Cosworth might have designed and built the most successful grand-prix engine in history, but it also knows how to charge. Pop down to any one of the official Cosworth dealers and ask for one of its tuned-up Ford Duratec YD crate engines and you'll be lucky to see change from £10,000. Which makes the £55,000 price of the similarly engined Morgan AR Plus 4 seem rather a bargain when you consider that the standard Plus 4 model starts at £38,335. And with its red line set at 8,000rpm, has any Morgan ever screamed as hard as this one?
Conceived last year, the AR+4 is surely one of the sauciest Morgans ever to roll out of company's Pickersleigh Road works in Malvern, which lies in the evening shadow of the eponymous hills that, from some angles, look like a reclining voluptuous woman. Rortier even than TOK258, Chris Lawrence's 1962 Le Mans 24-hour class-winning Plus 4, or the amazing ethanol-fuelled, Jap-engined Aero three wheelers for which the company was originally famed.
Cosworth YD engines come in a range of power outputs from 210 to 280bhp. The Morgan application in two-litre, 225bhp form has, as one Morgan engineer put it: "pretty much everything inside thrown away and replaced."