The Morgan Plus 8 made its return in 2011 and since then, the retro-styled, modern-day sports car has seen its fair share of buyers. But don’t mistake the Plus 8’s looks as just a novelty because there’s a lot of history to it. In fact, Morgan has been building cars for 100 years, and it is paying tribute to that with the launch of the special edition Plus 8 Speedster.
There’s no denying that the Morgan Plus 8 Speedster doesn’t look like any other sports car these days. It’s looks come from a bygone era of stripped-down, road-going race cars and therein lies the appeal, as a lot of people will say.
You can call the Plus 8 Speedster eccentric, but what it really represents is a testament to the timeless nature of the model that can get imbibed with a buyer’s taste and preference, thanks to the comprehensive list of options Morgan is offering for its customers.
Oh, and don’t forget that the Plus 8 Speedster really does live up to its legend. It’s powered by a BMW -sourced, 4.8-liter, V-8 engine that produces 367 horsepower and 370 pound-feet, while mated to either a six-speed manual or a ZF six-speed automatic transmission. That much power translates to a 0-to-62 mph time of 4.2 seconds to go with an electrionically limited top speed of 148 mph. Those numbers represent a 0.3-second faster 0-to-60-mph time and a 7-mph slower top speed than the base Plus 8 with the same engine output.
The Morgan Plus 8 Speedster is expected to hit production this coming June with the first cars available later this year. It’s a special edition model so understandably, it comes with a special edition price of £69,995, which is about $117,000 based on current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to read about the Morgan Plus 8.
The Morgan Plus 9 dates way back top 1968, when it debuted with a 3.5-liter V-8 from GM-Buick. The Plus 8 ran through 2004, then made its return in 2011. The latest iteration makes use of a BMW-sourced 4.8-liter V-8 that cranks out 367 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque.
The engine mates to a ZF-built, six-speed auto box that delivers power to the rear wheels. This combo allows the lightweight, retro-inspired car to hit 62 mph in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. On top of that, it gets a surprising 32.2 mpg on the highway.
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The new Morgan Plus 8 Speedster embodies all of Morgan’s core values and has been commissioned as part of a special line of vehicles to celebrate 100 years of vehicle manufacture at Pickersleigh Road.
The Speedster, the latest evolution of the Plus 8, offers an even more invigorating driving experience inspired by a bygone era of stripped back, road going race cars.
A 367 bhp 4.8 litre BMW V8 engine and a 6 speed manual or ZF 6 speed automatic gearbox propels the car from 0-62 in 4.2 seconds with a limited top speed of 148 mph. The latest in aluminium chassis developments ensure that its performance and road-holding will match its looks. The Speedster boasts a power to weight ratio to rival any vehicle in its class.
Following the Morgan tradition, each Speedster comes with a comprehensive list of options to enable every car to be personalised by its owner. Furthermore, every Plus 8 Speedster will sport a series of eccentric styling features only made available on the 100 years celebratory models built during 2014.
The Speedster enters production this coming June, and the first cars will be available for delivery in the summer. This special edition car will be priced from £69,995 including VAT + OTR costs.
Production numbers for this truly unique Plus 8 are limited.