Only eight units will be made

Launched in 2001, the Aero 8 was and remains Morgan’s first modern design since 1948. The sleek vehicle spawned a coupe, a Targa, and a race variant before it was discontinued in 2010, but it was brought back to life in 2015 with minor updates. Come 2018 and Morgan decided to discontinue the nameplate for good and crafted one final limited-edition model. Called the Aero GT, it was just unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and will put an end to the Aero nameplate by the end of the year.

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Unlike other limited-edition models, the Aero GT is more than just a regular Aero with mild improvements

Unlike other limited-edition models, the Aero GT is more than just a regular Aero with mild improvements. Several body panels were redesigned for this model, which draws inspiration from the race-spec Aero GT3 that Morgan introduced in 2009. The end result is a motorsport-inspired coupe that only needs a livery to become a full-fledged race car. Morgan restyled both the wings and the louvers, giving the car a more aggressive look. Combined with the new canards and the reshaped roof, they reduce low pressure on the sides of the body, improving frontal downforce.

Around back, the heavily sculpted fenders are joined by an aggressive diffuser that reduces air pressure from beneath the vehicle, increasing rear downforce and reducing the visual weight of the rear-end. Unlike the standard Aero, the GT has a carbon-fiber hard-top. The roof is a tribute to 1960s race cars, featuring a rearward facing vent. The transparent lenses of the taillights add to the modern look of the car. The exterior is rounded off by "GT" badges made by a British jeweler and yellow accents on the diffuser and side skirts, as well as a yellow stripe across the engine hood.

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The sprint to 62 mph takes 4.5 seconds, while top speed is set at 170 mph

There are no photos of the interior, but Morgan says it’s hand-finished with a series of painted stitching and pinstripe accents and an extended choice of wood options. Given that each model will be tailored to each customer, all eight units should be unique inside the cabin.

Under the hood, the Aero GT comes with the same 4.8-liter V-8 engine that Morgan has been using in the Aero and Plus 8 models for a few years. The unit in question is BMW’s N62 engine, which was introduced in 2001 and upgraded to 4.8-liter specs in 2003. Used in models such as the BMW X5, 5 Series, 6 Series, and the Wiesmann GT MF4, the unit was discontinued in 2010, leaving Morgan as the last carmaker to still use. The Aero GT will be last production car draw its juice from this V-8 engine.

Specs are carried over unchanged from the standard Aero 8, producing the same 367 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque. The sprint to 62 mph takes 4.5 seconds, while top speed is set at 170 mph. The engine mates to the same six-speed manual transmission, also borrowed from BMW. There’s no automatic option for this car. Morgan’s latest adjustable suspension gives the Aero GT sporty dynamics.

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All vehicles will be individually built to each customer, who have an individual design consultancy with Jon Wells

The British firm will produce just eight units the special Aero GT. All vehicles will be individually built to each customer, who have an individual design consultancy with Jon Wells, Morgan’s Head of Design before the car enters production. Each vehicle will be completed in eight to 10 weeks.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Morgan Aero GT.

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Press release

The Morgan Motor Company has today revealed its most extreme road-going model to date, the Aero GT. The family owned, British manufacturer officially unveiled the car at the 88th International Geneva Motor Show.

The longest established independent automotive manufacturer, Morgan Motor Company will produce just eight of the special Aero GT variants. All vehicles will be individually built bespoke to each customer. 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.

All 8 Aero GTs have been allocated through the Morgan Global Retailor network, and will be built with a manual transmission. 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.

The Aero GT will be built by the Morgan Special Projects department. Morgan’s approach will see each Aero GT built as an individual bespoke special edition, rather than eight identical examples.

Each customer will have an individual design consultancy with Jon Wells, Morgan’s Head of Design before the car enters production, remaining in build for 8-10 weeks. As with every Morgan, each customer will have the opportunity to follow the build of their vehicle closely and witness their car come to life.

The dramatic evolution of the Aero GT is most striking in its restyled wing impressions and louvres. Their addition serves both functional and aesthetic advantages, and were developed alongside the design of the latest Aero 8 in 2015.

Taking inspiration from the aggressive aerodynamic profiles seen on Morgan’s striking 2009 GT3 race car, similar body form functions were explored during the development of the Aero 8. However, these were not immediately put into production but paved the way for future exploration of what a ‘gloves off’ Aero 8 could look like.

For the final eight Aero 8 vehicles, Morgan’s design department applied knowledge developed throughout the research process of the latest Aero 8 in order to introduce the aerodynamic enhancements as seen on the Aero GT, striking a balance of exhilarating performance along with head-turning aesthetics.

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.

All Aero GT’s have the option of a carbon fibre hard-top. Taking inspiration from 1960s race cars, the hard-top on the Aero GT features a rearward facing roof vent that reflects the rear graphic of the tail-light, while improving the drag coefficient of the vehicle.

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: “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. The Aero 8 has been a stalwart of Morgan production for almost 20 years, it offers an exceptional driving experience and unrivalled looks, further enhanced in Aero GT guise.

“Every Morgan is built to an exacting specification and is bespoke to each customer; their personality is displayed in every detail. Owners invest a great deal of emotion in choosing and tailoring their own perfect specification, this investment is rewarded at the first drive of their unique and exhilarating vehicle. The Aero GT is the ultimate ensemble of this formula.”

Jon Wells, Head of Design said: “The Aero GT, unlike its predecessors, adopts an unconventionally aggressive aesthetic. However, a purist approach to achieving a design in which ‘form follows function’ has been rigidly adhered to. This is most apparent in the new additions to the body work.

The additional wing top louvres, side impressions and dramatic rear diffuser have all been tested extensively to ensure they work together to reduce drag and increase road holding capability. The merits of these additions were first unearthed during the early development phases of the 2015 Aero 8 whilst we were exploring the requirements of a more aerodynamically efficient Aero. This was a key requirement of the initial Aero 8 brief.

Each new panel has been sculpted by hand, by Morgan master craftsmen. 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. Unlike many, we can make 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.”

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