March 2, 2005 History repeated itself today when, in a surprise move, Morgan released the new Aero 8. It was five years ago exactly that saw the surprise launch at Geneva of the then new Morgan Aero 8. Now, with over 300 examples in customer's hands comes the latest version, fully approved for the American Market.
Morgan is renowned for combining its unique blend of traditional construction with the latest available technology.
This is amply demonstrated in the Aero 8, with its aluminium coachbuilt body and ultra modern bonded aluminium chassis.
Designed to comply with the rigorous safety standards in the US, Morgan has installed the latest generation electronic airbags, ABS which incorporates electronic distribution through the use of all round wheel speed sensors, and BMWs latest 4.4 litre V8 which not only pumps out 333 Bhp and 331 lb/ft of torque, but also exceeds the tough Federal emission requirements.
14cm has been added to the width of the cockpit,cruise control, electronic power steering as well as subtle improvements to the chassis and suspension complete the package.
Executive Chairman Alan Garnett commented "what has been achieved from our small yet talented team is truly noteworthy.To meet the exacting requirements for America is significant even for major manufacturers, and all of this state of the art technology has been packaged into a car that is actually lighter than its predecessor.At just 1145 kg, the performance is astonishing.This version is now on sale worldwide"
The dedication to lightweight engineering has lead to some real performance gains.Not just a 0-100 kph time of under 4.5 seconds plus enormous flexibility, but also the ability to stop from 100 kph in just 35.8 metres, or put another way less than 9 car lengths.
Few cars posses the ability to cross continents like the Aero 8. Technical Specification
Engine V8 4398 cc Power KW (Bhp) 245 (333) @ 6100 rpm Torque Nm (lb/ft) 450 (331) @ 3600 rpm 4 variable timing camshafts chain driven 32 valves
Transmission 6 speed ZF manual gearbox Hydraulic limited slip differential DTCDrag Torque Control (deceleration anti lock)
Brakes Electronic ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) Front; 6 pot AP Racing callipers 348mm vented discs Rear; Twin pot AP Racing callipers 332mm vented discs Separate rear handbrake calliper Wheels 18" Forged Alloy 225/40 ZR18 Front 245/40 ZR 18 Rear Performance 0 - 100Km 4.5 secs Maximum speed - over 260 Kmh (160 mph) Fuel consumption Combined10.9 l/100km (25.9 mpg) Urban16.3 l/100km (17.3 mpg) Extra Urban7.9 l/100 km (35.75 mpg) Co2 : 264 g/km