Morgan is currently enjoying its hundredth year of continuous motor vehicle manufacturing; a remarkable feat. The traditional English sportscar manufacturer (founded by HFS Morgan and still owned by the Morgan family) has watched as countless other small manufacturers have come and gone.
And in some astounding ways, Morgan has survived the 100 years unscathed. It has managed to largely retain its traditional styling and continues to use wood in the construction of its sportcars.
In order to properly celebrate its Centenary, Morgan has announced a limited run model, the Morgan Aero SuperSports. Designed and engineered in house, the Morgan Aero SuperSports is a lightweight aluminium sports car with a luxurious specification, that combines traditional and modern styling as only Morgan can.
In true Morgan tradition, the interior features a combination of polished hardwoods, hand-stitched leather and electronic technology. The result is a driving environment that is described by Morgan as being, ?efficient, ergonomic and sumptuous?.
Morgan has confirmed that the Aero SuperSports is, despite the opulence, still a relative lightweight (although an exact kerb weight has not been provided). In the spirit of Morgans before it ,the Supersports uses its light weight to good advantage, providing performance and responsiveness in addition to fuel efficiency.
" The Morgan Aero SuperSports is a luxurious flamboyant sports car which also remains true to Morgan's philosophy of lightweight minimalist simplicity. It is a celebration of our love of cars and the romance of travel and is a fitting model to announce during Morgan's Centenary year," said Charles Morgan, Grandson of Morgan?s founder.
The lightweight construction consists of aircraft-style superformed aluminium outer panels, a technology that was debuted by Morgan on the 100 AeroMax coupes built by the factory in 2008 and 2009. There are also two aluminium detachable roof panels, allowing owners to choose between a fixed or open roof driving experience.
The lightweight aluminium Aero chassis is adhesively bonded and exceeds global crash protection standards (this is also the platform used by the Morgan Aero Eight GT3 currently competing successfully in the 2009 International FIA GT3 Championship).
Power is provided by 4.8 litres of BMW?s finest, an all-aluminium V8 engine that can be combined with a choice of either a six-speed automatic or manual gearboxes.
Drawn by Matthew Humphries, and engineered for production by the experienced 'Morgan Design' team, the new Aero SuperSports is due to enter production in early 2010. A deposit of ?25,000 is required to ensure the supply of one of these exciting new models. It is anticipated to cost around ?127,000 including VAT.