Morgan reveals Aero Coupe
Morgan has today released details of their new Aero Coupe, to be launched at the Geneva Motor Show in early March. The model is essentially a full production version of the AeroMax Coupe which was first shown to the public in 2006 as a one-off model before eventually getting a limited 100 unit production run in 2008.
In order to differentiate it from the AeroMax though, Morgan have given the Aero Coupe a rear window design like the Aero Supersports, but ‘tucked in’ a little. The AeroMax had a very distinctive split rear window which opened, much like the famed Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic, so removing this feature presumably keeps the AeroMax owners happy, as they bought a limited run car.
The Aero Coupe gets a boat-tail like rear end, with buttresses curving inward to the rear, with a small vertical rear window and a fixed roof. The sleek rear lights (from the discontinued Lancia Thema, fact fans) remain, and there are added vents on the bodywork as a nod to the GT3 Aero race car it is based upon.
The new Aero Coupe is powered by a BMW-sourced 4.8-liter V8 engine that generates 390 bhp and rides on a lightweight platform. The body and chassis are made from aluminium which results in an expected kerb weight of less than 1175 kg.
These specifications amount to an admirable power/weight ratio of 330 bhp per tonne and allow the coupe to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of 170 mph.
No prices have yet been announced, but expect it to cost a fair amount less than the £110,000 that the AeroMax cost. That was due to the low volume, so this Aero Coupe should be available for under £80,000.
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