Morgan has undated its Aero 8 model for 2015, unveiling the fifth generation of the model that appeared in 2000.
Morgan says the revised styling is influenced by drop-top cars from the 1960s, “reflecting a trend of long, fast and low shoulder lines and cabin focused body work”.
The carmaker also says the new Aero 8 will remind people of a boat deck when viewed from above.
A new ‘clam shell’ boot lid is fitted for the fifth generation, which Morgan says both tensions and hides the new soft-top roof. The boot lid opens ‘backwards’, front-to-rear.
A hardtop roof is optional for those who prefer to avoid the soft-top.
Inside, there’s a redesigned dashboard with real wood surrounds and the usual leather and lush carpet extras. A touchscreen multimedia system is optional, as are carbon-fibre seats.
Morgan says a new air conditioning system has been fitted for more comfortable use in warmer climates, and as a sign of commitment to new markets.
Suspension is all-new, complementing a stiffer aluminium chassis with a revised front end and a new limited slip differential from BMW.
The engine is also from BMW, in the form of a 4.8 litre V8 producing 274kW/491Nm, and Aero 8 buyers can choose either a manual or automatic transmission with paddle shifters - both six-speed.
The new Morgan Aero 8 will begin production from the fourth quarter this year in limited quantities, but the carmaker isn’t saying how many will be built.
Morgan’s SuperSports and Coupe models sitting on the previous-generation wooden chassis will be discontinued for all markets from next month, but the new Aero 8 is heading to Australia next year with pricing yet to be confirmed.
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