Three years ago, the last Morgan Plus 8 rolled off the line at the Pickersleigh Road factory in Malvern, Worcestershire. Or so Morgan thought, until the discovery of nine unused Plus 8 platforms. The V8 Morgan would live again…
Endowed with the GTR moniker, the first of these Plus 8s has now completed build, and it’s unlike any Plus 8 ever made. With a high shoulder line, five-spoke centre-lock wheels, the GTR is reminiscent of Morgan’s 1990s Plus 8 race cars. Finished in Yas Marina Blue, this particular example pays homage to the Plus 8 race car that competed in the GT series throughout the late nineties, more commonly known as ‘Big Blue’, which served as the testbed for Morgan’s first bonded-aluminium chassis.
“We are excited to release the first images of the Plus 8 GTR, following the design sketches published earlier this year,” said Steve Morris, CEO and Chairman of Morgan Motor Company. “The Plus 8 GTR represents an opportunity for Morgan to celebrate the V8 engine once again, something we did not expect to do since finishing the Plus 8 and Aero 8 models in 2018.”
The Plus 8 GTR takes its crown as the most powerful Morgan ever produced. Thanks to its new engine tune and cannon-style twin-exit sports exhausts, throttle response has been improved while power has increased to 375bhp.
The remaining eight cars are all in production, with several finishing build before the end of the year and the remainder being completed in the first quarter of 2022. Each customer has worked closely with Morgan’s design team to commission their own bespoke example, further demonstrating the company’s personalisation capabilities.
Striking design, the finest craftsmanship, and an exhilarating sports car to drive, the Plus 8 GTR is the perfect swansong to the Morgan V8,” added Morris. “We have been delighted to work alongside customers from around the world during the design and build process, and we look forward to sharing the final examples over the coming months.”