In a world where mechanization has superseded art, cars are now made by robotic hands sharing the platforms, parts, and drivetrains underneath. Amidst this, there are still a few companies that have managed to keep things old school amalgamating it with the touch of modern times. If you are a fan of these modern classics that bring the best of old and new together, then Morgan Motor Company’s newest creation the Aero 8 is sure to get your time, attention and applause.
Coming out of a small British-based company Morgan that still likes to do things the way they should, the Aero 8 is the company’s flagship creation introduced in 2001 and made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. Technically in its fifth generation, the blokes from Worcestershire have equipped the Aero 8 with several mechanical upgrades and newer technology over its predecessor while also making it the most aerodynamic model to come from the British manufacturer. Does it hamper the classic lines? Hell no!
The all-new Morgan Aero 8 gets an updated chassis and body built of aluminium that has helped keep the weight a little over 1000 kgs while the front fascia up till the doors is more or less the same as the older model. The major changes, though come towards the rear where the Aero 8 is entirely new and features the clamshell lid trunk (since this is British). The new Aero 8 is also a convertible in its natural form with a folding soft top available that conveniently stows away behind the seats and is first ever for a Morgan. The company also offers a hardtop option for those who don’t get the best of England’s weather on a regular basis.
The Morgan Aero 8 also gets a new double wishbone independent suspension set up for all four wheels that provide improved comfort, especially at low speeds, not to forget better cornering prowess on the modern classic. The powertrain continues to remain the same BMW-sourced 4.8-litre V8 motor that gets a few software upgrades and now produces 367 HP of power that is propelled via the 6-speed manual or automatic transmission options with the latter getting paddle shifters as standard. There is also a limited-slip differential fitted on the model this time around.
Inside the cabin, the new Morgan flagship is quite luxurious and artistically finished with an all-new dashboard, real wood accents, textured carpets and seats upholstered in exquisite leather. Morgan has been generous to offer an improved air-conditioning unit on the new model; you know, in case you would like to drive around in Spain and not in England once in a while. The cabin also gets updated with major features including touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, carbon fiber seats, and an exotic bespoke detailing package for those who like a personal touch.
Keeping things exclusive, Morgan won’t be making more than 300 examples of the new Aero 8 with the model to be in production for around two years starting this October. The company has sold over 1,250 examples of their flagship offering over the years with even Richard Hammond (aka the little guy from Top Gear aka Hamster) being one of its owners for a brief period. So if you are one of those few who still believe that good things in life deserve time, attention and an equally impressive monetary value, the Morgan Aero 8 is definitely for you.