When Morgan introduced the Aero 8 in 2000, it was their first brand new car since 1948. Now, it's 2015, and they've made a new one. Oh, and it sounds like they kept the side pipes connected to a V8. Lovely.
The Aero platform was a big deal for Morgan since it uses an aluminum chassis instead of their traditional ash frame. It was also the fastest thing coming out of the famous factory on Pickersleigh Road by far, packing a 4.4 liter V8 from BMW mated to a six-speed manual sending 333 horsepower to the rear. The coupe version, the Morgan AeroMax was the crown jewel of Morgan's lineup with even more power on tap, while the Aero 8 went to Le Mans twice mixing that wood with some carbon fiber, which is the oldest people in Malvern probably think is a main component in pencils.
Fifteen years on, they felt it's time for a new one. Morgan's Chief of Design Jon Wells had this to say about it:
All I can say is that it is, as you have probably ascertained, an evolution of the Aero. A car that celebrates 15 years since the launch of the Aero platform at Morgan. Arguably the most resolved and exciting Aero model to date.
It sure sounds like it!
I'm guessing a V8 with side pipes, a sexy aluminum body, the most British interior you can think of packed with the finest leathers, tastefully exposed bits here and there and more power than ever before.
What could possibly go wrong? It's a new Morgan Aero!
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