By Stewart Smith on 2017-12-04 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Morgan goes extreme
with Aero GT
ICONIC sports car company Morgan has announced its most extreme road-going model to date, the race-inspired Aero GT.
Conceived initially 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 Malvern factory in Worcestershire will be Aero GT variants.
Teaser images of the model have been released showing the car's hand-worked body panels and pronounced louvres in the design.
The super-fast model, which will have its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March, is based on the lightweight aluminium Morgan Aero 8 but with an all-new, hand-worked, aerodynamically honed body which reduces drag but significantly increases downforce.
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 367bhp 4.8-litre BMW V8 and six-speed manual gearbox, also found in the Aero 8, the Aero GT sprints from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds, hitting a top speed of 170mph.
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.
Steve Morris, managing director of the Morgan Motor Company, said: "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."
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