Morgan Plus Six Has An Aluminum & Wood Platform And A Supra / Z4 Engine

This is the Morgan Plus Six and, believe it or not, it is the first all-new Morgan since the Aero 8 was introduced 19 years ago! It has the classic design of other Morgan models but don’t let that fool you, it does have some modern-day tech and will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show.

Modern BMW straight-six with 335 horses

The most important thing to know about the Morgan Plus Six is that it isn’t powered by a V8 engine like its predecessor and instead uses a 3.0-liter straight-six. Not just any straight-six. The Plus Six has BMW’s B58 turbocharged engine. Yes, that’s the same engine powering the latest-generation BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra. Power sits at 335 hp and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm).

Mated to this engine is a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission which allows the Plus Six to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.2 seconds before topping out at 166 mph (267 km/h). Alongside the use of a powerful engine and fast-shifting transmission, the Plus Six has a third ingredient that makes it achieve these figures: weight. Or, more accurately, its lack thereof as the sports car weighs just 2369 lbs (1075 kg).

There’s never been a Morgan quite like this

Power is sent through the rear wheels and, with the exception of ABS, the Morgan Plus Six features no safety systems. A manual gearbox is on the way.

Underpinning the Morgan Plus Six is a new aluminum and wooden architecture dubbed CX. Morgan says that this architecture will underpin many of its future models and that it can support hybrid powertrains, electric powertrains, select safety systems and even some autonomous driving technologies.

The Morgan Plus Six incorporates two driving modes, namely Sport and Sport Plus. However, as the car is quite traditional, these modes only adjust the response time of the throttle and transmission – no trick magnetic or hydraulic suspension systems here.

In a world of interiors fast becoming dominated by massive screens, the Morgan Plus Six’s cabin remains very traditional and includes a multitude of wooden surfaces. Somewhat hilariously, the modern automatic shifter found on current BMW models sticks out of the transmission tunnel like a sore thumb.

Morgan expects to build roughly 300 examples annually. Prices start at £77,995 ($102,668).

*We’ve updated the article with live imagery from the Geneva Motor Show (3/6/2019)

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Live photos copyright Guido ten Brink – SB Medien for Carscoops.com

  • Mr. EP9

    I love the retro appeal of it but for 100k, I’d expect something more.

    • Bo Hanan

      If they would drop the price by $40K it would be nicer I think.

    • Well this is supposed to be their top of the range model. If you want something that look similar but cheaper you can get Plus 4.

  • donald seymour

    Love it!

  • Bash

    Brilliant.

  • Kagan

    Manual and no bullshit, maybe I buy it.

    Looks like Donald duck car. They could make an effort for the back.

  • Dietrich

    Really beautiful, but toooooo expensive…

    • Plus 6 supposed to be the top of the range model, entry level would be Plus 4.

  • exeptor

    Correct me if I’m wrong but this might the first time for many years that Morgan is using a modern engine. Automatic gearbox is a bit strange for such type of car but at the end it is just OK.

    • Matt

      No the last Morgan Plus 8 used a ‘modern’ BMW V8 for many years. This is the first turbo-charged Morgan though.

      • exeptor

        Thanks for the clarification.

      • Back in the 80s they once made a Plus 8 with turbo engine. It didn’t go into production though.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Blatantly added the BMW auto shifter…as a tribute to the engine or what? looks out of place in the interior OR a center of attraction. I don’t know which…

  • Mill0048

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure I saw a three-pedal setup in pics somewhere else. Morgan keeps it classy. 🙂

    Edit: LOL, A single pic here (37) shows the manual.

    • donald seymour

      So, technically speaking this is the first vehicle with the manual setup for this engine.

      • Mill0048

        I didn’t realize that angle of your point. Assuming it’s not Morgan’s design (likely not), Toyota can theoretically use it for the Supra.

    • Kez Casey

      The manual pic you’re referring to isn’t the Plus Six, different IP/console/doors. I’m no Morgan expert, but pick anything else from the range on the Geneva stand and it’ll be one of those. Disappointment plus. Odd that is should be in the Plus Six press pack though.

      • donald seymour

        I see your point, but I believe it’s the Plus 6.

  • GPFan

    I’m so happy there’s still a place in the world for Morgan
    Except for that shifter 🤦‍♂️

  • Smith

    The worst transmission ever developed by any car company. No logic to the gear selection and absolutely the worst. Only worth looking at if it has a stick.

  • Kagan

    Why not put rpm and speedometer in front of the driver?

  • SteersUright

    Charming. But, at $100k, you can keep your wood car.

  • I love the new Morgan, it looks beautiful and now it has modern engine. I don’t see the problem with the shifter really. Also the price is 1/4 cheaper than the old Plus 8 (Of course you lose 2 more cylinders). I hope they can introduce new Aero as well.

  • Well list me a company with V8 engine that is small enough and unique to be fitted into Morgan. They could have gone with LS V8 but they didn’t and I’m glad.

    Also most people who actually own Morgan remember the 4 cylinder Plus 4 rather than the Plus 8.

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