New Morgan Plus 8 leaks out before Geneva debut

October 21st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Word has leaked out early that Morgan will be releasing a new version of the its Plus 8 ahead of next year’s Geneva Motor Show.

The reworked Plus 8 sports car will feature wheels borrowed from the Series IV Aero 8 along with air conditioning as standard equipment. Those who love their retro-styling but don’t like manual transmissions will now be offered an automatic transmission. Otherwise, the vehicle remains fairly close to what we’ve come to expect from the iconic 8. The new model will be offered in a total of eight colors along with various wood finishes on the interior.

According to unconfirmed reports the new Morgan 8 will cost around £71,000 ($141,500 NZ). Final production figures on the Plus 8 models is unknown but it’s likely the production run will be limited.

Morgan at work on all-electric Aero Supersports concept

August 18th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Morgan Motor Company is on of the oldest and most traditional carmakers in the world but that’s not stopping it  from developing a high-performance electric sportscar prototype in partnership with a consortium of British technology specialists.

Called the Morgan +E programme, it’s preparing two engineering concept vehicles early in 2012. Both will be based on a development of the proven Aero Supersport’s aluminium chassis with the 4.8 litre BMW V8 replaced by a new derivative of Zytek’s high power-density electric powertrain driving through a conventional manual gearbox.

The collaborative research and development project is being part-funded by a £100,000 grant from the Niche Vehicle Network CR&D Programme, which is managed by CENEX.

The prototype Morgan will use a new derivative of Zytek’s proven 70kW (94bhp) 300Nm electric powertrain, which is already supplied to US vehicle manufacturers. The compact, lightweight unit will be installed in the transmission tunnel and will require three additional connections (cooling water, high voltage electrics and low voltage electrics). Continue reading “Morgan at work on all-electric Aero Supersports concept” »

Morgan Threewheeler officially returns! (+video)

February 28th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Morgan three-wheeler is officially back and it looks like a whole sack full of fun. Set for its official unveil at this week’s Geneva Motor Show, preview photos and a video clip have been released.

The new Morgan Threewheeler is fully road legal in both the States and Europe and represents a modern interpretation of the classic model that was built between 1909 and 1953.

It looks like nothing else and rides on a tubular chassis featuring an aluminum body, gloss black wheels, and a matte black dual exhaust system. If that isn’t special enough for you, optional extras  include a polished engine, stainless steel tailpipes, and additional brightwork.

Inside, the cabin is suitably spartan but there’s leather upholstery, aircraft-inspired instrumentation, and a trick ‘Bomb release’ starter button.

Power for the Morgan 3 Wheeler will come by an 86kW S&S V Twin engine. It’s mated to a Mazda five-speed manual transmission that puts power to the rear wheel via a V-belt. Morgan claims the Threewheeler is a fun drive and there is nothing to suggest otherwise. It weighs just 500kg and will accelerate from 0-100kph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 185kph.

Following it’s debut at the Geneva Auto Show the Morgan Threewheeler will be launched later this year and pricing in the UK is starting at £25,000 ($53,700 NZ).

Check out images in the gallery below and a short promotional clip. Continue reading “Morgan Threewheeler officially returns! (+video)” »

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.

Check out more images of the Morgan Threewheeler in the gallery below. Continue reading “Morgan to build new Threewheeler in 2011” »

Morgan Super Sports Three Wheeler to make retro-inspired comeback

October 6th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

As unlikely as it may seem the long-dead Morgan Super Sports Three Wheeler is set to make a retro-tastic comeback with a new version that will mark the brand’s centenary.

This retro-inspired model will be the first new Morgan Three Wheeler in almost 60 years. The unlikely comeback has been confirmed by Jill Price, the sister of the company’s managing director Charles Morgan. The modern Super Sports will be powered by a 1,100cc or 1,000cc v-twin engine, based on the original JA Prestwich unit. Power output is predicted at about 90 hp, which could get the vehicle up to a top end of around 160 km/h. A three wheeler at that speed sounds a little sketchy to us, but Morgan must know what they’re doing, right?

It gets better too, apparently Morgan is even planning racing versions of its new Three Wheeler. The new Super Sports won’t come cheap with a price is expected to be in the range of 46,000 GBP ($97,600 NZ). If you’re not convinced here is a few famous folk who drove the Three Wheeler back in the day: Brigitte Bardot, Queen Noor of Jordan, Ralph Lauren, and it was the first car Sir Stirling Moss drove.

Morgan to produce its first electric model – LIFEcar2

August 24th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

While Morgan is well known for it’s elegant retro-inspired machines it’s probably not the first marque you’d expect to build an electric car. But with everyone from Mercedes-Benz to Audi toying around with electric-powered supercars, Morgan has decided to have a crack itself. The first evidence of this new direction was seen back in 2008 when Morgan showed off its LIFEcar concept. It was a heavily-hyped hyrdogen fuel cell vehicle that featured a total of four electric motors and could drive up to 350km on a single tank. But that was just a concept and was never intended for production.

Now reports are stating that Morgan has plans for a successor to the LIFEcar named the LIFEcar 2, and the second installment is destined for production. It will unsurprisingly take a coupe form and will get its power from a diesel-electric powertrain with a range of around 1,500 kms. Despite its unique powertrain, the LIFEcar 2 will apparently be pure sports car.

Details are scarce at this stage on the Morgan LIFEcar 2, but check back as we bring you updates.

Morgan officially unveils EvaGT at Pebble Beach event

August 16th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The Morgan Motor Company is at it again with another beautifully styled and power-packing automotive work of art. The latest machine to joint the Morgan stable is the EvaGT which has just been revealed at this month’s 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

With a design that’s aggressively aerodynamic yet still draws on its classical roots and an awareness of fuel economy the EvaGT is a well thought out concept. The EvaGT represents a first for Morgan in that it will have four seats (the rear seats are only suitable for kids), and luggage space.

The EvaGT sticks with Morgan’s all-aluminum body and chassis design featuring the same lightweight bonded aluminum chassis used on the Aero SuperSports.

Like other Morgan’s the engine is borrowed from BMW in the form of the N54 twin-turbo 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder which produces 228kW and 295 pound-feet of torque. In terms of performance the car is expected to reach 100kph in just 4.5 seconds and push on to a top speed of 273kph.

Weighing in at 1,251 kg, the EvaGT is very light for a modern vehicle and this helps its stiff acceleration and fuel economy. Continue reading “Morgan officially unveils EvaGT at Pebble Beach event” »

Morgan releases teaser image of EvaGT model

June 14th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Retro-themed British motoring brand Morgan has released a teaser image of its upcoming EvaGT model before its official launch.

The EvaGT is a four-seater coupe model based on the Aero Supersports platform but will use a modified variant of the aluminum chassis – the same one used for the Morgan GT3 racer.

Away from the teaser image Morgan is keeping mum about design details but apparently the vehicle is being designed by computer software and is all about very fluid, aerodynamic styling. The body panels, designed and stamped by machine, will also be made of aluminum and be hand finished.

Under the bonnet Morgan is continuing with BMW-sourced engines and will make use of the 3.0 litre, twin-turbo straight-six unit with 225 kW and 400 Nm of torque featured in the BMW 335i. This high-tech engine will propel the EvaGT to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds given that the weight of the car is only 1,250 kg. Top speed is a law-breaking 273 km/h and fuel consumption is impressive too with a combined cycle rating of just 7 litres/100 km.

After the EVaGT debuts at Pebble Beach in California on August 15, it will have an exclusive production run of only 100 units. Morgan has begun taking orders on the car requiring a £5,000 pound deposit even though official pricing hasn’t been announced.

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