Morgan Teases New Model For Geneva
British manufacturer Morgan has announced it will launch a new model at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. The single teaser image Morgan has released so far suggests that the new vehicle could be related to the Aero Coupe and Aero Supersport models. Both represent a significant departure from the company’s traditional styling, seen on models such as the 4/4 and the Plus 8, featuring integrated fenders and front bumper, as well as a heavily revised rear end. Judging by the preliminary teaser (shown above), the Brits are likely to showcase the new version of the Aero in Geneva.
With no actual clue as to the identity of the new sports car except for the Aero front end, I’m inclined to believe this Morgan won’t be an all-new car, but rather a slightly revised Aero with a new engine. The current Aero roster is motivated by BMW-sourced, 4.8-liter V-8 engines the Germans stopped using in the X5 SUV and the 5 Series sedan five years ago. With these mills unlikely to pass future emissions standards, Morgan may have developed or borrowed a new engine for the Aero series.
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Why it matters
Morgan has been using BMW’s N62 engine for seven years now, with great success. The secret obviously lies in the V-8’s capability to deliver 367 horsepower and 370 pound-feet of torque. Combined with the Aero’s low curb weight, both the Coupe and the Supersports boast power-to-weight ratios of 315 ponies per ton. On the other hand, these sports cars emit between 256 and 282 grams of carbon-dioxide per km, two figures Morgan will want to lower in the near future.
There is no indication as to what engine Morgan might use in the updated Aero, but I have a hunch BMW’s latest twin-turbo V-8 is a good candidate. A V-6 plant is possible as well, but it all depends on whether Morgan wants to ditch the V-8 tradition the Aero 8 was built upon.
Of course, this new Aero-family model set to arrive in Geneva could also be a limited-edition version with bespoke interior features and subdued extras on the outside. We’ll probably find out more in the coming weeks, as Morgan will release new teasers.
The SP1 is the latest Aero-based model to come from Morgan as of February 2015. Built as a one-off, production version of the 2009 LifeCar Concept by the company’s Special Projects Division, the Morgan SP1 features a mostly standard front end, while showcasing a dramatically different rear fascia, with a shooting-brake-like roof and larger taillights.
The SP1’s interior is equally stunning, with acres of wood covering the dashboard, the door panels, and the floor. The steering wheel is a classy combination of wood and aluminum, resembling that of a speed boat. Most of the door panels are wrapped in leather.
Under the hood of the SP1 lurks a 3.7-liter V-6 engine from the Morgan Roadster. The Ford-sourced mill that cranks out 280 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque in the Roadster received a custom ECU setup that enables the SP1 to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than six seconds.