Morgan sends off Aero 8 with 274kW coach-built Aero GT

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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It’s a tall-order to send off the first new Morgan model since 1964, and one that was first built almost 18 years ago

Coachbuilding as often regarded as a dead art from a bygone era; however Morgan is one of the few notable car makers who still make their living off of bespoke, hand-crafted automobiles.

Morgan’s +4+ of 1964 was the British marque’s first attempt to modernise the brand’s styling, however was ultimately a sales flop.

The Aero 8, arriving decades later in 2000, was far more successful. With retro design cues, yet penned for the 21st century, it was a thoroughly modern car – especially by Morgan standards.

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Last month at the Geneva Motor Show, Morgan unveiled what is to be the final swansong for the Aero 8.

Dubbed the Aero GT, this is Morgan’s most performance-focused model ever; still utilising the 4.4lt BMW-sourced V8 but now strung out to 274kW and a thumping 502Nm of torque, the car will sprint to 100 in 4.5 seconds eventually running out of puff at 273kph.

The classically-shaped hand-sculpted body now possesses as many louvres, canards and diffusers as any other household-name supercar. And before you ask, no the chassis is no longer made of wood, but of aluminium.

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Furthermore, there are only eight billed in to be built – and they’re all spoken for already.

Those eight lucky customers won’t risk getting their cars confused with each other either, as each will have a one-on-one design consultation with Morgan’s Head of Design - with almost limitless options.

Morgan had no intention of building eight identical cars; instead they are treating each one as an individual special edition.

We think that’s a well-deserving send-off for the end of such a special model, and such a special brand.

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