British carmaker Morgan has revealed its Aero GT model at the Geneva motor show. The sportscar will be the company’s final Aero model and only eight units of the special GT variant will be built.
It will also be the last car to use BMW’s long-standing N62 V8 engine. Having powered Morgan’s Aero since it launched in 2000, the naturally aspirated 4.8-litre unit, which hasn’t been used in a BMW since 2010, will also bow out in its most potent form.
Producing 372hp and 490Nm of torque, the V8 is linked to a BMW six-speed manual gearbox that delivers drive to the rear wheels. It can accelerate the 1,182kg Aero GT to 100kph in 4.5sec and a top speed of 273kph.
The bespoke variant gets aggressive aerodynamic features inspired by Morgan’s 2009 GT3 racing car. Most noticeable of which is the larger rear diffuser that’s said to lower pressure at the rear to push the car into the ground at speed. There are also several other smaller aerodynamic parts, including a pair of canards on the nose and extra louvre vents, that help to reduce air pressure over the body. Every panel is sculpted by hand.
The car retains the Aero 8’s aluminium chassis and adjustable suspension, but gains the option of a carbonfibre hard top in place of the standard soft top. This covers a hand-finished interior featuring painted stitching and pinstriping along with wood trim made from wood.