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Morgan reveals Aero Coupe

So British, it may as well be painted in red, white and blue...

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.

Images courtesy of Morgan

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Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more