It may offer the unmistakable prewar looks, classic charm and old school driving fun for which Morgan cars are renowned, but the celebrated British marque says its just-launched Plus Six (£77,995; first editions available to order now, with first deliveries due in July) is 99 per cent new and the most “dynamically capable” car it has produced in its 110-year history.
While the Plus Six retains the supple and eco-friendly ash-wood framework for which Morgan is famous, it also features an all-new CX-Generation aluminium-bonded platform, fitted with BMW’s three-litre B58 TwinPower inline six-cylinder engine that produces an impressive 335bhp, sufficient to propel the lightweight 1,075kg car from standstill to 60mph in 4.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 166mph.
The new chassis architecture allows for more legroom and greater storage space than in the existing “classic” models, and the Plus Six even gets a greater quota of mod cons in the form of luxuries such as central locking, “puddle lights” and an optional, removable hard top based on those designed for 1960s racing Morgans. The transmission is also state-of-the-art, being an eight-speed, switchable automatic with sport, plus and manual shift modes.
The first 50 cars produced are offered in a choice of two first-edition specifications, respectively combining metallic emerald-green paintwork with a tan leather interior, or ice-blue metallic paintwork with dark-blue leather. All first edition cars also get the specially designed Plus Six wheels and other exterior details in a “frozen-grey” finish and will be supplied with a colour-matched hard top.