|Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on August 18, 2010 at 7:01 AM|
Morgan has stolen the show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance after it unveiled this: the sensational-looking Eva GT – a four-seater luxury grand tourer that will go into production at the Malvern-based sports car specialist’s factory in 2012.
The Eva GT will break new ground for Morgan by offering accommodation for four and their luggage, in a vehicle built using the firm’s unique aluminium body and chassis technologies.
Underneath the Eva GT lies a development of the same lightweight bonded aluminium chassis you’ll find in the Aeromax Supersports, and wrapped around it are superformed aluminium body panels similar to those adopted by the aircraft industry.
However, inside this new Morgan is a proper two-plus-two cabin layout and a generous boot, making it a much more practical offering than any of the Aero-series cars that have preceeded it.
“It’s intended to be capable as serving as everyday family transport as well as a luxury GT,” Charles Morgan told Autocar. “The rear seats will be comfortable for children and small adults, and should serve for occasional use for taller occupants.”
Allowing for that extra practicality, the Eva GT is longer than the 4.2-metre Aeromax, measuring 4.7-metres in length, 1.8-metres in width and 1.2-metres tall.
Just as it did for the Aero 8 and Aeromax, Morgan has gone to BMW to supply the powertrain for its new car. The Eva GT runs Munich’s 302bhp, 295lb ft twin-turbo straight six and, fitted with direct injection, it’ll make the car compatible with Euro 6-emissions regulations.
Weighing just 1250kg, the Eva GT should be capable of 62mph in around 4.5sec and 170mph flat out, but just as appealing to its owners will be its potential day-to-day fuel economy return of 40mpg and modest 200g/km CO2 emissions.
Those expecting antiquated features from the Eva GT will be surprised to find out that it will come with anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, xenon headlights, satellite navigation and the very latest multi-stage ‘smart’ airbags as standard. There will be a choice of two gearboxes with the car: a six-speed ZF automatic or six-speed manual.
Morgan hasn’t yet set final prices for the Eva GT as “they’ll depend on demand”, proprietor Charles Morgan said, “but you can be confident that it’ll be cheaper than the Supersports”.