We can always count on Morgan to honor the past, and it’s doing so by bringing the new 3 Wheeler to real life.
The bullet-shaped, tube frame body pays homage to a long-gone era when skinny tires ruled the road. In 2011, the 3 Wheeler will keep the thin rubber and storied spirit, but join modern times with modern times. The fuel-injected V-twin engine is supplied by specialist S&S, who also works with Harley-Davidson. In the motorcycle world, V-twins are regarded for their torque, and with 115 horsepower available, Morgan estimates the 3 Wheeler will cut from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and go 115 mph if needed. The curb weight is expected to be around 1100 pounds, and Mazda was tapped for the five-speed manual transmission.
The front, retro-style wheels are merely tasked with steering as the remaining rear wheel tackles all the power the two-cylinder can muster. The driver and passenger are expected to help counterbalance the weight of the front-mounted engine. Inside the cockpit, leather adorns the surfaces, as do airplane-inspired instrumentation and a simple steering wheel. Two rollbars help protect the occupants should the 3 Wheeler end up upside-down.
Outside, the paint, double exhausts, graphics, and painted shark nose recall fighter planes from World War II. In support of motorsport and their “race on Sunday” philosophy, Morgan is offering U.S. Air Force- and British RAF-style logos and graphics from the 1940s, along with oval racing numbers and stripes, a checkered winner’s hood, national flags, Morgan wings, and that shark nose.
There will be a total of eight exterior paint colors when the 3 Wheeler goes on sale, and Morgan asserts the car is approved for sale in Europe and the U.S. It’ll start from 25,000 GBP ($40,400) before taxes in its native United Kingdom, but the world will get to see it on display at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.
Morgan began building sport trikes over 100 years ago in 1909.