Morgan to reveal new sports car on fresh platform in 2019

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Morgan has confirmed it will be launching an all-new sports car next year to mark the firm’s 110-year anniversary.

The new model, known internally as the ‘Wide Body’, is set to use an all-new bonded aluminium platform. Details are scarce, but the company says the new car will feature “a powertrain never before installed in a Morgan”.

This year marks the 50th – and final – year of the Malvern-based maker fitting V8 engines to its cars. The final examples of the Aero 8 and Plus 8, fitted with BMW’s N62 V8, will be kept for Morgan’s heritage fleet. Bosses previously told Autocar that a downsized, forced-induction V6 would be used for an upcoming flagship model, due in the early 2020s – and this could be the powertrain used for next year’s car.

Morgan claims the sports car is positioned above the Roadster, Plus 4 and 4/4 in performance terms, but is “not designed to be a direct replacement for the outging Plus 8 and Aero 8”. Those models will be replaced in the next few years by the new flagship.

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