Malvern-based builder, Morgan, recently outed their all-new Plus Four model which takes the place of the Plus 4, and therein lies the difference. The new car is differentiated by the word ‘Four’, replacing the numeral ‘4’ in the model name. The Morgan Plus Four goes on sale in the United Kingdom, priced from £62,995 (AU$127,510). The all-new car was intended to be launched at the now axed Geneva International Motor Show.
Since its debut in 1950, the Plus 4 model has been the backbone of the brand, and now, seven decades after the first example rolled off the production line, a new chapter begins for the boutique manufacturer. In place of the old steel ladder chassis used in the old car, a frame called the CX-Generation – which is also used on the Plus Six model – will be the platform on which the new car will be built on.
The frame, which only weighs 97kg, is said to transform the car’s ride and handling characteristics. We mentioned that while it shared the platform with its bigger sibling, but Morgan says there are key differences between them. The Plus Four is narrower all round than the Plus Six and features unique wing profiles.
The other key difference is the powerplant under the bonnet. Morgan’s long standing relationship with BMW has led to the Plus Four’s B48 mill. Yes, there’s a 2.0-litre four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine sending power to the rear wheels under the bonnet. For the first time, the Plus Four is available in both automatic and manual transmissions. The former gets 400Nm of torque while the latter only receives 350Nm. Both variants produce 190kW and have a top speed of 240 km/h.
The eight-speed automatic completes the century sprint in 4.8 seconds while the six-speed manual does it in 5.2 seconds. This is thanks in part to its weight. The automatic weighs just 1,009kg while the manual tips the scale at 1,013kg.
The cabin of the Morgan Plus Four keeps traditions firmly in place with its hand-made ash-frame, hand-beaten aluminium panels and hand-stitched leather. Elsewhere, the Plus Four receives automatic LED lighting, remote central locking, ABS, power steering, a mohair hood, sun visors, door check straps and 15-inch wire wheels. Optionally available equipment includes puddle lighting and a stereo system with Bluetooth connectivity.
As mentioned, the Morgan Plus Four is on sale in the United Kingdom from £62,995 inc VAT (AU$127,510). According to the marque, there are “one trillion combinations of options available, allowing the individual desires of every customer to be fulfilled.”
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