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tric or hybrid model. The new flagship model will then follow before 2024.
Initially, the car is likely to be produced as a hand-built twodoor coupe, fitted with a six-cylinder engine producing around 350bhp. Performance will likely be close to the brand's late flagship the Plus 8, meaning a 060mph time of around 4.5 seconds and a top speed of more than 150mph. It's likely to be priced around the same level as the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, approximately €134,600.
The new chassis is similar in weight and dimensions to the current one but twice as rigid, aiding handling and comfort. Morgan says it's also suitable for a wider variety in driver size - a boon for any particularly tall, short or wide enthusiasts.
Crucially, the platform can also handle forthcoming elec- trification demands, providing space for batteries and electric motors if necessary. The 109year-old brand recently celebrated its best-performing year in history, with special anniversary models of its Aero GT and V8 selling out. The Malvernbased company now employs 30 people in-house to design and engineer its models. Luxury car-maker Bentley has launched what it claims is the first superfast "reliable and secure" in-car Wi-Fi system. The British company has created a bespoke router built into the boot of its cars and says it plans to introduce it to all of its models in 2019.
Called Advanced Connectivity, the network will use three SIM cards inside the router, which will link to a fixed broadband hub to provide connectivity while on the move.
Bentley connected car product manager, Hamid Qureshi, said the system performed well in testing and the firm is now keen to see it used by customers.
"We're really excited in terms of the uses cases - this idea that when you're in the back of a Bentley car you can actually use this advanced connectivity to simultaneously view multiple types of heavy content," said Qureshi. "So you could be sitting in the back of the car and a fellow passenger could be streaming Netflix on their iPad, and another passenger could be doing a live Skype call, another could be receiving a heavy data file from the office and editing that file and sending it back - and it's all happening simultaneously because of this advanced router connectivity."
He added security was a crucial part of the network's design, with much scrutiny over the safety of connected cars in the wake of several high-profile hacking demonstrations in recent years.
"Security is a non-negotiable topic," Qureshi said. "Our ambition is to always ensure, through rigorous quality and testing, that products are secure and that goes not just for physical products such as producing a car but also digital services. Safety is a non-negotiable paramount."
Bentley's system has been built in collaboration with telecoms firm Viasat, which has managed 14 million Wi-Fi hotspots and brought satellite-enabled Wi-Fi to commercial and government aircraft.
By PA Motoring Team