MOR­GAN AERO’S LAST HUR­RAH

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FAM­ILY-OWNED car maker Mor­gan Mo­tor Com­pany has re­vealed its most ex­treme road-go­ing model in its 108year his­tor y, the Aero GT.

Launched at the 2018 In­ter­na­tional Geneva Mo­tor Show the Mor­gan Aero GT will be pro­duced at the com­pany’s Malvern Vale base in Worces­ter­shire.

The GT is the last model Aero to be made by Mor­gan’s Spe­cial Projects di­vi­sion and cel­e­brates the mile­stone with this ex­clu­sive model, of which just eight will be pro­duced.

These last eight hand­made Aero’s will be in­di­vid­u­ally tai­lored to each cus­tomer, en­sur­ing they have a sig­nif­i­cant piece of Mor­gan his­tory. Each buyer will have an in­di­vid­ual de­sign con­sul­ta­tion with Jon Wells, Mor­gan’s Head of De­sign, be­fore the car en­ters pro­duc­tion – the re­quired build-pe­riod is 8-10 weeks. As with ev­ery Mor­gan, each cus­tomer can fol­low the build of their ve­hi­cle closely and wit­ness their car come to life.

Pow­er­ing the Aero GT is a 270 kW BMW V8 that shoves it to 100km/h in 4.5 sec­onds and a 275km/h top speed.

In a fit­ting fi­nale, the Aero GT will have its most strik­ing Com­pu­ta­tion Fluid Dy­nam­ics-aided styling, with large wings and lou­vres – sim­i­lar to those seen on the Mor­gan GT3 race car in 2009. A car­bon fi­bre hard­top is op­tional. Un­der­neath a man­ual gear­box is cou­pled to the V8 Bim­mer en­gine and the sus­pen­sion is ad­justable front and back.

The interior is handfin­ished with a se­ries of painted stitch­ing and pin­stripe ac­cents, and an ex­tended choice of wood op­tions. Fi­nite enam­elled ‘GT’ badges sig­nif y the model vari­ant. Each is in­di­vid­u­ally hand-made by a Bri­tish Jew­eller.

Steve Mor­ris, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor said: “One of our great­est strengths as a brand is our abil­ity to be re­spon­sive and cre­ate a hand-built car which is truly be­spoke to each cus­tomer. The Aero 8 has been a stal­wart of Mor­gan pro­duc­tion for al­most 20 years, it of­fers an ex­cep­tional driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and un­ri­valled looks, fur­ther en­hanced in Aero GT guise.

“Ev­ery Mor­gan is built to an ex­act­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tion and the owner's in­di­vid­ual per­son­al­ity is dis­played in ev­ery de­tail. Own­ers in­vest a great deal of emo­tion in choos­ing and tai­lor­ing their own per­fect spec­i­fi­ca­tion, this in­vest­ment is re­warded at the first drive of their unique and ex­hil­a­rat­ing ve­hi­cle. The Aero GT is the ultimate en­sem­ble of this for­mula.”

Jon Wells, Head of De­sign said: “The Aero GT, un­like its pre­de­ces­sors, adopts an un­con­ven­tion­ally ag­gres­sive aes­thetic. How­ever, a purist ap­proach to achiev­ing a de­sign in which ‘form fol­lows func­tion’ has been rigidly ad­hered to. This is most ap­par­ent in the new ad­di­tions to the body work.

"Each new panel has been sculpted by hand, by Mor­gan mas­ter crafts­men. The beauty of work­ing so closely with tal­ented sheet metal work­ers and coach­builders is that de­sign­ers are rel­a­tively un­re­strained in their abil­ity to chal­lenge the forms and their func­tions. Un­like many, we can make spe­cial lim­it­ededi­tion ve­hi­cles that re­ally ex­er­cise the imag­i­na­tion of the designer and the abil­ity of the crafts­man.

"The Aero range has al­ways of­fered Mor­gan the plat­form to ex­plore the bound­aries of me­chan­i­cal and styling de­sign and I am de­lighted the fam­ily has al­lowed one of our wildest ideas to be­come a re­alit y.”

The Mor­gan Aero GT is priced from £120,000. More in­for­ma­tion: ChrisVanWyk mor­gan­cars.com.au

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