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Morgan Plus Four CX-T

  • The Morgan Plus Four CX-T is a Morgan like you have never seen before: designed explicitly for overland adventuring
  • The inspirations behind the model are rooted in Morgan’s historic durability trialling endeavors, and the adventures undertaken by Morgan owners through the decades
  • The Plus Four CX-T is based on the CX-Generation platform: that was launched in 2019 and underpins the production-model Plus Four (and Plus Six)
  • The designation CX-T is derived from the use of CX-Generation underpinnings coupled with Morgan’s trialling provenance.
  • Morgan has partnered with Rally Raid UK – renowned Creators of Dakar race vehicles – for the project
  • The fitment of uprated suspension, underbody and occupant protection, and a raft of specialist equipment gives the CX-T a striking visual presence and genuine all-terrain capability
  • Morgan products exist to provide an antidote to sanitized motoring; and the Plus Four CX-T epitomizes this sense of purpose
  • Just eight Plus Four CX-T models will be built, priced at £170,000 ($234,000) – plus, local taxes.

Malvern: August 5, 2021

Morgan unveils the Plus Four CX-T: a car with adventure at its core; a vehicle with capability not yet witnessed on a Morgan sports car; an overlander which opens up the possibility of routes, landscapes, and destinations inaccessible by Morgan cars until now.

The Morgan Plus Four CX-T is inspired by Morgan’s well-documented history of competing in all-terrain endurance trials. As early as 1911, Morgan sports cars were competing and winning in trial and competitions – and this spirit of adventure has been key to shaping the Morgan brand ever since. The more adventurous journeys which are frequently undertaken by Morgan customers all over the world have further fuelled the desire for Morgan to imagine the Plus Four CX-T.

Following the launch of the Plus Four, in 2020, Morgan partnered with Rally Raid UK – renowned Creator of Dakar race cars – to jointly design and engineer the Plus Four CX-T. One of the aims of the project is to demonstrate the capability and durability of Morgan’s new CX-Generation platform, along with the Plus Four upon which the CX-T is based.

Just eight vehicles will be built, priced at £170,000 ($234,000) – plus, local taxes – and supplied in full overland specification; with each customer having the opportunity to work alongside Morgan’s design team to specify their own CX-T. Every Plus Four CX-T is built at Morgan’s factory in Malvern, United Kingdom, before undergoing the final preparation and setup at Rally Raid UK’s own workshop facilities. Morgan’s design and engineering team has worked alongside Rally Raid UK throughout the program to define the concept, specification, technical attributes, and aesthetic of the model.

Technical Details

The exterior of the Plus Four CX-T is designed to maximize luggage and equipment carrying capacity; and provide the occupant protection necessary for extreme environments. Simultaneously, Morgan has ensured that its visual design reflects this capability and purposefulness.

Most prominently, the rear panel of the vehicle has been replaced with an equipment rack – with unique side-body panels designed to be reminiscent of the classic four-seat Morgan.

The rack houses two ruggedized and water-proof Pelican luggage cases, a Zarges aluminum tool/storage box, two Rotopax 11-liter containers and two spare wheel/tire assemblies. Additionally, for those who venture further off the beaten track, recovery equipment is mounted on the exterior of the car – within easy reach when required. All exterior mounting systems for all storage and equipment have been painstakingly engineered to be tough; as well as easy to access when needed.

Also, the external protective exoskeleton can be adapted to carry leisure equipment – such as bikes and surf boards – to complement the lifestyle activities of the owner; while the removable side screens can be mounted onto the roof of the vehicle: allowing them to be carried unobtrusively in case of a change in weather conditions.

Rally Raid UK undertook a complete study of the standard Plus Four vehicle to determine the possibilities for the conversion. This study included durability assessments of the platform, drivetrain, and suspension systems.

The suspension has been designed to be expedition ready: tough and fit for purpose. Durability, and a drive-over obstacle clearance of nine inches, has been achieved using modified Plus Six wishbones. These widen the track and allow for the extra arc of movement required to achieve the desired suspension performance. The wheel arch apertures have also been modified: allowing the suspension to compress deep into the wheel well, providing maximum traction and stability.

