Morgan Aero 8
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Morgan Aero 8

Morgan Aero 8

It’s time to adjust your optical sense as you might mistook Aero 8 as some antiquated automobile. Introduced in 2001, this front engine 2-door completely hand-build British convertible belongs to our genre in terms of performance but brings along some wonderful memories of good old days. It’s a Morgan with lot of exciting modern features. Morgan Motor phased out the model in 2010. Aero 8 is the first Morgan car since 1948 to sport a new design. It didn't come with anti-roll bar; which is a standard feature in any modern fast moving car. Besides, it had aluminum alloy chassis on tubular frame, which is in contrast with the Morgan’s traditional wood-tub design.

Interior

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Inside the car, Aero 8 was pretty straight forward. That no way means that it was plain. Interior looked artistic and ecstatic with wood and turned aluminum work. Parking brake got buried deep inside the transmission housing, a bit odd no doubt. Steering wheel was kept chest high with narrow seating for sporty action. For safety, it sported dual airbags. Among other features, it had tire-pressure monitor, heated windscreen, and cruise control mechanism. Best part inside is the superb quality noise and vibration dampening. Visibly, cabin might look cramped. Ingress and egress got easier in upgraded Aero 8 as doors opened more outward over the running boards. Independent suspension with coil spring and Koni shock absorber gave a moderate comfortable ride.

Exterior

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It’s the exterior that makes this car a distinct one from all other super cars of its time. Remember those old antique automobile beauties with running boards on both the sides, giving them a plush and comfortable look. Aero 8 carried the same opulence. Many people criticized Aero 8 and Morgan for the squinted headlamp design; but it practically gave the car an aerodynamic edge. However, later Morgan corrected the squint and gave it a bit serious look. It did not sport any wood-tub in its chassis but managed to keep the car light with alloy body skin and body frame.

On the rear side, you might feel a bit awkward with slightly upward boot lid. It though gave the car more downward push on rear wheels and carved out sufficient space in the rear boot. As a convertible, Aero 8 sported soft roof, which was improved a bit in 2007 with better rear window visibility. Dimension-wise, Aero 8 was 4120 mm long and 1770 mm wide with curb weight of 1180 kg. Light weight gave the Aero 8 better edge over its peers in terms of power per tonnage.

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