Morgan Plus 8 – Road Tests – Motoring – The Independent

11 Jul 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Morgan Plus 8 – Road Tests – Motoring – The Independent

Jamie Merrill

Transmission: manual, rear-wheel drive

output (bhp @ rpm): 367 @

Top speed (mph): 155 0-62 mph 4.5

Pulling up at its factory in Great it is clear that the Morgan Company isn’t your sports car manufacturer. The site is and men in brown coats are wheeling shells of the sort of motor car Cousin Matthew might for his run home to Downton Abbey the hospital. While inside, isn’t a robotic arm or automated shop in sight.

This is car manufacturing as it has been at for more than 100 years. Of some techniques have but the new Morgan Plus 8 I’m to test looks much the as the first model did nearly 45 ago. At first it’s not obvious what is new, but actually a rather modern (with a BMW engine) in an old-fashioned

Parked outside the workshop it like it’s come out of the pages of a 1930s spy thriller or World War tale of bravery. If you and imagine it in black and white, not hard to see Biggles zipping in one while on leave from his squadrom. This is a car that charm, plucky British – part of its body frame is made from wood for sake – and class.

The roof down, my companion up in all the glamorous (fake) fur she owns and the outside temperature dropping to zero, I make myself for a winter afternoon squirt the Welsh borders. The first you notice is how difficult it is (at first) to the Plus 8 with precision. light and visibility is good but the is fairly vague and the whole (and noise) is just so different from anything on the road today.

Let yourself warm to it though, an open stretch of road and you aware of just how wonderfully the Plus 8 is. The BMW V8 engine is staggeringly and responsive, but if you’re not careful quickly become unstuck. The is easily distracted by bumps in the and if you put your foot down at the place the back end will up the grip, fight with the and slide sideways.

This is all part of the fun and exactly why spend £80k (that’s 911 money) on a Plus 8. Squirting narrow lanes the engine and fires as you shift down and you know you’re driving a without traction control or any onboard computers, that to be driven, not just guided the road. Nothing but your and judgement keeps you on the road.

Morgan is yet another British success story at the moment exports expected to rise by a this year (thanks, as to booming Chinese demand), but the 8 isn’t perfect. Far from it. incredibly expensive for something should be seen as a new classic car than as an everyday performance And the interior, while wonderfully and coated in leather, feels a cheap and slapdash in places.

The is fidgety to the point of distraction, and will make you suffer on journeys. It’s also not to mention fuel economy or the waiting list to actually get of one.

For all this the Plus 8 is still a thing. Yes, it’s bonkers but that’s not the point. with £80k can buy a Porsche 911 or a XK, but the Plus 8 is something special needs to be driven, and driven with the top down all-year

That probably makes owners brave but certifiable, but you help but admire them for

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