The British retro-exotic manufacturer has taken the time to reflect on its past for this year’s 88th edition of the Geneva International Auto Show, presenting in front of the worldwide audience the anniversary edition of its beloved Plus 8 model.
These will be the last – fittingly 50 examples – of the Plus 8 powered by a BMW V8 engine, all part of the 50th Anniversary Edition limited edition for the Plus 8 series, revealed in the Swiss capital next to the marque’s “most extreme road-going model to date,” the Aero GT. Half a century after its introduction and just 6000 sold units, the Plus 8 is preparing a new era, where a new engine will be used instead of the BMW 4.8-liter naturally-aspirated V8. Wrapped in a blue finish honoring the British coachbuilder’s first Plus 8 production model, the MMC11, the Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition tips the scales at just 1,100 kilograms (2,425 pounds) and “is one of the lightest V8 passenger cars in the world.” It will be capable of sprinting to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 4.5 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 155 mph (250 kph).
The new Aero GT is another end of the line model for the BMW N62 naturally aspirated V8 engine that will be retired from Morgans, with the new special series being an exclusive hardcore build of just eight examples. All will see the V8 linked to a six-speed manual gearbox delivering all 367 horsepower and 370 pound-feet (502 Newton-meters) of torque to the rear axle in order to assist the retro-hardcore machine reach 62 mph (100 kph) in four and a half seconds and then stop only after superseding 170 mph (273 kph). The Aero GT is also the swan song for the Aero 8 and each unit will be tailored to the client’s exact specifications.