Morgan Plus 8 Roadster rendering

The Morgan Motor Company is the consummate automotive industry survivor. While a name like Triumph is fading, Morgan is still is in business building a relatively small number of sports cars annually. This year is a big milestone for the company. Its Pickersleigh Road factory in England has been building cars for the last 100 years. To celebrate the centenary, Morgan is launching the new Plus 8 Speedster.

The model's design follows Morgan's classic formula of a long, low hood with protruding headlights and a short rear deck. While it has classic style, a thoroughly modern powertrain hides under the bonnet. Propelling the Speedster is a 367-horsepower, 4.8-liter BMW V8 and either a six-speed speed manual or ZF six-speed automatic. Morgan claims it is enough grunt to get the car to 62 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds and to a top speed of 148 miles per hour. The company's latest aluminum chassis underpins everything, but a leather belt is in place holding down the hood like on the vintage cars.

As you can see from the renderings in the gallery, the Speedster is highly customizable. Buyers can order roll hoops, wheel louvers, several wheel designs and even a top if they are afraid of getting wet. A Morgan rep told Autoblog that the "final specification and price list will be released in two weeks." Production will begin in June, and first cars will be ready before the end of the summer. Prices will start at 69,995 pounds. Scroll down to read the full details about a vehicle that has been a century in the making.
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The Limited Edition Morgan Plus 8 Speedster

The new Morgan Plus 8 Speedster embodies all of Morgan's core values and has been commissioned as part of a special line of vehicles to celebrate 100 years of vehicle manufacture at Pickersleigh Road.

The Speedster, the latest evolution of the Plus 8, offers an even more invigorating driving experience inspired by a bygone era of stripped back, road going race cars.

A 367 bhp 4.8 litre BMW V8 engine and a 6 speed manual or ZF 6 speed automatic gearbox propels the car from 0-62 in 4.2 seconds with a limited top speed of 148 mph. The latest in aluminium chassis developments ensure that its performance and road-holding will match its looks. The Speedster boasts a power to weight ratio to rival any vehicle in its class.

Following the Morgan tradition, each Speedster comes with a comprehensive list of options to enable every car to be personalised by its owner. Furthermore, every Plus 8 Speedster will sport a series of eccentric styling features only made available on the 100 years celebratory models built during 2014.

The Speedster enters production this coming June, and the first cars will be available for delivery in the summer. This special edition car will be priced from £69,995 including VAT + OTR costs.

Production numbers for this truly unique Plus 8 are limited.