The dimensions of the steel chassis expanded slightly over time, first with the launch of the slightly bigger Plus 4 in 1950, and then the Rover V8-powered Plus 8 in 1968. Did somebody say Land Rover? Morgan claims a 5.2-second 0–100km/h time with the standard manual ’box, or 4.8 seconds with the optional eight-speed auto. Even so, a four-cylinder Mog that tops 250 horsepower, and that gets so close to the 5.0sec marker on the 0-62mph sprint, has been hitherto unknown. Haymarket Media Group, publishers of Autocar takes your privacy seriously. Build knowledge, gain experience and sharpen your skills with the ultimate adventure-travel resource. If they had gone to the Americans (GM and Chrysler have nice V6s that are mated to manual gearboxes) they could have had a nice turbo free 6 pot, and manual box for a better sound, and just as much fun. It's a BARGAIN. But the fundamentals were similar enough that the last car, a 70th Anniversary Plus 4, would have been immediately familiar to the blokes building the first one. And it still feels like a proper Morgan. As much Morgan as you'll ever need, seeing that 250hp is way more than the Rover V8 powered Plus 8s ever had. My invitation to visit the factory to experience the fresh model had a compelling add-on – the chance to drive it back-to-back with the last-ever steel chassis car, a 70th Anniversary Plus 4. The Plus Four’s performance level has certainly been transformed, and its drivability and refinement greatly improved. It was also the year English sports carmaker Morgan produced its first-ever four-wheeled car, the 4/4. The manual ’box doesn’t have a particularly incisive change action; the Mazda ’box of the old car was a bit cleaner. I suspect that the car’s suspension lacks the travel to deal with bigger inputs, and too often hits its bumpstops, stressing the chassis each time and disturbing the primary ride. Remember 1936? But the obvious sense of pride is the same, so is the use of saws and big hammers in construction. It’s striking - a touch concerning, even - to note just how modern a car-making outfit the Morgan Motor Company has become. Those residual values will doubtless also be the excuse used to seek to justify a near-doubling of the Plus Four’s pricetag over the course of just six years. The Plus 4 delivers plenty of experience, but with little useful feedback within the sensory overload of battering airflow and the proximity of rushing tarmac beneath the low-cut doors. Search & read all of our Morgan Plus 4 reviews by top motoring journalists. Our auto was also a little overly keen to creep when stationary - so you find, having first stopped the car, you then have to squeeze the brake pedal harder in order to hold it at a standstill. Bright new Morgan: out with the old, in with the old-looking. Morgan was just restarting production after a COVID-enforced shutdown, which had disrupted the transition between the company’s two eras, to the extent the first of the new Plus Fours had actually overtaken the final Plus 4 as they worked their way through the factory. Our database has the answer, Everything you need to know to keep you and your family as safe as possible, Helpful advice before you finance your next car, Tips for getting the right insurance and how to make a claim, Everything you need to know when sizing up your new car. I know; who’d have thought it? I like to think some Morgan owners might wonder, when offered a 'PCP' deal, why on earth they’ll be needing discounted antiseptic with their brand-new ‘classic’ roadster. Get all the best car news, reviews and opinion direct to your inbox. The Boxster must cost something like that. Grip levels on the eco-grade Yokohama tyres that have been chosen to match the chassis’s modest ability to transmit loads are low.

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