Have You ever wondered what a Morgan would look like in a Mad Max Movie? The newly-unveiled Plus Four CX-T is your answer.by Dim Angelov, on
Morgan is a manufacturer mostly known for its retro-styled vehicles that, until not too long ago, had wooden chassis. Not many know, however, that Morgan has a long history, participating in endurance events. Even back in 1911, Morgan cars not only participated, but also excelled in such competitions, around the UK. This is exactly what the Morgan Plus Four CX-T represents, as it’s the brand’s firsts all-terrain sports car in a very long time.
In order to make the Plus Four CX-T, Morgan has teamed up with Rally Raid. The UK-based company has a long history of preparing rugged competition cars, for races like Dakar. Make no mistake, this is much more than just a Morgan Plus Four that’s been lifted.
Although it has the same aluminum chassis (no more wood), extensive upgrades have been made to make the CX-T a formidable all-terrain machine. It even has a bespoke Coilover suspension setup that's based on a modified version of the Morgan Plus Six's front wishbone suspension.
All this makes the Plus Four CX-T surprisingly versatile, as it has 9 inches (230 mm) of ground clearance and 4.9 inches (125 mm) suspension travel. For comparison, the new Land Rover Defender has 8.5 inches (216 mm) of ground clearance (in its lowest setting).
Performance-wise, the Plus Four CX-T is motivated by a BMW-derived B48 unit. The 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected, inline-four engine makes 255 horsepower and 258 pound-feet (350 Nm). This four-banger is “married” to a six-speed manual, while the grip is maximized by an electronically-controlled limited-slip differential with three different modes.
|Engine||2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected, inline-four|
The Mad Max aesthetics are further enhanced by the tubular steel frame that doubles as roof support. There are also mountings for two spare wheels, like on a Trophy truck, as well as various storage areas for tools and equipment. The Plus Four CX-T can also be extensively personalized for various types of specialized or outdoor equipment. Just don’t ask Morgan to put an oven or a fridge (maybe they will).
Sadly, the Morgan Plus Four CX-T will be produced in very limited numbers.
Only 8 of them will leave the factory, each of them done according to the customer’s specification.
Morgan says the CX-T will have a base price of £170,000, which equates to $236,900 at current exchange rates. However, after personalization options and taxes, the CX-T will break the £200,000 ($278,730) barrier. All eight cars will be finished by the end of 2022.