EXE-TC coilover assemblies with internal bump stops are used: These have been developed by EXE-TC specifically for the vehicle. These assemblies are born from off-road competition, and are calibrated to provide the ideal balance of compliance and durability.

In addition to the main suspension hardware, the lower suspension arms contain bespoke bushes which further increase durability. The combined suspension package is optimized to undertake journeys never before attempted in a Morgan sports car, while ensuring composure and comfort during any excursion into the backcountry.

A five-piece underbody protection system – comprizing an engine guard, rear chassis guard, mid-section shield and rear undertray – helps to protect the chassis and important components from damage when driving in extreme conditions. The car is also fitted with a full bespoke exhaust system with rear side-exit which improves the departure angle and contributes to nine inches of ground clearance.

The Plus Four CX-T uses a BMW X-Drive electronic differential with bespoke software – calibrated and tested specifically for the application. Switches inside the cabin allow for a choice of three modes to be selected – depending on the driving conditions; each mode varies the degree of differential lock which is applied. Selecting “Road” mode fully opens the differential; “All-Terrain” mode applies approximately 45-per-cent lock to the rear differential – allowing some variation torque distribution between the rear wheels. “All-Terrain – Extreme” mode fully locks the rear differential: providing equal torque to both rear wheels. The two All-Terrain modes are designed to be used when tackling rough surfaces and low-traction conditions. The final drive ratio has also been shortened to account for the larger diameter tires and suit all-terrain usage.

Inside the cabin of the Plus Four CX-T, features have been added to improve occupant comfort and usability in remote environments. A RAM mount track is built into to the dashboard to allow the secure fixing of a variety of devices – such as phones or cameras. A flexible map light, pencil, and notebook holder have also been integrated: All designed to withstand operation in harsh driving environments.

Cabin stowage has also been optimized with the addition of a removable map/document holder and insulated cool bag – both located in the passenger footwell. A custom-made first aid kit is mounted to the internal roll cage behind the seats. Just like the exterior equipment, every interior feature has been designed with accessibility and convenience in mind: whether this is for use in remote conditions or the leisure pursuits of the owner.  The cabin is enclosed within a composite hard top which is unique to the Plus Four CX-T and has been intricately engineered to fit between the internal and external roll cages.

The Morgan Plus Four CX-T is the second of two special projects being produced by Morgan in 2021: The first being the Plus 8 GTR. Also, the introduction of the Plus Four CX-T coincides with the announcement of Model Year 22 updates to the Plus Four and Plus Six; and helps to inform technical and aesthetic advancements for Morgan’s current and future range of vehicles. The Plus Four CX-T is on sale immediately: All vehicles are due to be built before the end of 2021.

Jonathan Wells, Head of Design, Morgan Motor Company, said: “The Morgan design team has been conceptualizing modern-day trialling vehicles for many years. Around 18 months ago, our Investors and CEO Steve Morris were in the studio and remarked how incredible it would be to bring one of these drawings to life. The project was unrestrained and born entirely from a desire to create an exciting British adventure vehicle. The CX-T – like many recent Morgan vehicles – demonstrates the flexibility of the Morgan design. For me, it is a complete package: historical integrity, legitimate capability, and a brand-new adventure-lead aesthetic.”

Mike Jones, Rally Raid UK, said: “Applying my experience of 13 Dakar Rallies, 60 Dakar-vehicle builds, and a lifetime of overland adventuring to an unconventional sports car – such as a Morgan – has been an interesting and rewarding project. Having the opportunity to design a car for such a prestigious marque has been a responsibility which I never imagined I would have. Rally Raid UK and Morgan have engaged with industry-leading suppliers to source the highest-quality components; as well as, designing a range of bespoke parts which will remain unique to the model. The Morgan Plus Four CX-T is a genuine overland adventure vehicle and I look forward to seeing the incredible destinations which owners will find themselves in.”