• Morgan is Finally Ditching the V-8 Engine in Favor of Something Fresh and New

Fewer cylinders and forced induction

British sports car manufacturer Morgan Motor Company will no longer produce vehicles powered by V-8 engines. With both the Plus 8 and Aero 8 models going out of production in 2019, Morgan will retire the V-8 engine for good. Interestingly enough, the V-8-powered Morgan will be phased out exactly 50 years since the company built the first car with this type of engine.

The End of the BMW-sourced V-8

The brand's most recent V-8 engine was sourced from BMW for the Aero 8 starting 2005

Morgan’s affair with the V-8 began in 1968 when the British adopted this design due to the decreasing availability of large four-cylinder engines for its Plus 4 model. The company adopted the Buick-based Rover V-8 engine and thus the Plus 8 roadster was born.

The brand’s most recent V-8 engine was sourced from BMW. In 2005, the Aero 8 series was launched with BMW’s N62B44 unit under the hood. The 4.4-liter V-8 was produced from 2001 to 2007 and also powered the BMW 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, and the X5. In 2008, Morgan adopted the newer, 4.8-liter V-8 codenamed N62B48. Introduced in 2004 in the X5, it also powered 5, 6 and 7 Series models.

The N62B48 was offered in the Aero 8, Aeromax, and Aero Coupe at first. The engine found its way into the Aero SuperSports in 2010 and the Plus 8 in 2015. Although BMW stopped using this mill in 2010, Morgan still offers the 4.8-liter V-8 almost 15 years since its introduction as of late 2018.

What’s Next?

Morgan is Finally Ditching the V-8 Engine in Favor of Something Fresh and New
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Although the Plus 8 and Aero 8 will be discontinued, it doesn’t mean that Morgan will stop producing sports cars alongside the 3-Wheeler. According to the British firm, a new "wide body" sports car will be unveiled in 2019. Details are very slim, but "wide body" could mean that Morgan will finally build a sports car with integrated fenders.

Under the hood, Morgan promises a new powertrain. It's described as "never before installed in a Morgan," but the company didn't provide specific info.

The four-minute documentary that Morgan released to sign off the V-8 includes an audio hint about the new engine at the end. And judging by the way it sounds, it should be a turbocharged V-6.

The modern engine will be paired with a brand-new platform that’s twice as stiff as the older aluminum ones. The new sports car won’t be the first to feature a V-6 engine. From 2004 to 2012, Morgan solid a Roadster model powered by the 3.7-liter Cyclone V-6 borrowed from Ford. However, it will be the first Morgan to feature turbocharging.

Further reading

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.

Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea
Senior Editor and Supercar Expert - ciprian@topspeed.com
Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read full bio
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