New Morgan Three-wheeler revealed
Feb 25, 2011
"Lift the safety catch from the 'bomb release' starter, hear the massive twin cylinders detonate and choose your favourite destination."
Well, that's how the press release describes the starting procedure for the new Morgan Three-wheeler, and it's got us hooked. Along with these pics of the new machine, hot off the newswires today.
Describes as a "fusion of old and new", the new Morgan car/trike gets a V Twin fuel injected engine mated to a Mazda 5-speed gearbox providing, the company says, "get in and drive convenience, with the thrill of extreme performance".
The iconic little machine is "built around a reinforced tubular chassis with twin roll bars for driver and passenger," they say. "A sturdy V belt provides traction to the reinforced rear tyre, while from the design viewpoint, the focus was set on making the car as close to an aeroplane as possible." It's all about making driving fun again, apparently, and the leather padded cockpit complete with aircraft-style instrumentation adds to the sense of flying on the road.
During its first year of production, Morgan says the Three-wheeler will be available with a V twin from specialist engine builder S & S making 115 horsepower. It will set you back £25,000, and bespoke leather and paint are available at extra cost, as are a polished engine, stainless steel tailpipes, cowl, polished cowl, headlamps and roll hoops.
The options list includes striking vinyl graphic 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, which doubtless will all appeal to lots of PHers, if not all of the Morgan traditionalists. (We sense tweed caps being dusted off and moustaches prickling angrily across the Malvern hills!)
The new Morgan will be unveiled at the Geneva show next week, where we expect it will draw quite a crowd.