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Re: New PlusFour Owner Introduction [Re: DalesPlusFour] #745792
25/06/22 07:53 AM
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Welcome to the forum DPF, Good to read that Morgans are still attracting the young folk I hope you can put up with the grumpy old men among us...An injection of youthful enthusiasm is just the ticket... smile

Very much enjoying your images too, and looking forward to viewing some of your own Morgan and reading tales of your adventures once you get your hands on it.. thumbs

Re: New PlusFour Owner Introduction [Re: DalesPlusFour] #745802
25/06/22 08:35 AM
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@Jim109b and @DalesPlusFour - so “team green” indeed! Thanks for the extra images too!

Funnily I started looking at the Emerald Green and ended up going with Alligator. Haven’t seen Porsche Oak Green in person but the Porsche pics look lovely too. We should compare them in the flesh when we have them. I live in the Cotswolds so maybe a meet at caffeine & machine at some point?!

Re rest of spec - I decided early on silver alloys (5j hence not wanting too trad a colour. Also went manual. Test drove an auto and it was lovely and I love my auto Range Rover autobiography but really wanted the full driving experience and think the BMW shifter looks a bit out of place. Interior is Deep Tan with green stitching. Black hood and driving lights plus the main mod cons inside such as Bluetooth audio, aircon and heated seats.

Very excited to get my hands on it for real. I joined TM in July 2010 and the response to DPF was my first post! so this has been a lot of time in the dreaming stage before pressing the button to go!


David

MY22 Plus Four, Alligator (AML Racing) Green ! 😍
Re: New PlusFour Owner Introduction [Re: Luddite] #745805
25/06/22 08:51 AM
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@Luddite, It does seem like a lot of current owners bought when they were young, but I've not encountered many presently young owners. Glad to be part of the new wave. Very much looking forward to sharing pics and stories of mine when it arrives.


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Re: New PlusFour Owner Introduction [Re: DWil23] #745806
25/06/22 08:59 AM
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@DWil23, all my early configurations were manual, but I enjoyed the auto so much, and in complete honesty, my wife would never enjoy the manual (it would just stress her out), but she will enjoy the auto, and I'd like her to have some good driving experiences in it as well.

Sounds like we have similar sensibilities car wise, we have one of the new Defenders as our daily driver.

Your spec sounds lovely, the tan with green stitching along with the Emerald green will be stunning.

Would be lovely to meet up at some point. Also sounds like, if @Jim109b and ours are all yet to be built they may go through the factory together. Worth staying in touch so if any of us are out there we can check in and get some pics of the others cars. I'll be doing my first factory tour on Monday the 4th of July, so check with your dealer and let me know if it's been started and I'll get some pics for you.


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Re: New PlusFour Owner Introduction [Re: DalesPlusFour] #745821
25/06/22 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by DalesPlusFour
That's very cool, @Jim109b. Team Green!

The Emerald Green is such a fantastic colour. Looks amazing on the PlusSix's I've seen pictures of. Haven't seen any of it on the PlusFour, but I'm sure it's even better there. What interior spec have you gone for?


I've gone for the Pebble Tan interior, black mohair hood, black box weave carpets, gloss walnut dashboard and centre console, walnut Mota Lita wheel, driving lights, air con, heated seats, bluetooth and a few other bits and pieces. Oh, and black wire wheels.

I've gone for the automatic as well - I drove one around for 700 miles over a weekend, all in Sport mode, using the paddle wheels, and I was sold. It's like a 'clutchless' transmission. The manual box was great too, but for me the 8 speed box had me (despite not liking the BMW shifter!!).

@DWil23 - the Cotwolds are kind of on the way to the factory (I bought mine from the factory)...


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Re: New PlusFour Owner Introduction [Re: DalesPlusFour] #745822
25/06/22 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by DalesPlusFour
I'll be doing my first factory tour on Monday the 4th of July, so check with your dealer and let me know if it's been started and I'll get some pics for you.


I'll check!!

I need to get some factory tours in too...went round once a year ago before I'd decided to order one!


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Re: New PlusFour Owner Introduction [Re: DalesPlusFour] #745855
25/06/22 07:51 PM
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Ditto. Haven’t planned anything yet but hope to do so once have more clarity on build time and any delays. Please both let me know if any useful updates. Look forward to catching up further in due course.


David

MY22 Plus Four, Alligator (AML Racing) Green ! 😍
Re: New PlusFour Owner Introduction [Re: DalesPlusFour] #746574
01/07/22 05:27 PM
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You’ve inspired me to also do an introductory post, being one of the “new wave” of soon-to-be owners as you’ve so eloquently described it. I’m currently waiting for a new Plus Four to be built and delivered, having had an original factory completion date of 8th July pushed back due to the recall (which has done nothing to diminish the increasing anticipation!).

