Morgan to build new Threewheeler in 2011

November 5th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The original Morgan Threewheeler provided the base of Morgan’s success for more than 40 years. It was fast and economical and highly successful for the time, both on the road and the race track. But after building 30,000 trikes between 1909 and 1953, Morgan ceased production of its automotive tripod. Now, 58 years after its demise, the British automaker is planning the return of the Threewheeler with a new model that is set to go on sale next year.

The original three-wheeler was a rapid machine for the time, but also achieved great fuel economy numbers and in 1913 a trike won the French Grand Prix while averaging over 100 miles per hour on the banked curves of Brooklands. Morgan is attempting to build on this legacy and describes the new 2011 Threewheeler as “a fusion of modern technology into a classic design, and a perfect solution for 21st century transportation.”

The new Threewheeler is powered by a Screaming Eagle 1,800cc Harley-Davidson engine, matched to a five-speed manual transmission lifted from a Mazda5. The powertrain is good for 100 horsepower at the rear wheel, which can push the 500kg trike from 0-100kph in just 4.5 seconds and on to an estimated top speed of 185 kph.

Buyers will be able to select one of eight exterior color choices, which are all complimented by black components in matte or gloss finish. The interior is clad in either black or tan leather and features aircraft-style toggle switches to operate the various accessories. The initial production run will be for the standard Morgan Threewheelers and then a customised version will be made available for customers who want a trike tailored to their specs. There’s no word on pricing yet, but don’t expect those 1909 prices.

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Bentley Brooklands

December 16th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Driving footage┬Žor should we say, ‘being driven’ footage

Driving footage┬Žor should we say, ‘being driven’ footage

Bentley working on cheaper models

November 26th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Bentley working on cheaper models

Bentley has just replaced the elderly Arnage with the new Mulsanne, which in turn should mean replacements for the Brooklands and Azure. A new Continental range is also on the way as well. But according to recent reports, the team from Crewe isn’t content simply replacing existing models they want something new. And they are looking at going downmarket with two new niche models.

Known only as the New Compact Bentley (NCB) project, the luxury automaker hopes to gain entry in the $110-130,000 USD range in two forms: a three-door shooting brake and strangely a crossover vehicle.

Platform underpinnings for both would reportedly be based loosely on the next-gen Audi A6/A7 flexible architecture and powered by an Audi-based 4.5-litre twin-turbo V8 putting out around 550 horsepower through all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Production would apparently be around 7500 units annually, but Bentley might find a challenger in this new crossover segment, as Rolls-Royce is said to be working on a Ghost-based crossover of its own.

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