New Morgan Aero SuperSport
10th May, 2009
To celebrate the Morgan Centenary, England's Morgan Motor
Company has just announced the sensational limited edition Morgan Aero SuperSports. This new model made
its debut at the prestigious, by invitation only, Villa d'Este concours at Lake Como in Italy recently.
Based on the Morgan Aero 8, the Aero SuperSports is a hardtop convertible version of the limited
edition AeroMax coupe, of which just 100 examples have been built.
Consequently, it utilises the advanced aluminium chassis of the Aero 8 and uses the same BMW 4.8 litre
V8 engine. It also offers customers the choice of a 6-speed manual ZF gearbox, or the 6-speed ZF automatic
transmission. Both models feature as standard an Australian designed and built limited slip final drive
As a high specification vehicle, it shares other standard specifications with the Aero 8, such as
electronic monitoring of tyre temperatures and pressures and other comfort and convenience features
expected by customers in this segment of the market.
What makes the Aero SuperSport different to its competitors is its light 1,180 kg weight and its
sensational styling, emanating from the pen of the talented young Morgan designer, Matthew Humphries.
As all Morgans are also bespoke, built exactly to customer specifications, no two cars are exactly
alike. Owners are able to express their discernment and taste by specifying a number of paint and trim
features exactly in line with their requirements.
For example, the car can be painted in any automotive colour, the leather trim can be selected from a
large range of samples from two leather suppliers and customers also need to specify aspects such as
matching or contrast trim piping and stitching. The same applies to carpets and carpet trims.
Fittingly for a Morgan, four versions of interior wood trim are also on offer, as is the choice of a
Graphite or spun Aluminium dash finish.
With its low weight and ample power from the 267 kW BMW engine, the Aero SuperSports lives up to its
name with a zero to 100 km/h sprint time of 4.2 seconds for the automatic transmission version, which is
slightly faster and more economical than the manual gearbox version. Top speed is 270 km/h.
An environmentally friendly by-product of the light weight design is class leading low fuel
consumption and low emissions values.
Despite the global economic turmoil, it is pleasing to note that production at the Morgan factory in
Worcestershire, England is running at an undiminished pace, so much so that production of the current
Series 4 version Aero 8 will cease at the end of this year, to make capacity available for the
production of the Aero SuperSports in 2010. Consequently, aspirant Aero 8 owners should confirm their
orders soon, before all the final production slots are taken.
Whilst final pricing of the Aero SuperSports cannot yet be confirmed, it is expected to be in the
region of $370,000 (RRP), making the 2009 purchase of the Aero 8 at $255,000 (RRP) a rather attractive
Morgan Cars Australia (Melbourne) is now accepting orders for the new Aero SuperSports, for delivery
in 2010 and for the Aero 8, for delivery in 2009.
With demand and production at record levels, the future of Morgan Motor Company, apparently now the
oldest and largest British owned car company, continues to look good.