Morgan has announced that it is to mark the end of Aero 8 production with a limited edition inspired by its racing exploits. 

The Aero GT, teased in a series of promotion shots released to the press last week, is billed as the Morgan Motor Company’s ‘most extreme road-going model to date.’ Just eight Aero GTs will be built.

The Aero GT variant was, apparently, conceived in 2015 alongside the standard Aero 8, but not pursued at that stage. Using aerodynamic parts tested in the GT3 racing class, the Aero GT’s body is hand-worked to reduce drag and increase down force.

Morgan was keen to point out the external differences on its new car, including wing top louvres and a rear diffuser. Power comes from the same 367bhp 4.8-litre BMW V8 and six-speed manual gearbox as found in the Aero 8.

Thus equipped, the Aero GT goes from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 170mph. This particular engine has now been discontinued by BMW.

Each of the eight cars will be built to customer requirements and carry individually numbers. The Aero GT will be officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2018; all eight cars have already been sold to existing Morgan customers.