The Aero GT is Morgan’s most hardcore car ever

Car maker Morgan, famed for its automotive legacy and retro-looking cars, has teased the Aero GT, a hardcore track-focused take on its 17-year-old Aero 8.

A trio of images, focused on the wheels and side vents of the car, clearly hint that this is a vehicle designed with speed and performance in mind.

Large arches hold sporty-looking wheels equipped with what appears to be racing spec Continental tyres.

Louvres on the back of the front wheel arches have a distinct race car look, complimented by a vent behind the wheel that looks designed to channel air down the Aero GT’s swooping sides, helping cool the car’s brake discs and delivering traction-aiding downforce.

While the Aero GT is to be fully revealed at the 2018 Geneva motor show, what we do know so far is that only eight models of the car will be made and they’ve already been sold to existing Morgan owners.

We also know that beneath the car’s bonnet a BMW-produced normally aspirated 4.8-litre V8, found in the Aero 8, will output 367bhp. This horsepower will be corralled by a six-speed manual gearbox, and combined with the lightweight aluminium chassis, will fire the Aero GT to 62mph in 4.2 seconds.

Top speed is set for 170mph; not bad for a car that looks like it’s been teleported from the 1930s, albeit with some Fallout 4 style treatment.

Car tech fans will have to look elsewhere as even more modest Morgan cars have a distinctly old-school approach, eschewing flashy infotainment systems for a more driving orientated experience.

But the Aero GT represents the last hurrah for the now venerable Aero 8 line up, so while we doubt Morgan will embrace Mercedes level car tech just yet, there’s a change that whatever comes after the Aero 8 could be quite different to Morgan cars of the past.

Related: Aston Martin Vantage V8 revealed 

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