First Morgan Aero GT rolls off production line
AT this year’s Geneva Motor Show in March, British sports car manufacturer Morgan showed off its latest limited-run vehicle – the Aero GT – and only a few weeks later, the first example has been built.
Just eight units of the swansong version of the Aero 8, which has been in production since 2001, are set to be made and this is the first. It’s finished in Miami Blue paint, and is heading to Revolutions Morgan in Perth, Scotland, where it will be collected by its new owner.
Each car is built by hand at Morgan’s Worcestershire-based factory, with customers able to meet with the firm’s head of design, John Wells, to specify it exactly how they want it before it enters production. All examples have been allocated through Morgan’s global dealer network, with prices starting at £120,000.
Steve Morris, managing director of Morgan, said: ‘Every Morgan is built to an exacting specification and is bespoke to each customer and the first Aero GT off the production line looks superb in every way.
‘It was a pleasure to reveal the car to the world just a few weeks ago, to see the first car leave the factory is an honour and I know the new owner will be delighted when they take delivery.’
Powering the Morgan Aero GT is a BMW-sourced V8 engine, delivering 367 bhp to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. It’s capable of 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 170 mph possible.
To help keep that power to the ground, the bodywork has been heavily revised from the Aero 8 – with the GT taking inspiration from Morgan’s GT3 racing efforts in 2009.