Wednesday, December 6, 2023

All-new Morgan Plus Four comes with BMW’s turbocharged engine

One of the world’s oldest and most unique automakers, British Morgan, has presented the all-new Plus Four that arrives as the perfect and revolutionary successor to the outgoing Plus 4. For any other manufacturer, this is commonplace, but the small manufacturer is known for its long life of models.

Since its debut in 1950, Plus 4 has represented the backbone of the brand, and now, 70 years after the first Plus 4 rolled off the production line at Morgan’s Pickersleigh Road factory in Malvern, UK, a new chapter begins.

Instead of a steel ladder chassis, the Plus Four offers a much lighter and stiffer than before, frame called CX-Generation made of aluminum for enhanced dynamic performance. But if the aesthetics have remained fairly faithful to the original, only 3% of the components of the new series are the same as the previous one: everything else has changed with particular attention in Morgan, towards new technologies.

Morgan Plus Four Interior.
Morgan Plus Four Interior.

There’s also a brand new, first-ever four-cylinder turbocharged engine to be used by Morgan: the 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo that delivers 255 hp (190 kW) and 400 Nm of torque. In the variant with automatic transmission, the Morgan Plus 4 goes from 0 to 100 (0-62 mph) in just 4.8 seconds, while the top speed is 240 km/h (149 mph).

As anticipated, the Plus 4 will be available with an eight-speed automatic transmission (with comfort, sport, sport plus, and manual modes) or six-speed manual. The interior is more refined and spacious, and the equipment includes the central locking previously unavailable and air conditioning.

Despite much better performance and more power, they have managed to reduce CO2 emission by 30% compared to the Morgan Roadster. Plus, it is smaller (and mostly narrow) with a length of 383 cm, a width of 165 cm, and a height of 125 cm. Its self-weight is just 1009 kg.

The Plus Four comes with extensive standard equipment, among which we find the automatic LED front and rear lights, remote central locking and ABS, as well as the power steering, the mohair bonnet, the parasols, or the door straps. Among the optional equipment is the audio system with Bluetooth connectivity, fog lights, and much more.

The new Plus Four is available from March 3, 2020, and the first deliveries will occur in the second quarter of 2020. The price starts at £62,995 (about $81,400) – taxes included.