All-new Morgan Plus Six revealed at Geneva International Motor Show today (5th March) – The Morgan Plus Six is the first vehicle to be underpinned by Morgan’s new CXGeneration bonded aluminium platform, also revealed at the Geneva Motor Show – The Morgan Plus Six is the first Morgan to utilise a turbocharged engine, the BMW 2019 B58 TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine – The all-new Plus Six is lighter than its aluminium predecessor Morgans, with a dry weight of 1,075kg – Introduced as the most dynamically capable production Morgan ever, the Plus Six produces 335 bhp and 369 lb/ft of torque and is available with a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission in LHD/RHD and MPH/KPH configurations – Less than one percent of the 4,000 required parts have been carried through to the Plus Six from previous Morgans – The Plus Six produces 170g/km, a decrease in emissions from previous range topping Morgan models, making it the second cleanest model within the Morgan range – The new CX-Generation bonded aluminium platform has a 20mm increase in wheelbase over the Plus 8, giving occupants 200mm increased leg room and 31% more stowage space – An almost limitless combination of colourways and additional options are available for customers to individually tailor their Plus Six – The Plus Six is on sale from today (5th March), priced from £77,995 inc VAT – Two ‘First Edition’ specifications are available to order and will be the first vehicles to be produced, priced from £89,995 inc VAT
Geneva, March 5th 2019
In its landmark 110th year in business, the Morgan Motor Company is excited to introduce the next generation of Morgan sports car, debuted today at the Geneva International Motor Show. The all-new Morgan Plus Six is, without exception, the most dynamically capable Morgan ever produced. Further extending Morgan’s unique blend of craftsmanship and technology, the Plus Six celebrates Morgan’s timeless design, underpinning it with the newly introduced CX-Generation aluminium bonded platform and the latest BMW powertrain. An expanding in-house Research and Development team, a growing list of strategic technical partners and an extensive testing programme ensure the Plus Six is the most thoroughly developed Morgan product to date. The Plus Six represents several firsts for Morgan, most notably the first time the company has utilised a turbocharged engine. The BMW 2019 B58 TwinPower Turbo inline 6cylinder engine is a latest generation BMW powertrain and Morgan has worked alongside BMW to fine-tune the performance capabilities of the Plus Six. A closer look at the iconic Morgan silhouette gives a number of clues to just how radically different the Plus Six is to any other Morgan model before it. Subtle vents provide a hint of the raw power and performance that underpin the beautiful flowing lines of the exterior. Make no mistake, whilst familiarly Morgan, almost every part of the Plus Six has been refined or redesigned, with less than one percent of the 4,000 parts being shared across other Morgan models. A completely redesigned cabin celebrates the natural materials used within Morgan craftsmanship, as well as offering greater levels of personalisation than ever before. The new cockpit is more driver focussed and encompasses appropriately introduced technology, whilst also allowing customers more leg room and increased stowage space. The Plus Six is one of the cleanest vehicles within the Morgan range. The introduction of the new powertrain has led to a CO2 figure of 170g/km and a combined MPG figure of 38.2mpg. The achievement of a more fuel-efficient vehicle allows the Plus Six to compete in key European markets, which have previously proven prohibitive for high-performance Morgans due to tax reasons in recent years.
“It gives us immense pleasure to finally reveal the long-awaited Morgan Plus Six to the world. The Plus Six, and CX-Generation architecture that underpins it, represent a significant development programme for Morgan, spanning over four years and encompassing expertise and input from several new and existing technical partners. “The result of the programme is an all-new CX-Generation bonded aluminium platform that will underpin our highest performance models throughout the next decade, and most importantly, the Morgan Plus Six, a model that we are delighted will lead the next step in the evolution of the Morgan sports car. “We have listened to our global customer base and not only have we introduced all of the technical advancements highlighted, we have done so whilst continuing to stay true to our roots and championing the craftsmanship and iconic design that is synonymous with Morgan. “The Plus Six provides a fitting headline announcement for what is a hugely important year for the Morgan Motor Company. We stand proud as an independent, family owned, British manufacturer, and are delighted to be celebrating 110 years of hand crafted sports cars in 2019.” Steve Morris, Managing Director, Morgan Motor Company
The Plus Six represents the first model to feature Morgan’s newly designed architecture. The all-new CX-Generation bonded aluminium platform has been designed and developed in-house and is introduced with intention for use in future premium Morgan models throughout the next decade. Morgan, who developed its first bonded aluminium platform for the start of the Millennium, has been working on the latest CX-Generation architecture for over three years. The CX-Generation bonded aluminium platform is stiffer and lighter than the previous generation, that spanned an 18-year life and featured most latterly in the Plus 8 and Aero 8. Torsional rigidity has been increased by 100 percent over the previous generation chassis, and weighing in at just 98kg, the latest CX-Generation bonded aluminium platform carries no extra weight penalty. The wheelbase of the CX-Generation architecture receives just a 20mm increase whilst adding 200mm of leg space for occupants along with a 31 percent increase in stowage space. The complete CX-Generation architecture has been designed by Morgan in-house and the bonded and riveted structure which underpins it is fabricated from aluminium. The all new Morgan Plus Six is, without a doubt the most dynamically capable production Morgan ever. A contributing factor to this moniker is the corner packaging. The suspension architecture on the Plus Six features an adaptation of a MacPherson strut setup at the front, and a compact 4 bar linkage toward the rear.
