Recalling the early days of automobile design, the Morgan 3 Wheeler has launched by the small British car manufacturer to bring the fun and passion back to personal transport.
The iconic design of the original Morgan Threewheeler has been updated with 21st Century technology. The powertrain, for example, is a Vee-Twin (two cyclinder) fuel-injected engine mated to a Mazda 5-speed (plus reverse) transmission.
Safety is evident in the reinforced tubular chassis and twin roll-bars for the driver and passenger. A sturdy V-belt provides traction to the reinforced rear tire, rather than a traditional motorcycle-style chain.
Some things have not changed, however. Since the Morgan Threewheeler still holds long distance speed records for one-liter cars set in the 1930s, they haven't done much to change the shape.
The pronounced bullet-shape and exposed chassis with aluminum tub are accompanied by the aeroplane profile of the sides.
From the design standpoint, the focus was to build the car as close to an aeroplane as possible, while retaining space for driver, passenger plus a bag in the rear. But above all the Morgan 3 Wheeler is designed for driving fun.
A leather-padded cockpit, complete with aircraft instrumentation, adds to the sense of flying on the road.
Morgan's chassis experts worked on the driving experience of the new Morgan 3 Wheeler with the same passion given to the development of any new Morgan. The weight of the engine is counterbalanced by the mass of the passengers, and the car has a low centre of gravity to ensure it remains glued to the road.
During its first year of production, the new Morgan 3 Wheeler will be available with a 115hp V-twin from specialist engine builder S&S. Therefore, the car is approved by US and European road transport authorities for safety and emissions.
The current focus of the Morgan Motor Company to cut CO2 emissions and lower 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 price is quoted as £25000 before tax (about $40700). However, bespoke leather and paint are available at extra cost. A Polished engine, stainless steel tailpipes, cowl, polished cowl, headlamps and roll hoops are also cost options for a more classic look.
High quality decals will also be available to give the owner the opportunity to further personalize the new Morgan 3 Wheeler. These include special designs including US and British military-inspired logos, oval racing numbers and stripes, a shark nose, checkered hood, national flags and the traditional Morgan wings.