Morgan teases race-inspired GT

Riley Riley

Morgan has announced its most extreme road-going model to date – the race-inspired Aero GT.

With lessons learned from Morgan’s GT3 race victories, the Aero GT is based on the lightweight aluminium Aero 8, but with an all-new hand-worked, aerodynamically-honed body that reduces drag but significantly increases downforce.

Conceived during the development of the 2015 Morgan Aero 8, the aggressive Aero GT variant never saw the light of day – but, in 2018, the final eight Aero 8 cars to roll out of Morgan’s Pickersleigh Road factory will be Aero GT variants.

With close consultation between head of design, Jon Wells, and Morgan’s uniquely talented metal workers, every panel of the bespoke Aero GT is reworked by hand with new wing top louvres, deep side impressions and a drastic rear diffuser.

All eight Aero GT models – already accounted for by existing Morgan customers – will be individually tailored to each owner.

Individually numbered cars will each leave the factory with bespoke customer-requested additions, in line with Morgan’s hand-crafted approach.

Fitted with a 275kW 4.8-litre BMW V8 and six-speed manual gearbox, the Aero GT sprints from 0-60 km/h in 4.5 seconds, hitting a top speed of 275km/h.

With the engine no longer in production, the Aero GT is not only a last hurrah for the current Aero 8 but for the naturally aspirated BMW engine, too.

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