Morgan Plus 8 review (2012 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Morgan Plus 8


What – Morgan 8 (2012 onwards)

Where – England

Available – n ow

Dangerously for anyone with a soft for motorcars, Morgan’s Plus 8 expensive and flawed but time at the tends to wipe such away.

We like – V8 performance, V8 unique looks.

We don’t – hefty price tag, of safety equipment, lack of

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It was true in 1968 and true now – you can’t beat the of a V8. The difference is that new cars on eight cylinders tend to their drivers from with layer upon metal, glass and sound-insulating Morgan’s Plus 8 is one of the few new cars doesn’t, it seems as if it’s just you and great charismatic lump of

But then, this car has been since 1968.

There are no no graces and very few mod cons. Morgan offers for the £85,000 tag attached to the Plus 8 is a taste of a different age – that and the rumble of a very big V8 engine. The is whether that’s enough?


Contrary to the impression you get you stare out over the long bonnet of the Plus 8, this is not a big At 4m long and 1.7m wide, got the footprint of a large-ish supermini and it 1,100kg, which also it in the small family car ballpark. Of small family cars do not 367hp V8 engines.

With all that power and ft of torque, Morgan says the 8 can see 60mph in 4.5s and blast on to It’s fiendishly quick and a for the other performance cars occupy its elevated price There’s no traction control or control so you need to exercise of caution when feeding the on – particularly as the throttle pedal feather-light underfoot.

the rising, throbbing sound the exhausts is bouncing back at you off the

The damp roads of our test were layered with leaf mush and any over with the throttle on the exit of had the tail wagging like the of the leather flying helmet really should come as a option on this car. All the the rising, throbbing sound the exhausts is bouncing back at you off the It’s quite an experience.

Morgan Plus 8

and handling

The Plus 8’s steering is assisted and quite light the gear change has an old-school weight to it. Despite issues deploying its power on the very roads where we tested the the handling is quite predictable, benign. You’re left in no when the grip levels are out and the steering feels quick to rectify any problems.

The car is quite stiffly sprung, so low bumps can be jarring, but when you get the ride is far better than guess by looking at the apparently bodywork. In dry weather, the Plus 8 actually be a decent long car, even more so if it had a


There is no boot and the of the interior does without a lot of the you expect to find in a modern car For a vehicle costing £85,000 it feel quite basic but the quality is passable and whatever dipped in chrome is wrapped in

If you do need to take anything you on your journey, it will to be squeezed into the tiny behind the seats, dropped the passenger footwell or attached to the external luggage rack bungee cords. If it’s there on arrival, consider the a success.

It’s definitely a car works best in the sunshine

a start button at the centre of the for stoking the V8 into life, (count ‘em) windscreen and big old-school instruments mounted on the dash.

For the purpose of keeping all this dry is a canvas roof that’s that proficient at keeping on the outside. The Morgan Plus 8 is a car that works best in the

Economy and safety

The 55-litre means that even respectable combined cycle of 23mpg, you don’t get that far fill-ups. The CO2 emissions are pegged at although there is an automatic option that lowers to 256g/km while boosting to 26mpg.

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