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MORGAN AeroMax 2005-2011

Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Exotic
Production years: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

The British car manufacturer Morgan has created a coupe version for the Aero roadster and unveiled it at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show and named it AeroMax.

When the Romanian prince Eric Sturdza of Bank Baring Sturdza from Geneve asked for a bespoke car, he turned its attention toward Morgan. The British carmaker was already known for its passion for building cars that looked classic, but they were fitted with the latest available technology. Morgan built the car using the same underpinnings from the Aero 8 and named it AeroMax honoring Charles Morgan's son, Max. After the car was unveiled, it raised a huge interest, and the Romanian prince agreed to hand over the project and let Morgan build another hundred units, thus, celebrating the British car manufacturer's centenary.

The car's design was performed by a 21-year-old student named Matthew Humpries, who sent a design proposal to Charles Morgan, looking for a temporary job. Sir Morgan was so impressed that he hired the young student as chief of design, and the first project was the AeroMax. The car still has the same front fascia as the Aero 8, with the same headlights carried over from a Mini mounted on the long, curved front fenders that resembled the Art Deco era. But the cabin was completely different. It featured an arched roof line swept toward the back of the vehicle. The rear split window resembled some of the Talbot and Bugattis from the 30s, and it gave the car a distinct personality. At the back, the taillights were carried over from Lancia Thesis.

Inside, the carmaker installed the most exclusive materials available in its shop. Real leather and wood veneers covered the cabin. They were available in different colors, depending on customers' tastes.

Under the hood, Morgan installed the same N62 V8-mill carried over and adapted from BMW, and it was mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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MORGAN AeroMax 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  1 gasoline engine
  • 4.8 V8 6MT (368 HP)
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MORGAN AeroMax 4.8 V8 6MT (368 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.8 V8 6MT (368 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4799 cm3
Power
248 KW @ 6100 RPM
337 HP @ 6100 RPM
333 BHP @ 6100 RPM
Torque
332 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM
450 Nm @ 3600 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
162 mph (261 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
245/30 R 20
DIMENSIONS
Length
156.3 in (3970 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
51.2 in (1300 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.4/58.3 in (1,509/1,481 mm)
Wheelbase
96.5 in (2451 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
7.4 cuFT (210 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.39
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2205 lbs (1000 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
2866 lbs (1300 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
14.4 mpg US (16.3 L/100Km)
Highway
29.7 mpg US (7.9 L/100Km)
Combined
21.6 mpg US (10.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
264 g/km
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