Morgan Motor Company has teased a race-inspired version of the Aero, set to be fully unveiled at the Geneva motor show next year.
Just eight examples of the “gloves off” Aero GT will be built, marking the end of Aero 8 production at Morgan’s factory on Pickersleigh Road, Worcestershire. Perhaps unsurprisingly, all eight are already sold to existing customers. Each car will be developed in tandem with the owner, meaning no two will be the same.
Morgan is making a big deal of tweaks to the hand-shaped body, including new louvres on the front wheel-arches and a “drastic” rear diffuser. Both touches are designed to cut drag and “significantly” increase downforce at speed, based on lessons learned in GT3 racing.
Power comes from a 4.8-litre BMW-sourced V8 engine making 264kW, hooked up to a six-speed manual gearbox for a 4.5 second sprint to 100km/h. Top speed is 275km/h. Not only is this the end for the current-shape Aero 8, it’s the last place you’ll be able to find a naturally-aspirated BMW V8, making it something of a unicorn in the motoring world.
Given it initially launched in 2000, the Aero 8 has lived a good life. The GT was initially designed during the development of the 2015 Aero 8, but it never saw the light of day. Rather than letting the idea die, Morgan has rolled out the hotter, race-inspired Aero to celebrate the life of what was, at the time, its first new design since the 1964 Plus 4.
Since then, the company has expanded its range to include the (you guessed it) retro-inspired 3 Wheeler, and has announced plans to electrify its core range.