Morgan Aero 8 – PistonHeads

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Morgan Aero 8


Aero 8 secures European Whole Vehicle Type Approval

Morgan has secured European Whole Vehicle Type approval for the Aero8 – making Morgan the first independent specialist manufacturer in the UK to secure full approval for its complete range.

To achieve the high standards required, the Aero8 was subjected to 47 rigorous individual tests covering key areas including active and passive safety features, environmental issues, and driveability. Testing was conducted by the Vehicle Certification Agency, the independent organisation that advises UK and EU governments on approvals.

Commenting, Charles Morgan, Managing Director, said: This approval is extremely important for both Morgan Motor Company and its customers, who can now legally register new Aero8s anywhere in the EU. To be the first to achieve full approval is a real credit to the hard work and dedication of our development and manufacturing teams, and I would also like to extend our thanks to the VCA, which was very helpful during the approval process .

The first completely new Morgan car for 60 years, the revolutionary Aero8 features an advanced bonded aluminium chassis and a specially-developed BMW V8 engine. Top speed is in excess of 160 mph, and 0-62 mph is achieved in under five seconds.

Over 600 orders from all over Europe have been now been placed for the new Morgan.

Best known as a Lotus dealer, Williams Automobiles in Bristol are now expanding with cars from Noble and Morgan available too. Laurence Vaughn was lucky enough to check out a prototype Aero 8 at their recent open day:

The first thing you notice about the Aero 8 – aside from it’s imposing styling – is the noise coming from the exhausts. This is an exhaust note tuned in the best TVR fashion and its even better when behind the car. It may be powered by a BMW V8, but no BMW has ever sounded like this.

Sat in the hot seat, you can’t help but notice the length of the bonnet. Compared to today’s cars where you can’t even see the bonnet due to their cab-forward design, its quite a departure for those not familiar with the Morgan design. Saying that, its still hard to place the corners of the car at parking speeds, but then this isn’t a car designed to do three point turns.

Setting Off

The car I drove was a pre-production version so exceptions must be made. Despite that fact, it’s a car that has been around Europe in the course of testing and publicity and has stood up to the miles well. Setting off was a bit challenging as I got used to the somewhat binary clutch – it seemed to be on or off with little give in between. Hopefully this is one of those pre-production attributes.

Once engaged though the oodles of torque waft you away down the road with ease.

Morgan Aero 8

The power steering makes the Aero 8 an easy car to drive around town (apart from the clutch!). The brakes were adequate rather than inspiring but having said that I didn’t really get a chance to warm them up properly.


The ride is very compliant given the rubber bands that are being pressed into service as tyres. No scuttle shake or rattles were detected, a good sign that the aluminium chassis is all that its cracked up to be. It’s no Noble or Esprit, more akin to a Griffith or Chimera, fast and competent but requiring more time to learn the limits.

In a straight line the performance is plain exhilarating, particularly roof off. With good old cubic inches providing the power rather than any fancy turbos, the torque is thumped out instantly. With peak torque of 322lb ft arriving at just 3700rpm you’re hurtling towards the horizon very quickly. Unusually for a sportscar of this type, the Morgan comes with six gears, making the occasional motorway cruise all the more bearable.

With the torque arriving so low, you can also afford to accelerate out of trouble without dropping a cog first. Roof off is of course mandatory in a car like this unless the heavens have opened, but don’t expect bouffant hair to stay intact Z3 style. Even with the side windows up buffeting in the cabin at motorway speeds means every day is a bad-hair day unless you put the roof up – but what’s the point of that!?


Inside the cabin is trimmed in Connolly leather offset against a machine turned dash and a visible ash hardwood frame tying it all together nicely. BMW appears to have also donated the switchgear which although functional, the black rocker switches look out of place on the dash – this is one item that is not carried over onto the production cars thankfully.

Air conditioning should be seen as a necessity rather than a luxury as the cabin is continuously heated by the engine – pleasant in the cooler months but could easily become unbearable in summer. All the windows on the car are glass (including the rear) and they all feature ‘invisible’ heating elements to promote rapid demisting and defrosting. The miles this car has travelled have not left any telling indications of wear and tear, so all bodes well for the lucky customers who take delivery.

This car was at the Motor Show and, as mentioned already, has some features that haven’t made it to production. Production cars will feature. revised hood sealing around the side windows, changed wiper configuration, side repeaters just behind front wheel, changed rear window seal, firmer seat cushions, revised dials with blue back-lighting, revised switches on the dashboard, dashboard radiused along lower edge with smarter under-dash panels, a dippable rear view mirror, heater changed with vents, a radio slot, a rubber finisher along the top of the windscreen and a spear to be added to the front of the bonnet strip.

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