Each damper, coil over and wishbone has been developed to deliver the comfort, compliance and performance targets specified for the vehicle. Further dynamic enhancements are delivered through engineered track rod ends, radial stiffened bushes and the system is stabilised by the addition of a front anti-roll bar. Geometry, handling and ride characteristics have been optimised for many surface types and driving styles. The time spent on engineering and tuning the system has led to a flexible and versatile setup that compliments the added rigidity of the CXGeneration platform, whilst demonstrating confidence during fast cornering, compliance over irregular road surfaces and stability at high speed. Continuing to celebrate the art of 21st Century coachbuilding at its finest, the wooden frame has been refined to ensure it remains relevant rather than just symbolistic. Hand crafted by the skilled artisans in Morgan’s wood shop and made of English ash, the frame is now thicker than on the Plus 8, to offer increased strength and a wider body aesthetic.
The introduction of the latest generation of BMW engines heralds a new era in performance for Morgan’s flagship models. The BMW 2019 B58 TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine produces 335 Bhp, 369 Lb/ft of torque. Also used in some of BMW’s much adored performance models, the B58 engine used in the Morgan Plus Six is a TU1 specification engine, signifying it’s one of the latest BMW powertrains. The Plus Six is the first production car to use an inline 6-cylinder engine and the first to use turbocharging. The seemingly instant acceleration from the engine propels the Morgan Plus Six from 0-62mph in just 4.2 seconds, continuing to a top speed of 165mph. The raw power of the engine is managed through a ZF 8 Speed automatic transmission, complete with Sport and Plus modes. Manual shifting through the eight gears can be achieved using the paddles or gear lever.
“The continuation of our 20-year partnership with BMW is one that we are extremely proud of. Since the millennium, the most powerful and exhilarating Morgan cars have been powered by BMW engines, we are delighted that this continues with the Plus Six. “For a small British company, it gives us great confidence to receive a technical seal of approval from an industry leading giant such as BMW. The latest turbocharged 6cylinder engine, alongside the knowledge and expertise of BMW’s engine division, has allowed us to create what we can confidently boast as the most dynamically capable production Morgan ever. The performance of the Plus Six far exceeds anything we’ve previously built, and we can’t wait to share the model with our customers.” Graham Chapman, Technology Director, Morgan Motor Company
Morgan believes its Four Wheeled vehicles exhibit one of the most recognisable silhouettes within the automotive industry. First introduced in the 1930s, the proportions, details and visual impression offered by the Morgan range have evolved and matured, whilst retaining the familiar character and quality synonymous with Morgan cars. The significant investment in the new CX-Generation bonded aluminium platform has allowed Morgan opportunity to carry forward the familiar styling language, whilst ensuring that future technologies and body shapes can be introduced throughout the life of the platform. The initial brief for the design and engineering teams was to develop an all-new platform which offered long term flexibility in considering a decade of upcoming technology, drivetrain, safety and legislative lead capabilities. In addition, the task was also to ensure that the packaging of all componentry must reside beneath the existing Morgan body envelope, whilst allowing for next generation body styles. This presented many challenging packaging exercises to overcome, as well as an opportunity to carry out focused studies into possible future design language of the brand. With the introduction of new technology residing beneath the Plus Six, further challenges presented themselves in visually communicating the technical advances achieved whilst maintaining the appeal of the familiar silhouette. Subtle bonnet vents act as cooling for the engine and provide an instantly recognisable hint of the Plus Six’s performance. Newly designed lights offer a more imposing head on view, and are automatic.
A redesign of the interior has allowed Morgan to expose and celebrate the core materials that are fundamental to the way the vehicles are coach built for the 21st century. The new interior brings with it the introduction of more technology, including a subtle LCD screen built into the new dashboard. The screen sits neatly within the driver’s field of vision, clearly displaying important vehicle information and intelligently considered to avoid distraction from the experience and purity of the driving experience. Sculpted doors provide increased side impact protection and cleverly encompass a speaker unit, discreetly embedded behind the leather door skin.
