Morgan’s newest roadster will take on the Goodwood hillclimb to prove its dynamics

Introduced at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the Morgan Plus Six will make its dynamic debut at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 4. The Plus Six, which replaces the old Plus 8, will be showcased on the hillclimb course as part of the First Glance category of this year’s Goodwood event.

Watch the most advanced Morgan go up the Goodwood hill

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You'll be able to see the new roadster in two high-speed runs each day

Morgan won’t bring the Plus Six to Goodwood as a parade car. The British firm takes great pride in the new CX platform that it developed for this car and claims that the Plus Six is its most advanced and dynamic vehicle yet. And it wants to prove just that by driving it up the 1.2-mile course through the Goodwood estate.

The Plus Six will be manhandled by Shane Kelly, the company’s development driver and also a Morgan factory racer. You’ll be able to see the new roadster in two high-speed runs each day, including a timed slot on Saturday. Needless to say, the Plus Six should become the fastest Morgan on the Goodwood Hillclimb. Morgan will also set up a stand, where it will display a second Plus Six model and a naked CX platform. The Morgan stand will be located opposite of the supercar paddock and the hillclimb starting line.

The Morgan Plus Six is a Supra-powered vintage roadster

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The Plus Six's engine is shared with the BMW Z4 and it generates 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque

Morgan’s brand-new roadster looks very much like the old Plus 8, sporting a design that the Brits are featuring since the 1950s. The only notable feature that sets it apart is the composite hard-top that turns this traditional roadster into an authentic coupe. A big departure from the Plus 8’s soft-top. But while it might look the same on the outside, the Plus Six is a brand-new car under the shell.

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Morgan made two big changes here. First, it created a new platform from bonded aluminum. These underpinnings are twice as rigid as the old one but weigh less than 220 pounds, which leads to a total curb weight of only 2,370 pounds. Second, the Plus Six has a new engine. Just like the old Plus 4 and Plus 8, the Plus Six takes the number in its name from the number of cylinders in its engine. So while its predecessor, the Plus 8, had a V-8 engine, the Plus Six features a six-cylinder engine.

Morgan continues to borrow engines from BMW, so it replaced the old 4.4-liter V-8 with a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline six. This mill is shared with the BMW Z4 and it has the same rating as the Euro-spec version of the Z4 M40i: 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The same engine can be found in the latest Toyota Supra.

Morgan Plus Six drivetrain specifications
Engine BMW 2019 B58 TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine
Gearbox 8-speed Automatic with Sport, Plus and Manual shift modes
Max Power 250kw (335 bhp) @ 6,500rpm
Max Torque 500Nm (369 lb/ft)
Performance 0 – 62mph 4.2 seconds
Top Speed 166mph (267 kph)
Combined MPG 38.2mpg (7.4L/100km)
Combined Co2 170g/km
Dry weight 1,075kg

The Morgan Plus Six is quicker than the Z4 and Supra

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The British roadster charges to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds, which is four tenths quicker than the Euro-spec BMW Z4 M40i

One of the most interesting things about the Plus Six is that it’s quicker than the car it shares its engine with. The British roadster charges to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds, which is four tenths quicker than the Euro-spec BMW Z4 M40i, powered by an engine with identical ratings. It’s also a tenth-second quicker than the Toyota Supra, which comes with a minor four-pound-foot deficit. Compared to the U.S.-spec Z4, the Plus Six is a tenth-second slower, but it makes sense given that the Bimmer comes with 382 horses on tap, 47 horsepower more than the Morgan.

So what’s the secret behind the Plus Six’s quickness? It’s the low curb weight. Tipping the scales at only 2,370 pounds, the Morgan is almost 1,000 pounds lighter than both the Toyota Supra and the BMW Z4. Sure, it’s not exactly a fair comparison given the Plus Six’s construction and purpose, but it’s a good way to notice that the power-to-weight ratio can make a big difference.

So to answer our first question, yes, the Morgan Plus Six should leave a mark at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. At least for enthusiasts who still appreciate lightweight designs and vintage-style cues.

Further reading

Can the Morgan Plus Six Make Its Mark At the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb?
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2019 Morgan Plus Six Comes with Supra Power, It’s Quicker than the Toyota

2012 Morgan Plus 8 Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2012 Morgan Plus 8.

2015 Morgan Aero 8 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2015 Morgan Aero 8.

Morgan’s new Plus Six, the most advanced road-going Morgan ever produced, is set to take-on the Goodwood Hillclimb next week
Plus Six to feature as part of the ‘First Glance’ category at this year’s show
F3 Cup, Morgan racer, and Plus Six development driver Shane Kelly to thrill passengers and crowds with the dynamic capabilities of the latest British sportscar
Plus Six, as well as the company’s all-new CX-Generation platform, will take pride of place on the main Morgan stand
Malvern, 28th June 2019: The most advanced road-going Morgan ever produced is set to take-on the Goodwood Hillclimb at the 26th annual Festival of Speed. Next week, Morgan Plus Six test driver Shane Kelly will pilot the next generation of hand-built British sportscar up the 1.2-mile run through the Goodwood estate.

Two high-speed runs will take place each day, including a timed slot on Saturday, giving multiple opportunities for the new 3.0-litre, 335bhp turbocharged straight-six BMW engined Plus Six to stretch its legs.

Attendees of the world-famous Festival of Speed can visit the Morgan Motor Company at its stand, situated opposite the supercar paddock and hill climb start line. Another splendid example of the Plus Six roadcar will feature on the stand, alongside the all-new Morgan CX platform, which underpins the next generation sportscar.

Toby Blythe, Morgan Motor Company Head of Marketing said: “It is with great pride that Morgan Motor Company can represent the history and evolution of the automobile in Britain at the nation’s largest, and best loved automotive event. The Festival of Speed has become a national institution over the last quarter of a century, and we are delighted to have our newest, and most exciting sportscar going up the famed Goodwood hill.

“The Plus Six’s dynamic global debut is an incredibly significant event in the 110th year of Morgan’s wonderful history, and there is no greater place to present the car than the Goodwood Festival of Speed.”

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