BMW's 4.8 litre V8 used in the X5

Morgan will bring back BMW's out-of-production, naturally aspirated, 4.8 litre V8 petrol engine in the limited edition Plus 8 GTR.

A total of nine Plus 8 GTR's will be built from exisiting chassis', which were re-acquired from a third party following a discontinued project.

Morgan designer Jonathan Wells said: "Reviving a V8-powered Morgan at the current time may not seem like the obvious choice for a manufacturer firmly focused on new platforms and powertrains, however, when the oppertunity presented itself to recommission a number of rolling chassis and create an exciting special project such as the Plus 8 GTR, we embraced it fully."

The BMW N62 V8 was first used in the Plus 8 in 2012. It gained recognition as the first engine to use a continuous variable-length intake manifold and continuous variable valve lift. Morgan is yet to confirm the V8's power delivery in the GTR suggesting it's likely to be higher than 362bhp produced by the outgoing Plus 8.