You won’t be able to tell it by just looking at the car, but the Morgan Plus Six is all-new underneath the skin. The retro-styled roadster features a familiar design but rides on the company’s new CX-Generation aluminum bonded platform which is twice as rigid as the previous architecture of Morgan. Interestingly, parts of the platform are made of wood, but the automaker says there’s no weight penalty and the structure weighs less than 220 pounds (100 kilograms) in total.
Under the hood of the Plus Six is a 3.0-liter straight-six turbocharged engine from BMW. In fact, this is the same (B58) unit that also powers the new Toyota Supra. In this application, it delivers 335 horsepower (250 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque. The unit is mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and a manual gearbox is in the works.
Gallery: Morgan Plus Six
The low weight of just 2,369 pounds (1,075 kilograms) and the use of a BMW-sourced motor, Morgan says, makes the new Plus Six “the most dynamically capable Morgan ever produced.” Translating this into numbers, the car needs 4.2 seconds to reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from a standstill while top speed is 166 mph (267 kph). In addition, the efficient powertrain turns the new roadster into “one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles within the Morgan range” with a combined fuel economy of 38.2 miles per gallon (7.4 liters per 100 kilometers).
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As a true Morgan product, the Plus Six doesn’t feature a large display in the cabin. And if you find the gear shifter on the center console somewhat familiar, that’s because it’s taken directly from BMW. The car has two driving modes, Sport and Sport Plus, but these only adjust the throttle response and gear shift times as the car doesn’t feature adaptive suspension or steering.
Morgan will produce no more than 300 examples of the roadster per year with each coming with a starting price of £77,995, or roughly $102,670 at the current exchange rates.
Other applications of BMW's B58 motor: