Morgan is making a dramatic return to its roots, by unveiling the motorcycle-engined 3 Wheeler at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show. The car, which will cost from around £30,000, will go on sale in the UK in 2012. The new 3 Wheeler looks like the pre-war original but is thoroughly updated, with new technology, materials and engines, and is powered by a brand new S&S V Twin.
Around 30,000 examples of the original model were built between 1909 and 1953. However, while the new version retains the old school looks, Morgan has thoroughly updated the design. For a start, power is now delivered to the single rear wheel by a 115bhp V Twin built by specialists S&S, which is mated to a five-speed gearbox sourced from Mazda.
Thanks to the fact that the 3 Wheeler weighs in at around 500kg, Morgan predicts that the car will complete the 0-60mph sprint in 4.5 seconds and hit 115mph. The car features an aircraft-style cockpit, including details like a bomb-release starter button. It’ll be seriously configurable with a wide variety of interior and exterior options, including the cute RAF-style paint job as shown in the accompanying images.
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