 myself; it has been a stalwart of the brand and offers an exceptional driving experience, that only gets better in Aero GT guise. Every Morgan is built to an exacting specification and is bespoke to each customer, as their personality is displayed in every detail. A great deal of emotion is invested in every decision and this experience is only enhanced by the joy of then driving such powerful and unique vehicles. The Aero GT is the ultimate ensemble of this formula,” said Steve Morris, Managing Director of Morgan Motor Company.