These Are the Last Morgans With Naturally-Aspirated BMW V8s

The ultra-limited edition Aero GT and the Plus 8 50th Anniversary are the last Morgans to feature BMW's delightful N62 V8. They are, of course, gorgeous.

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BMW launched its N62 V8 in 2002. The 3.6-liter engine came with double overhead camshafts with variable valve lift and timing on both cams. It was also the first engine to use a continuously-variable-length intake manifold. By 2005, the N62 grew to 4.8 liters, producing 362 horsepower. BMW hasn't built one since 2010, and by now, even Morgan's supply of the powerplant has run low. But the last N62-powered British sports cars will certainly make a bang.

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In 2015, when Morgan decided to upgrade its Aero line with a stiffer aluminum chassis and an all new suspension, the company was toying with the idea of a production vehicle inspired by the 2009 Morgan Aero GT3 car. The Aero 8 road car that resulted was a toned-down version of that idea. Now, Morgan feels it's time to bring the full-flavor "gloves off" concept to life.

The Aero GT is a limited edition of eight cars, featuring vintage-inspired design elements, aero improvements, and of course, that BMW V8 with 367 horsepower and 370 lb.-ft. of torque. Plus, you can get it with a six-speed manual, and you should.

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But if you're more into speedsters, the Plus 8 50th Anniversary is the right answer. Parked next to one of the original 1968 prototypes, the current edition is noticeably wider. Yet it still weighs only 2425 lbs, meaning that the BMW V8 can take it to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, or all the way to 155 mph if you're feeling lucky.

As the last Morgans with the naturally aspirated BMW V8, the Morgan Plus 8 50th Anniversary Editions will be limited to fifty units each, only available in two colors: the blue "speedster style" with an open cockpit, or the green "traditional convertible" with a folding soft top. Standard equipment includes new five-stud wheels, "ceramic" exhausts, and a heavily-louvered hood held in place with a leather belt. Talk about a lovely automobile.

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