Here’s why the Morgan Plus Four might be a better option than the Plus Six

If Top Gear and The Grand Tour are car shows you go to for the giggles, Carfection is a bit more to the point when it comes to car reviews. It’s fun to follow, but you also get valuable insights on the model reviews.

For this week’s episode Henry Catchpole jumped inside the new Morgan Plus Four, almost a year after he reviewed the Plus Six. And the conclusion might surprise you.

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If you're not very familiar with the Plus Four, it just replaced the dated Plus 4 and features a brand-new, turbocharged four-cylinder engine from BMW under the hood

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It’s essentially an alternative to the Plus Six, powered by a six-cylinder mill, also borrowed from BMW. Unlike the Plus Six, the Plus Four comes with a manual transmission. It also costs notably less and pricing is one of Catchpole’s arguments to buying the Plus Four over the Plus Six, even though it’s not as powerful. Actually, having driven the Plus Six after its introduction in 2019, Henry claims that the Plus Four feels almost just as sporty.

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But have a look at the nine-minute video for a full rundown. He discusses the ups and downs of the Plus Four and gives it a good run on a twisty back road. And the landscape is amazing, really.

Morgan Plus Four vs Morgan Plus Six comparison

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The two cars look almost identical on the inside. Their cabins are very similar as well in terms of layout, features, and technology. But while the Plus Six can be had with a hard-top, the Plus Four is only available with a soft-top.

The biggest difference is under the hood. The Plus Four features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, while the Plus Six comes with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder.

Both are turbocharged, both are borrowed from BMW, and both come with eight-speed automatic transmissions. But the Plus Four is also available with a six-speed manual if you’re into rowing your own gears.

2020 Morgan Plus Four specifications
Automatic Manual
Engine BMW 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo, inline four-cylinder BMW 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo, inline four-cylinder
Gearbox Eight-speed automatic with comfort, sport, sport plus and manual shift modes Six-speed manual  
Maximum power 255 bhp (190 kW) at 4400 rpm 255 bhp (190 kW) at 5500 rpm
Maximum torque 295 lb ft (400 Nm) at 1000-4300 rpm 258 lb ft (350 Nm) at 1000-5000 rpm
0-62 mph (0-100 kph) 4.8 seconds 5.2 seconds
Top speed 149 mph (240 kph) 149 mph (240 kph)
Power to weight 253 bhp / tonne 252 bhp / tonne
Fuel consumption (combined)* 40 mpg (7.0 l/100km) 39 mpg (7.3 l/100km)
CO2 emissions* 159 g/km 165 g/km
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When it comes to power, the Plus Four cranks out 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque when fitted with the manual transmission. The Plus Six model generates 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet, so the Plus Four lags behind by only 80 horses and 74 pound-feet. The sprint to 62 mph varies on what gearbox you choose. The manual will get you there in 5.2 seconds, while the automatic model takes 4.8 clicks. The Plus Six is 0.6 seconds quicker with a 4.2-second rating. The Plus Four’s top speed is rated at 149 mph, 16 mph below the Plus Six.

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 More
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