Morgan Aeromax SuperSports Concept breaks cover

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

A brand new variant of its spectacular, limited-run flagship, called the Aeromax SuperSports concept, was unveiled by Morgan today at the Villa d’Este Concourse d’Eleganza in Italy. Insiders from the company says that its about 95 percent match for a roadster variant of the Morgan Aeromax that is due for production next year.

The new vehicle comes with a lower ride height compared to the coupe, with an overall profile lowered by 40mm. Two removable panels compose the roof which can be stored inside its large trunk, offering a coupe-like ride when fitted and a roadster driving experience when down. The Morgan Aeromax SuperSports to a large degree appears like the 2008 Aeromax coupe under its aluminum ‘superformed’ skin.

In other words, it employs an extruded and bonded aluminum chassis with dual-wishbone suspension, and is equipped with a 367bhp 4.8 liter V8 unit from BMW that drives the wheels at the rear. Just like all other Morgan sports cars, the latest Aeromax SuperSports is fitted with English ash in its construction.

The wood is the foundation upon which the aluminum panels are mounted into the body frame. Morgan justifies the use of the ash explaining that it comes with a special combination of strength and pliability and is extremely lightweight giving the car only 1100kg overall weight.

The sprint rate for the latest Aeromax from standstill to 60mph in about 4.5 seconds and hit a maximum speed of 170mph. With structural revisions done to the platform of the car, the current latest Aeromax will satisfactorily pass the 50mph rear impact test without leaking fuel, permitting it to be sold in the US.

There will only be 200 models of the SuperSports planned to be produced and 50 units of those are intended to hit US markets. The basic price tag of the new Aeromax is in the neighborhood of £110,000, similar to the Aeromax coupe.

Press Release

Morgan Aero SuperSports

Designed and engineered in house, the Morgan Aero SuperSports is a lightweight aluminium sports car with a luxurious specification. The interior features a comfortable combination of polished hardwoods, hand stitched leather and electronic technology to create a driving environment that is efficient, ergonomic and sumptuous. In spite of all this opulence the overall weight of the car is still minimal so the car is responsive to driver inputs and economical to run. The unique way Morgan can achieve this is down to our use of aircraft style superformed aluminium outer panels and the skills of our craftsmen to hand finish the assembly of each car. This technology debuted in the 100 AeroMax coupes built by the factory in 2008 and 2009.

Such was demand for this model, that Morgan have taken the decision to produce the Morgan Aero SuperSports. A limited edition, the car makes use of two aluminium detachable roof panels. These can either turn the car effectively in to a coupe or when detached bring fresh air and the aromas of the seasons to the driving experience without undue wind disturbance to spoil the journey. The panels can be stored conveniently in the boot.

The car of course benefits from the lightweight aluminium Aero chassis which is adhesively bonded for class leading rigidity. Exceeding 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. This chassis combined with the aluminium 4.8 litre BMW V8 engine and a choice of 6 speed automatic or manual gearboxes offers an unrivalled driving experience. No other automatic car offers such dynamic power transmission.

Drawn by Matthew Humphries, and engineered for production by the experienced "Morgan Design" team, the new Morgan Aero Super Sports 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.

Charles Morgan, Grandson of the founder said "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."

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