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The New Morgan ThreeWheeler is Out!


Morgan really done it this time. Their new ThreeWheeler is just simply amazing. Powered with the semi-modern V-Twin, fuel injected, 115hp engine, with all that power transfered to the back single wheel via Mazda five-speed gearbox. Aesthetics are top notch, and in some places the new tubular chassis is left uncovered. There is a place for driver, co-driver and some luggage.

It’s a simple and adorable machine. On the other note, the price tag of £25,000 or $40,000US is on the steep side, but with details like full leather interior, custom paint and some graphics on top, this should be quite ok.

Source: Morgan via Autoblog

Press Release:

THE NEW MORGAN 3 WHEELER: POD RACER/FIGHTER PLANE/SPEEDING BULLET OR CAR?

DESIGN

When did you last regard a journey by motor car as an adventure? The Morgan 3 Wheeler is launched to bring the fun and passion back to personal transport. Lift the safety catch from the “bomb release” starter, hear the massive twin cylinders detonate and choose your favourite destination.

The iconic design of the Morgan Threewheeler has been updated with 21st Century technology. The powertrain is a V Twin fuel injected engine mated to a Mazda 5 speed (and reverse) gearbox. This provides smooth “get in and drive” convenience with the thrill of extreme performance. The car is a fusion of old and new.

Safety is paramount with a reinforced tubular chassis and twin rollbars for driver and passenger. A sturdy V belt provides traction to the reinforced rear tyre.

Some things have not changed. The Morgan Threewheeler still holds long distance speed records for one litre cars set in the 1930′s so why change the shape? The pronounced bullet shape and the exposed chassis and aluminium tub are accompanied by the aeroplane profile of the car’s sides. The shape is of a gentle yet powerful missile at the front leading to a beetle back tail at the rear.

From the design viewpoint, the focus was set on making the car as close to an aeroplane as possible, while retaining handy extra space for driver, passenger and a holdall in the rear. But above all the Morgan 3 Wheeler is designed for one purpose alone, to make driving fun. A leather padded cockpit complete with aircraft instrumentation adds to the sense of flying on the road. The car is easy to control with compact dimensions offering a perfect view ahead and to the rear. The car seems to respond as much to thought as physical input.

Dynamism is further enhanced by what the Morgan design team calls a sporty “race on Sunday” design philosophy. The car’s lines do not end abruptly but instead flow organically and echo the smooth shapes of a racetrack. The smooth profile makes the car look sleeker and lower. The sculpted bonnet and boot enhance the aerodynamic feel and the short overhangs front and rear emphasize the sports car sense of purpose.

CHASSIS AND DRIVING DYNAMICS

Morgan chassis experts have worked on the driving experience of the new Morgan 3 Wheeler with the same passion given to the development of any new Morgan. The result is a driver’s car with properties that do the sporting appearance full justice. The weight of the engine is counterbalanced by the mass of the passengers and the car has a planted feel with a very low centre of gravity to ensure it remains glued to the road.

During the development process, the chassis team worked on the new 3 Wheeler in parallel with the forthcoming Morgan EvaGT. The result is a solution that features changes and refinements to virtually every single detail that affects a car’s cornering capabilities.

ENGINES

During its first year of production, the new Morgan 3 Wheeler will be available with a V twin from specialist engine builder S & S. The car is approved by US and European road transport authorities for safety and emissions. With an economical 1 15 horsepower the motor provides maximum power at minimum revs. Big torque spells effortless hillclimbing ability. The current focus of the Morgan Motor Company to cut CO2 emissions and low fuel consumption is very much part of the rationale behind the launch of this car. The time is right for Morgan to take a new look at the combination of acceleration, on road performance and economy. The time is right for Morgan to relaunch the 3 Wheeler.

Price £25,000 before tax

Bespoke extras

Bespoke leather and paint are available at extra cost as on the classic Morgan. A Polished engine, stainless steel tailpipes, cowl, polished cowl,headlamps and roll hoops are also extra cost options for a more classic look.

Exciting graphic packs to compliment the Sport “race on Sunday” philosophy

High quality decals are available to give the owner the opportunity to boost the sporty attitude of the new Morgan 3 Wheeler. These include special designs including US military and British Air Force inspired logos, oval racing numbers and stripes, a fearsome shark nose, chequered winner’s bonnet, official national flags and the Morgan wings.

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5 comments

  1. Are we not supposed to be in the midst of one of the worst recessions yet? Are these times not supposed to serve as definitive leaps in optimisation..?

    Apart from only the remotest chance of getting lucky at the pensioner’s Bowls club – what are you going to tell your friends when they ask you – what the #$%^& went through your mind when you bought this? We will rather not entertain the prospects of the severest of solitary confinement when your wife finds out what you paid for it…

    I am convinced we are going back to the caves. Are we not supposed to, by now, have defied gravity and beaming ourselves around the planets with pocket-sized teleporters?

    Instead we are presented with an appliance, with the cornering abilities of a shopping trolley with arthritis (in spite of the claims, a three-legged table will never match the four-legged version – ask any early Mini owner); something that leaves you mortified with the prospects of a head-on collision; not to mention the unfortunate soul being hit by an engine travelling at some stupefying speed and no meaningful prospect of swerving out of the way to avoid you (viz the inertia of all that weight between the front wheels).

    At least you can bolster your insurance claim with words like “adventure” and “passion” or even “bomb release”…

  2. Although I appreciate where Spyker is coming from I cant help but be intruiged by this vehicle, but then again, I like the older style of cars and confess to the belief that there hasnt been anything that interesting built since the 70′s! (And all the really cool styling was well before then). Reports of the handling have been very positive and I am at a loss to offer any suggestions where you could experienece a driving sensation quite like this. I would suggest there would be more people asking of they could ride in it than asking what you were thinking when you bought it.

    Also, if you were realy so worried about the dangers of driving this type of vehicle why would you be reading a bikers blog? Aren’t they supposed to all be death machines? We have lived with these comments for so long it seams strange that a biker would use those comments towards a car manufacturer.

    to each his own though…

  3. GeeMan – enjoyed your post; we agree to disagree, but such is our ‘community’.

    Eg have your ever been party to a discussion between the ‘sport-bike’ apologists and the ‘Harley’ types..? (I own both btw). This is what makes us bikers, we are extreme in every aspect – even our opinions.

    We do however share one trait that solidified us as solid as steel, viz the words “Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window…” :-)

  4. Love the comments guys! I’m glad that you are respecting one another….cheers!

  5. Cheers, Spyker. Maybe we dont dissagree that much at all?

    I always thought that our different tastes and styles were secondary to our love of all things with two wheels (or three in this case). So whilst I can appreciate different types of motorcycles I may not be inspired enough to own them.

    All the best!

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