Morgan Introduces the U. S. version of the Aero 8 at the 2004 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show. The car is the latest offering from the legendary British sports car manufacturer who has been producing cars for more than 100 years.
Morgan began producing cars in 1906. The company was famous for its three-wheel sportscar the Eagle. The company's first 4 wheel car was introduced around 1915
The Aero 8 has the look of the classic Morgan sports cars dating back to the late 1930s and the more recent Plus 8. It features a long hood framed by large wheel wells that flow all the way to the rear of the car. The cockpit sits far back on the chassis and the rear deck slopes down to create a rear spoiler.
Aero 8s chassis is made of entirely of aluminum with an Ash, real wood body shell with Superform molded Aluminum panels making the car extremely strong and very light weight.
The interior features a typically British sports car interior reminiscent of 50s and 60s Jaguars, MGs or Triumphs. Soft leather surfaces in the doors and seating surfaces combined with real wood elements give the car a luxury feel.
The Aero 8 is powered by the BMW M62, 4.4 liter, V8 engine, which develops 325 horsepower and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. The power is delivered to the rear wheels through a 6-speed ZF manual transmission. Aero 8 has a top speed of 160 miles per hour and can reach 60 miles an hour in less than 5 seconds. This is the same engine featured in the BMW 7 and 6 series automobiles.
Morgan expects to sell about 300 Aero 8s a year at a cost of around $90,000 U.S.