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Cars New Morgan Plus Four arrives with BMW power, new chassis

04:00  03 march  2020
04:00  03 march  2020 Source:   autocar.co.uk

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  Morgan ditches traditional ladder chassis for next-gen frame British manufacturer will now build cars on a light CX-generation chassis, after using time-honoured ladder ones for 83 yearsIn recognition of modern customers’ need for greater road ability, even in traditional sports cars, the company plans to replace the outgoing models – the 4/4, Plus 4 and Roadster – with “a range of models” that will utilise versions of the light and rigid CX-generation chassis it introduced with the Plus Six early this year.

The new Plus Four ’s pricing represents a considerable hike over the entry level for the outgoing steel- chassis models (which have been rushed by traditionalists; only about 20 cars are left) but Morgan points out that the new car is 65% more powerful than the outgoing Plus 4 , and much more

The Plus Four is Morgan 's second new sports car built on a new aluminum architecture. Air vents have also arrived , an omission in the Plus 4 that could be The Plus Four is designed for life with the roof down whenever possible. The top isn’t power operated, and it requires both a powerful heave to

Morgan has launched a completely revised Plus Four, the second of its new generation of BMW-powered models to use the all-new CX bonded aluminium platform pioneered last year in its traditional-looking but all-new the Plus Six.

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Morgan has been teasing us with a replacement for its flagship Plus 8 convertible for the past few weeks leading up to Geneva, and now, we The design is instantly recognizable as a Morgan (who else is making cars with sloping fenders like this these days?). The new wheels and daytime running

Morgan has stuck with BMW parts for its latest car, the Plus Six. You just had the feeling of the front and rear, really talking to each other very much This new aluminum chassis car, however, is a completely different Even the new electrically power system steering felt pretty well judged to me.

The car, launched today at the Geneva Motor Show, replaces the old, steel chassis 4/4, Plus 4 and Roadster models and is expected to account for around half of Morgan’s annual volume of around 900 cars a year, when customer deliveries begin in late spring. Prices start at £62,995 for the entry-level six-speed manual model, the first time a manual gearbox has been offered in the new chassis. The eight-speed auto version costs £64,500.

Though very similar-looking to the outgoing Plus 4, the new car (which adopts “Four” for its name instead of “4”) is entirely different from its predecessors under the skin; Morgan says only 3% of parts are carried over. The Four’s version of the boned aluminium CX platform is almost identical to that of the Plus Six, apart from necessities such as different engine mountings, but like its predecessors the four-cylinder car itself is a little narrower than Morgan’s most powerful model — in this case by 84mm — by use of shorter front and rear double wishbones, modified wings and slightly smaller wheels and tyres.

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That makes Morgan 's new Plus Six model the first straight-six Morgan , as well as the first The new chassis uses extruded aluminum spars, riveted and bonded together like the first Lotus Elise. The suspension is a new front double wishbone suspension system with a four -link independent rear, and

The new Plus Six has a BMW turbo inline-six and has been completely reimagined to be stiffer and lighter than Morgan 's previous aluminum cars Yet while it's the Supra-engined flagship car, Morgan boasts that the Plus Six has the second cleanest car emissions-wise out of anything in their lineup.

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The car still incorporates the usual Morgan high degree of hand manufacture: it has many hand-beaten aluminium panels (though not the wings, which are Superformed) and these are supported by a hand-crafted ash body frame, plus a hand-trimmed leather interior. One notable achievement is the way the the new double wishbone suspension is adapted to low-offset 15-inch wire wheels, a difficult engineering challenge properly regarded by Morgan engineers as a must for the new Plus Four. Silver-painted wires are standard equipment, but elegant alloys are also available.

The new Morgan’s four-cylinder engine, a BMW TwinPower 2.0-litre turbo four (which has a modular relationship to the Plus Six’s in-line 3.0-litre six) produces an impressive 255bhp at 4400rpm, plus 295lb ft of torque between 1000rpm and 4300rpm. The Plus Four weighs a modest 1009kg at the kerb (around 66kg less than its six-cylinder relative) so performance is in the same impressive class as the outgoing V6 Roadster: The auto can run a 0-60mph sprint in just 4.8 seconds (0.4 faster than the manual) with both versions turning a a top speed of 149mph.

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Build the Morgan Plus Six of your dreams with our brand new configurator. Featuring photorealistic detail and more than a trillion possible specification combinations, create your perfect As production of Morgan ’s steel chassis draws to a close, a special Plus 4 celebrates 70 years of Morgan ’s most

Based on a new aluminium box-section monocoque chassis twice as stiff as the old Aero-series chassis that served under the Plus Eight, but also no Unlike any Morgan before it, the Plus Six has electromechanical power steering, and its new chassis has even been designed to accommodate

The new Plus Four’s pricing represents a considerable hike over the entry level for the outgoing steel-chassis models (which have been rushed by traditionalists; only about 20 cars are left) but Morgan points out that the new car is 65% more powerful than the outgoing Plus 4, and much more capable on the road, while delivering very similar fuel consumption (around 40mpg combined) and emitting 15% less CO2. Morgan bosses say the low CO2 figures (159g/km auto, 165g/km manual) will greatly assist export sales.

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Morgan also breaks with tradition in the Plus Four by providing a much higher level of standard equipment: every car gets silver 15-inch wire wheels, power steering and air conditioning, a mohair hood, round door mirrors and a front undertray. There is still a huge choice of options, however.

Despite its plethora of changes to the Plus Four: the all-new, much more rigid chassis, the all-independent double suspension and much improved steering — which bring the car an entirely new level of dynamic capability on modern roads — the company still promises “the famed Morgan driving experience.” According to managing director Steve Morris, “the Plus Four’s agility, response and balance will be instantly familiar to anyone who has driven a Morgan sports car, past or present.”

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