Morgan's new 100th anniversary car, the Morgan Aero SuperSports, is beautiful, to say the least.
In this 100th year of operations for Morgan Motor Company, the specialty manufacturer has announced they will be putting the Morgan Aero SuperSports on the market. To this day, Morgan is still owned by the family of entrepreneur HFS Morgan, and it shows in many of the design characteristics still seen on their cars today.
HFS Morgan's grandson, Charles Morgan, spoke of the car's elegance through minimalism. "It is a celebration of our love of cars and the romance of travel and is a fitting model to announce during Morgan's Centenary year."
The lightweight Aero SuperSports utilizes aircraft-quality aluminum for the body panels with the intention of keeping the weight as low as possible. Aluminum is also used on the two detachable roof panels, which are placed in the boot when not in use. Even the chassis is built from the light metal, which uses adhesive bonding to increase rigidity.
Sharing the same platform as the Morgan Aero Eight GT3, the Aero SuperSports exceeds most crash safety standards worldwide.
This car is powered by the (also aluminum) 4.8-liter V8 engine from BMW, which can be mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. While many automatics are dull and boring, Morgan claims the opposite about their car. "No other automatic car offers such dynamic power transmission," they say in a press release.
Inside, the car definitely does not disappoint. Using hand stitched leather and wood throughout, Morgan strived to make the interior ergonomic so it could be comfortable above all else. While most of the luxury features found on the car could have had an adverse affect on performance, the company says not to worry. "In spite of all this opulence the overall weight of the car is still minimal so the car is responsive to driver inputs and economical to run."
You can reserve a Morgan Aero SuperSports for £25,000. Production of the car should begin early on in 2010, retailing for £127,000 including taxes.