• Feb 3, 2010

Morgan Aero SuperSports – Click above to view the video after the jump

Who better to introduce Jay Leno to the new Morgan Aero SuperSports than company founder Harry Morgan's grandson, Charles Morgan? He stops by the garage to show Jay this latest limited edition, built to celebrate Morgan's 100 years of existence as a cottage builder of lightweight flyers. This Aero SuperSports happens to be a prototype, but it still knocks Jay's socks off.

Powered by a sweet-sounding 380-horsepower version of BMW's 4.8-liter V8, the 2,475-pound Morgan is a bit quicker than the 1932 Morgan Three-Wheeler that resides in Jay's personal collection. It's also got quite a few more safety and luxury amenities, although the trunk is just big enough for the targa roof panels or "one sport coat and a pair of slacks," as Jay puts it. The Aero SuperSports is basically a targa-topped version of the Morgan Aeromax that debuted in 2008.

When Jay takes it out for a spin he seems impressed with the performance and build quality, and points out that at $150,000-$160,000, it ain't cheap, but for a hand-built car with this level of performance you'd pay a whole lot more if it was wearing an Italian badge. If nothing else it's a great throwback to a different era of motoring, and as the last independent British automaker, Morgan has a wonderful family business heritage with mainly second-, third- and fourth-generation employees cranking out the 800 or so units they build per annum.

We saw this car up in Monterey last August and agree with Jay that less is more when it comes to sportscars. Low weight really pays dividends for performance and economy. At 60 mph the six-speed automatic transmission is turning at just 1,700 RPM, which equates to about 30 miles per gallon. Of course, it would probably be hard to keep it at a constant 60 with an exhaust note like that snarling just below your left buttcheek. Follow the jump to see the video for yourself.




[Source: Jay Leno's Garage]



I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 28 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love this car. It would never get old. You could own it for 20 years and never get tired of it. Maybe that's why I love the 911. I love classic and unique looking cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with you, it is one of those cars that is styled in a timeless way. Plus exclusive, so chances are you wont see another one driving around. Also there doesn't seem to be any crazy sort of tech that will go wrong and that will go out of date as well. Simple, elegant, naturally aspirated, beautiful car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is Jay one of the Ambiguously Gay Duo?

      http://saladwithsteve.com/agcar.gif
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it still made out of wood?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes (see comment below)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mr.Leno - Could you get me the phone number of the hottie in the gold dress?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love the materials they used in the interior. That leather is amazing, and I especially like the little wine bar they have behind the seats.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "...and as the last independent British automaker..."

      Really?

      Ariel springs to mind (only because they're up the road), then there's Caterham and Ginetta to name a couple.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Has an elegant look to it but that damn cross-eyed Morgan front end kills it for me. I'm sure there's a enough people out there to buy up the small quantities they build in order to keep the lights on at the factory but I'm just not a fan of British cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want this!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      A beauty.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Classic and beautiful. I love every detail of it, really great.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very, very nice bit of kit. It doesn't top the Aeromax, but then...they /did/ initially conceive that as a one-off for a Prince, so the extra effort is to be expected. And 30mpg on the highway ? I can see the well-heeled using this as a very enjoyable D.C.-to-Martha's Vineyard (or Hamptons) mode of transportation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Brilliant, brilliant car and people over at Morgan. It's very nice to see this in a video review :).
    • Load More Comments