It is a surprising move for the long-lived automaker, but Morgan is the latest company to get in on the off-roader trend. The brand introduces the Morgan Plus Four CX-T that features an array of updates for making the roadster perform in the dirt. There's a limited run of just eight of these machines for £170,000 each.
The CX-T gains an external roll cage over the passenger compartment and lights mounted to it above the roof. There are storage bags on each fender.
Gallery: Morgan Plus Four CX-T
Morgan overhauls the rear section to create a storage area that's large enough for two full-sized spare wheels. This space also comes with two waterproof Pelican luggage cases, a Zarges aluminium toolbox, and two Rotopax 11-liter fuel containers.
To handle off-road work, Plus Four CX-T gains modified Plus Six wishbones that widen the track and increase wheel travel. It rides on EXE-TC coilovers with internal bump stops. There's 9.05 inches (230 millimeters) of ground clearance. Bespoke bushes in the lower suspension arms are for increasing durability.
A five-piece skid plate setup protects the underbody from obstacles. There's also a revised exhaust layout that routes out of the side at the rear to improve the departure angle.
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The Plus Four uses a BMW-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 255 horsepower (190 kilowatts). Morgan also gets the BMW X-Drive electronic rear differential with custom software. There are three modes: Road with an open differential, All-Terrain with 45 percent lock, and All-Terrain Extreme with 100 percent lock.
The CX-T's cabin comes with a composite hard top that Morgan engineers to fit between the internal and external roll cages. A mounting track is on the dashboard for holding things like a phone or camera. A reremovable map holder and insulated cool bag are in the passenger footwell. A first aid kit is behind the seats.
Morgan is taking orders for the CX-T. It intends to build all eight before the end of the year.