Seven more cars to follow in 2018

Launched in 2001 as Morgan’s first new design in decades, the Aero 8 is living its final months on the market as we speak. Discontinued in 2010 and revived in 2015, the Aero 8 is going into the history books in 2018 with one final model called the Aero GT. Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the GT is the company’s most extreme road-going model to date. Inspired by the GT3 model that raced at Le Mans in 2002 and 2004, the Aero GT is being built in just eight units, and the first car just rolled off the assembly line.

First Morgan Aero GT Rolls Off The Production Line
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Set to be delivered to Revolutions Morgan in Scotland, the first Aero GT is finished in a bespoke shade of blue that seems to have its roots in the first half of the 20th century.

Set to be delivered to Revolutions Morgan in Scotland, the first Aero GT is finished in a bespoke shade of blue that seems to have its roots in the first half of the 20th century. It looks a lot like the French Blue seen on early Bugatti race cars, but it does have a unique vibe. Unlike the presentation model in Geneva, it doesn’t have stripes on the engine hood and the rear fascia, but this isn’t surprising given that all vehicles are built to customer specifications.

This specific Aero GT will remain unique, so the lucky owner will have a one-of-a-kind Morgan in his garage. Needless to say, it’s the best way to say goodbye to a nameplate. The Aero 8 might not be that famous outside the Morgan circle, but it’s definitely an important car for the Worchestershire-based firm and an important piece of British sports car history. The Aero GT is also the last production model to use BMW’s 4.8-liter, V-8 N62 engine, which used to power models like the X5, 5 Series, and 6 Series until 2010.

First Morgan Aero GT Rolls Off The Production Line
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The Aero GT is also the last production model to use BMW's 4.8-liter, V-8 N62 engine

The GT is the fifth model of the Aero series after the original Aero 8, the AeroMax coupe, the Aero SuperSports Targa version, and the revised Aero 8 from 2015. A race-spec GT3 version was launched in 2002 and race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 12 Hours of Sebring, the British GT Series, and the FIA GT3 European Championship.

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Press release

At the Geneva Motor Show, Morgan Motor Company revealed its most extreme road-going model to date, the Aero GT – and the first edition has now rolled off the production line, destined for Revolutions Morgan in Scotland.

Morgan Motor Company will produce just eight of the special Aero GT variants – all vehicles individually built bespoke to customer specification. The Aero GT represents the end of Aero 8 production, guaranteeing that every Aero 8 owner will be the custodian of a very significant piece of Morgan history.

Powered by the same 367bhp BMW N62 V8 engine used in the Aero 8, the Aero GT will travel from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds, reaching a top speed of 170mph. Each Aero GT will be built with Morgan’s latest adjustable suspension and come with manual transmission.

Each customer will have an individual design consultancy with Jon Wells, Morgan’s Head of Design, before the car enters production. This, the first customer car to be completed, is finished in Miami Blue, which perfectly complements the aggressive body styling unique to the Aero GT.

The striking body panels of the Aero GT have been sculpted in such a way to ensure that tension and elegance is expressed in each line. All surfacing of the new panels was proven digitally via Computation Fluid Dynamics simulation prior to full scale validation. Each panel is created using the technologically advanced Superforming process synonymous with modern Morgans, before being hand-finished and transformed into Aero GT panels.

The front canard details and wing top louvre vents are proven to reduce low pressure on the sides of the Aero body, making a notable difference in frontal downforce. At the rear, the dramatic diffuser reduces air pressure from beneath the vehicle, increasing rear downforce and reducing the visual weight of the rear-end.

Finite enamelled ‘GT’ badges signify the model variant. Each is individually hand made by a British Jeweller.

The interior is hand-finished with a series of painted stitching and pinstripe accents, and an extended choice of wood options.

Steve Morris, Managing Director said:“Every Morgan is built to an exacting specification and is bespoke to each customer and the first Aero GT off the production line looks superb in every way. It was a pleasure to reveal the car to the world just a few weeks ago, to see the first car leave the factory is an honour and I know the new owner will be delighted when they take delivery.”

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