Hardcore Morgan Aero GT Is A Race-Inspired Swansong For The Aero 8

by Martin Bigg
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Limited to eight examples, the Aero GT is the most extreme road-going Morgan ever made.
Morgan is bidding a final farewell to the Aero 8 sports car with the most extreme road-going car the British company has ever made. Shown for the first time in official teaser images, the Morgan Aero GT is a race-inspired “gloves off” variant of the Aero 8 that marks the end of the British sports car's production at the Pickersleigh Road factory in the UK. Limited to just eight examples, the Aero GT benefits from lessons learned from Morgan’s GT3 victories.
Hardcore Morgan Aero GT Is A Race-Inspired Swansong For The Aero 8
As such, it’s based on the lightweight aluminium Aero 8 but features an all-new hand-worked body with aerodynamic elements designed to reduce drag and significantly increase downforce. Every panel of the bespoke Aero GT is reworked by hand with new wing top louvres, deep side sills and a large rear diffuser. Every one of the eight cars planned for production will be individually customized for each customer. No two cars will be the same. Power is sourced by the same 4.8-liter BMW V8 producing 367 hp and six-speed manual gearbox as the Aero 8, allowing the sports car to sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 170 mph.

Hardcore Morgan Aero GT Is A Race-Inspired Swansong For The Aero 8
The Aero GT is not only a farewell tribute to the Aero 8 but also the naturally aspirated BMW engine that's no longer in production. “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,” said Jon Wells, Head of Design at Morgan.

Hardcore Morgan Aero GT Is A Race-Inspired Swansong For The Aero 8
“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.” Managing Director Steve Morris added: “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.”

Hardcore Morgan Aero GT Is A Race-Inspired Swansong For The Aero 8
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." No price has been announced for the Morgan Aero GT, but they’ve all been sold. Morgan will lift the covers off the Morgan Aero GT at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show next March 18 years after the Aero 8 debuted at the 2000 Geneva Motor Show.

Hardcore Morgan Aero GT Is A Race-Inspired Swansong For The Aero 8
Hardcore Morgan Aero GT Is A Race-Inspired Swansong For The Aero 8
Hardcore Morgan Aero GT Is A Race-Inspired Swansong For The Aero 8






by Martin Bigg
Hardcore Morgan Aero GT Is A Race-Inspired Swansong For The Aero 8