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October 2004

You could be for thinking that The Morgan Company has been wrapped up in the and productionisation of the Aero 8 for the last few to the exclusion of all else. Not so. The traditional once the Plus 8, now the Roadster, has re-engineered too. The demise of the V8 could have a left a hole but Morgan has replaced the lump with a more unit that replicates its delivery and has almost as much

It’s the 3-litre Ford V6, a fine engine that service in the Mondeo ST220.

think that substituting a V6 for the 4.6-litre V8 would leave the new short of grunt but the V8 only out 220bhp and 260lb ft. The all-aluminium V6, with four cams and 24 manages 223bhp and 204lb ft, ought to be more than given that the partially aluminium-bodied Roadster weighs a 940kg, or about the same as a SportKa.

As Ford designed its V6 to be transversely there were technical hurdles to overcome. created its own bellhousing to fit the engine and couple it to the Jaguar S-type manual gearbox, and Ford the engine. Lift the gullwing and the engine’s transverse origins are by the intake plenum being over the right-hand bank of the but the V6’s compact length and height meant that no to the surface bodywork were

Sitting on its fat-rimmed wire attractively finished in steel the Roadster is virtually indistinguishable the last of the V8s. Clamber in and the cockpit with its glossy facia shows a few signs of – like the multi-function on the steering column – but you you’re in classic Morgan Beyond the squat screen its dinky triple wipers that long, tapering with its regiments of louvres, by the flowing wings.

Twist the key and the V6 adds a soundtrack isn’t just on a par with of the V8, it’s arguably more The V8 woofle was glorious but a tad incongruous, the languid beat of the V6, with its tappety-sounding overture, is somehow British – if you didn’t better you could mistake it for a Sixties straight-six.

Morgan Roadster

It might the V8’s outright torque but the V6 plenty of low-rev push the peak arriving at 4900rpm with 2600rpm for the eight. You can the Roadster’s light weight for and the fact that much of the torque is available much down than the peak

It’s very happy to below 5000rpm, which like a natural upshift even though it will rev to with increasing vigour, and you to cruise around on the torque that’s when the V6 sounds its The gearshift is brisk and satisfyingly in a slick, measured way, and the are well chosen. Morgan a startling zero to 60 time of which seems a tad optimistic, and a top of 134mph, which would be noisy indeed if it is achieved the hood in place.

The classic, bygone era surroundings and accompaniment are matched by the dynamics. On less than baize-smooth the Roadster is hard work, its revealing bumps I’d noticed before on familiar that I’d considered well surfaced. You learn too about the detail topography, the wood rim of the Mota-Lita wheel constantly in your hands, the rear axle takes exception to large transverse

Despite appearances, this a car in which to ply the narrow highways and of leafy Britain.

The handling is colourful. There’s plenty of from the 205- section and they resist wheelspin and effectively at roundabout speeds but the steering, initially keen, quite weighty once you winding on more than degrees of lock. On a racetrack you feel confident in exploring the of grip; on the road there’s too going on with the steering and the chassis’ reaction to bumps to to maintain much more a brisk pace.

That said, if it’s a Morgan you’ve set your on and you were wavering since V8 ended, waver no longer the V6 model is a worthy successor and a in its own right.

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