Under the hood sits a BMW engine with a manual transmission!
The Morgan Motor Company is one of the oldest automakers in existence, having been established back in 1910. Morgan is unapologetically retro but the UK manufacturer is also embracing the future with new models like the Plus Six, which is powered by the same turbocharged inline-six used in the BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra. Like the Supra and the Z4, the Plus Six is only offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission but if you want a manual, the company's new model might be more your speed.
Introducing the all-new Morgan Plus Four. Yes, it looks just as old fashioned as every other car morgan makes but it is properly new under the skin. For example, the car rides on a bonded aluminum platform and uses a turbocharged four-cylinder engine sourced from BMW mated to a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
The four-banger, known as the B48 in BMW parlance, produces the same 255 horsepower output as the Z4 sDrive30i and the recently-revealed Supra 2.0. It replaces the Morgan Plus 4, which has been the company's signature product that has been in production since 1950. Signifying that this is an all-new car, the numeric '4' has been replaced by the word 'Four' in the name.
The name isn't the only thing that's new. In fact, Morgan says 97% of its parts are different. The old steel ladder frame has been retired and in its place sits the company's new CX-Generation bonded aluminum platform, which also sees use in the Plus Six. The Plus Four shares the same wheelbase as the Plus Six but rides eight centimeters narrower.
62 mph is reached in 4.8 seconds (identical to the outgoing V6-powered model) while the top speed sits at 148 mph. Morgan has also focused on making the car more livable with increased cabin space, extra luggage room, and easier ingress and egress. The Plus Four gets never-before-seen features such as central locking, LED front and rear lights, ABS, and a Bluetooth stereo, while previously optional items like sun visors, door check straps, and a mohair hood now come as standard equipment.
Pricing starts at £62,995 ($80,809) but it doesn't appear as though safety regulations will allow it to be sold in the United States as it stands.