The Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Special Edition will mark the end of an era.
British automaker Morgan is preparing to launch a special edition of the Plus 8 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the retro-inspired sports car. Dubbed the Plus 8 50th Anniversary Special Edition, the car will be revealed at the upcoming Geneva Moto Show in March alongside the race-inspired Aero GT. It will be limited to 50 units and sold through the firm’s existing Dealership network. It will also mark the end of an era, as the standard Plus 8 will no longer be produced with the acclaimed 4.8-liter BMW V8 engine.
The V8 unit has been powering the Morgan Plus 8 since the car was re-introduced in 2012. The 50th Anniversary Special Edition will be a more luxurious version of the Morgan Plus 8 with “specific design details” commemorating the anniversary. No images or further details have been released yet other than a brief teaser video confirming a March 6 reveal date at the Geneva Motor Show.
“Each design detail of the Plus 8 50th has been considered to celebrate the Plus 8 and what it has meant to Morgan and its customers over the last 50 years,” said Jon Wells, Head of Design at Morgan Motor Company. “This famous V8 was a darling of the automotive industry in the sixties and has today become an unrivalled machine offering raw exhilaration and effortless power delivery. Overlooking the long wide bonnet sat directly on the rear axle, when driving a plus 8 you are very aware of, not just its sound track, but its significance and its capability. The design of this special final edition hopes to do both justice.”
Combining its 4.0-liter V8 with a lightweight aluminium chassis, the Plus 8 has the best power-to-weight ratio of any Morgan. It's one of the lightest V8 passenger cars in the world weighing just 1,110 kg, making it capable of 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph so we can probably expect the same, if not better, performance from the 50th Anniversary Special Edition.