A new centre console stretches through the spine of the interior with a graphic echoing the wing line on the exterior. The dashboard itself features newly designed dials, that take graphical inspiration from 1950’s aviation instrumentation. To help our customers tailor their perfect Plus Six, a broad new range of interior options are now available Newly designed seats, key to passenger interaction, are lighter, stiffer and deliver increased positive feedback of vehicle movement. They also feature significantly reduced depth allowing for further stowage space and leg room.
Their elegant wrap around aesthetic is inspired by traditional Morgan bomber seats, and a hard shell back offers the customer the chance to introduce some of the exterior body colour into the interior should they wish. A removable lightweight composite hard top is included on the Plus Six Touring model, transforming the vehicle both visually and functionally. The hard top is available to specify in either Morgan Sport Ivory or body colour on the Plus Six Touring, and displays a clean and sophisticated aesthetic, evoking a ‘road racer’ style, popular on iconic 60s sports cars. Like every Morgan, it is important that the vehicle presents the customer with a flexible canvas, on which to impart their own personality. The Plus Six offers greater levels of customisation than ever before.
“Morgan practices 21st Century Coachbuilding; In any car, the underpinning platform is vital in aiding or abetting design challenges regarding proportion, internal ergonomics, performance and safety. “The CX-Generation project presented the opportunity to completely redefine what makes a Morgan – from the inside out. “The excitement deepens when you consider that the design of the CX-Generation platform has also catered for the next decade of Morgan flagship vehicles. Morgan’s design and engineering teams have carefully considered what the distant future looks like; both in terms of conceptual body design language but also functional capabilities. “Upon engaging with the Plus Six, uplifts in material quality, fit, finish, aesthetic detailing and engineering precision are immediately apparent. The Plus Six completely repositions our flagship product and with this, the Morgan brand.” Jonathan Wells, Head of Design, Morgan Motor Company
The testing and development programme undertaken for the introduction of the Plus Six has proven to be the most extensive of any Morgan car to date. A team of around 30 development engineers, increased from 10 in 2014, have been supported by Morgan production craftspeople, key strategic partners and suppliers. This has allowed an unprecedented level of engineering knowledge and design expertise to be focussed into many areas of the process. The platform and model have also undergone an extensive durability testing programme ahead of production. The Plus Six has been developed in accordance with ISO 26262 standards, and safety cases have been met or exceeded in all instances. As part of the development programme, a greater number of development vehicles have been undergoing stringent validation at various international testing facilities.
“The Plus Six and CX-Generation project represents a new approach from Morgan, we have grown our engineering and design departments significantly over the past three years to cope with this platform and future developments. We are very aware of the changing face of new technologies, legislative and regulatory requirements and matching that to our existing and new client base throughout the life of the model. The Plus Six is the first metric Morgan, which may sound strange, but this is the first time we’ve captured the whole vehicle architecture, chassis, BIW, suspension, electronics and interior trim. Our focus from the beginning of the project has been to produce a model that is more repeatable and reproducible, both through parts and processes. The Plus Six has been designed alongside our production departments and suppliers, with the aim of enhancing our own internal efficiencies throughout the shop floor. The engineering that underpins the entire project has been more comprehensive and in-depth than anything Morgan have undertaken before, we are confident this will lead to a higher quality vehicle that will be enjoyed by our customers all over the world.” John Beech, Chief Engineer, Morgan Motor Company
• Four Plus Six variants are available at launch, known as the Morgan Plus Six, Plus Six Touring, Plus Six First Edition – Moonstone and Plus Six First Edition – Emerald variants
• The Morgan Plus Six Touring variant includes a lightweight composite hardtop, luggage rack and driving spot lights as standard • A newly styled 19” multi spoke alloy wheel is available on Plus Six
• Remote central locking is standard on all Plus Six variants
• A newly introduced Pebble Grain leather is installed in to the interior as standard on the Plus Six with a Premium Soft Grain leather interior available as an option
• Premium saddle leather details enhance the interior door handles and seat belt guides
• The seat backs can be specified as either leather wrapped or painted in gloss black or to match the body colour
• An optional puddle lighting system is now available for the fist time on any Morgan
• Automatic headlights have been introduced, as standard, for the first time ever on a Morgan
Engine BMW 2019 B58 TwinPower Turbo inline 6cylinder engine Gearbox 8-speed Automatic with Sport, Plus and Manual shift modes Max Power 250kw (335 bhp) @ 6,500rpm Max torque 500Nm (369 lb/ft) Performance 0-62mph 4.2 seconds Top Speed 166mph (267 kph) Power to weight 315bhp/tonne Combined mpg 38.2mpg (7.4L/100km) Co2 170g/km Length 3890mm Width 1756mm Height 1220mm Dry Weight 1,075kg Homologation European small series whole vehicle. Euro 6. Fuel tank size 46 litres Chassis ALL-NEW CX-Generation aluminium bonded platform.