The Morgan Aero Coupe looks like nothing else on the road. It’s hugely fast and sounds incredible.
The ridiculous price looks even more ridiculous when you consider the shortage of luxury and safety equipment, and the poor build quality. It’s not even that enjoyable to drive.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Power comes from a BMW-sourced 4.8-litre V8 giving 367bhp and 360lb ft of torque, and because the car is made from aluminium, it’s also extremely light. That makes for staggering acceleration, with 0-62mph happening in just 4.5 sec. The six-speed automatic gearbox can’t always keep up, being slightly hesitant to kick down, so you’re better off swapping gears yourself with the manual mode.
Ride & Handling
The Aero feels light when changing direction, and there’s lots of grip. The suspension is a shade softer than you expect, so there’s a little body lean in bends, but it won’t put you off. The steering might, though; the initial reactions are slow, the weighting is inconsistent and there’s very little self-centring action. The ride is very firm at low speed, but gets better with pace.
The engine sounds incredible when you fire it up, and even better when you extend it. The thing is, it doesn’t quieten down much once you’re up to cruising speed, so the noise is always there. It still won’t drown out the irritating noise of the wind whistling past the ill-fitting windows, and the fat tyres kick up their share of noise, too.