2019 Morgan Plus Six: Familiar Looks Hide A Brand-New Driving Experience

It may look like any other Morgan you’ve seen but the 2019 Plus Six is all new, it really is; the unapologetic retro bodywork hides a brand new platform, the first turbocharged powertrain used in a Morgan and a range of rather welcome updates.

To say then that Morgan’s first new car from the ground up in 19 years is rather important for the small British manufacturer’s future is an understatement.

The new Plus Six rides on a aluminum box-section monocoque chassis that continues the complimentary use of wood. The new platform will form the base of the brand’s future models and it’s designed to be compatible with hybrid and all electric powertrains, in addition to petrol engines.

Let’s not forget, however, that this is a Morgan, so don’t expect a large assortment of active safety systems; the company didn’t even bother installing traction control, let alone a stability system, fitting its latest creation with ABS only.

The engine is again sourced from BMW, more specifically the turbocharged 3.0-liter B58 straight-six producing 335hp and 369lb-ft of torque. That’s the same engine used in the Z4 and Toyota Supra and comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission that is currently the only choice.

Given that the new Plus Six tips the scales at just 1,075 kg dry (2,369 lbs), the performance is quite strong, as 0-62mph (100km/h) comes in 4.2 seconds and top speed is 166 mph (267 km/h).

Carfection’s Henry Catchpole had a go in the new Plus Six in order to find what effect the new hardware had in Morgan’s latest creation. And find out he did…

 

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