DalesPlusFour and I have spoken on other social channels, which as been great, as I have with another owner who has been an incredible help and source of inspiration in my Morgan journey (you know who you are - and I can only say a huge thank you!). As you’ll see with my current cars, I do put value on this owner community aspect, but also the approachability of the brand and relationship with the dealerships and the even manufacturer. If anyone is considering a purchase, I can thoroughly recommend Revolutions in Scotland who have been amazing - even with me being a 5+ hour drive from them.

Spec-wise mine is intended to be a modern interpretation of a Morgan SuperSport, and might not be to all tastes or particularly adventurous in terms of maximising colour variety or traditional touches. Yet this is the joy of Morgan’s; you can have two wildly different cars, all from the same base design, that will also prove to be a canvas for future personalisation (or at least that’s the plan!). With that in mind, the Porsche Frozen Blue (as seen on the Taycan) contrasting with black alloys, black pack, black grilles, black leather, black exhaust, and black roof, should make for a striking car emphasising sporting and motorsport intent. That said I’m also going for some contrasting grey accents and creature comforts; I intend to use it for long road trips down to the Alps as well as in the UK.

I’ve chosen the manual (one of a few reasons that led me to the Four not Six). Whilst I found the ratios overly long on a day hire, I feel these best match the chassis and baking performance of the Four, and generate an extra layer of interaction, but in truthful it is predominantly to create a point of differentiation with my Alpine A110 Premiere Edition. The DCT and ratios in that are brilliant, and I don’t miss a manual at all in that car - despite what “the internet” might want you think. It comes alive and fizzes with energy when driven with more vigour, balancing playfulness, immense agility and dynamic poise in a way that a DCT transmission really suits it. That said I do fully understand why people recommend the ZF auto having had it in a previous M135i - it is a fantastic bit of kit.

Which also leads me to the GR Yaris that completes the three, and what a brilliant piece of engineering that car is too. Mechanical and purposeful, with a real feeling of solidity and quality. I consider myself hugely fortunate to have such cars, but I mention the A110 and the GR purely for the purposes of trying to illustrate why the developments Morgan are making and have made now appeal so much now. I’ve had such a soft spot for the brand and cars for a long time, but now feel the time is right to “buy in” to this more modern of Morgan’s. They don’t yet make the perfect car for my dynamic preferences (I have a wish list starting with better body control and brakes) but in every other way the CX platform is brilliant and comes with every other Morgan virtue that I love - the craftsmanship, the styling and the joy of the journey (at a more relaxed pace). So here I am, having cancelled my Emira deposit and ruling out a 718 Spyder, now counting down the days until my very own Plus Four arrives - a true pinch myself moment!

This turned into a longer post than I anticipated, but I also want to reference the recall now I’ve had time to contemplate whilst touring the Alps again. I feel hugely sorry for existing owners who are more impacted than I (including the one who has to leave their car at Morgan Flaving!). However quality comes in many forms, not least in design, engineering, production and reliability, but this doesn’t always align to the “known” brands. Case in point: the A110 is rightly lauded for its dynamic quality, it’s ability to glide over purely surfaced roads with brilliant damping, at least to a point. You’d probably assume the dampers were Bilstein, Ohlins, KW or the like, but they aren’t. They are from a relatively unknown Turkish manufacturer and very much built to a price. And there’s the thing - all aspects of the car contribute to the overall Bill of Parts that each penny makes a massive difference to the sale price. We also need to recognise that in some cases, the larger well known brands will only bid for the supplier contract if volumes are high enough to justify their own investment. For my work I’ve worked closely with Tier 1s and this is such a key factor for them in deciding who to work with. For anyone interested in a better insight into the modern automotive industry that Morgan must compete in, I would highly recommend getting a copy of “Inside the Machine” by David Twohig- chief engineer of the A110 amongst other cars.

Now I’m done, look forward to meeting more of you in due course.

Matt

Re: New PlusFour Owner Introduction [Re: DalesPlusFour] #746591
01/07/22 08:44 PM
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MattB, thanks for your eloquent introduction. Welcome to the forum. Without going into details, I can very well understand your decision for the A110 and the GR. Strictly speaking, they are the only two exceptional current interesting new cars. I've had an Elise since 2007 with Rotrex supercharger 260 Nm and 230hp, and a 2014 4/4 that has about 145hp, but more importantly, I've put 100,000km on its tachometer since then. I believe that both GR and A110 are in the tradition of my Elise...while they are completely different cars they share a common philosophy of pusistic driving fun. I don't really understand what makes a 1,400+ kg Emira interesting except that it's called Lotus and has become more comfortable. It's a good thing you decided to go for a Morgan instead.


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Re: New PlusFour Owner Introduction [Re: MattB] #746598
01/07/22 09:21 PM
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A warm welcome from Sydney, Australia Matt


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