|Morgan Aero 8|
Morgan Aero 8 (march 2006)
|Manufacturer||Morgan Motor Company|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Sports car (S)|
|Body style||2-door convertible|
|Engine||4.4 L V8 N62|
4.8 L V8 N62
|Wheelbase||100 in (2530 mm)|
|Length||162 in (4120 mm)|
|Width||69 in (1770 mm)|
|Curb weight||1180 kg (2596 lb)|
The Morgan Aero 8 is a sports car built by Morgan Motor Company at its factory in Malvern Link, England (an area of Malvern in Worcestershire) and designed by the firm's designer Matthew Humphries.
The Aero 8 is notable for several reasons, primarily because it is the first new Morgan design since 1964's +4+. It does not use anti-roll bars, an oddity in a modern sporting car. It is also the first Morgan vehicle with an aluminium chassis and frame as opposed to traditional Morgan vehicles ("trads") that have an aluminium skinned wooden body tub on a steel chassis.
The engine first powering the Aero 8 was a 4.4 L BMW M62 V8 mated to a 6-speed Getrag transmission. In 2007, the Series 4 Aero 8 was released which had an upgraded 4.8 L BMW N62 V8 with an optional ZF automatic transmission. All Aero 8s are assembled at Morgan's Malvern Link factory, where they are able to produce up to 14 cars a week (Aeros and trads).
It has been criticized for its "crosseyed" look which originally was justified by the manufacturers as conferring aerodynamic benefits. In response, Morgan changed the design for 2007 and later cars to a front end design based on the Morgan Aeromax, using Mini rather than VW New Beetle headlights.
The Morgan Aeromax is the coupe variation of the Aero 8. Production, which was undertaken in 2008 and 2009, was limited to one hundred cars, each costing £110,000. Owners have included Richard Hammond, Rowan Atkinson and Paul O'Grady. Taillights of AeroMax and Super Sports were borrowed from Lancia Thesis.
Morgan Aero SuperSports
New Morgan Aero 8
At the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015 Morgan announced that the Morgan Aero 8 would be revived with a new model. This has since been discontinued in 2019.
The Aero 8's engine is BMW's dual overhead cam N62 V8, in either 4.4 L or 4.8 L displacements. The former's output is 334 PS (246 kW; 329 hp) and 450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft), while the latter's is 367 PS (270 kW; 362 hp) at 6000 rpm and 490 N⋅m (361 lb⋅ft) at 3600 rpm. The engine is paired with either a Getrag 6-speed manual or ZF 6-speed automatic transmission.
The chassis is an ultra-stiff aluminum alloy. Suspension is fully Independent, with Eibach coil springs, fully floating in the rear, over Koni shock absorbers. Brakes are cast iron discs, with 6-pot calipers at the front and 2-pot calipers at the rear.
For Version IV of the car, top speed is an estimated 170 mph (270 km/h) and 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is done in 4.3 seconds for the manual transmission and 4.1 seconds for the automatic.
The Aero 8 has competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice, in 2002 and 2004. There have also been several entries in the FIA GT series from both works cars and privateers. It is also used in the British GT Series. It is currently racing in the FIA GT3 European championship and has proven competitive. The Aero 8 GT3 car is built by AUTO GT. The Aero 8 was also used in the 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour scoring a DNF with a rare BMW engine failure and the 2004 12 Hours of Sebring finishing 20th outright and 10th in the GT class.
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