- For the F-Series Morgan three-wheelers (1932–1952), see Morgan Motor Company.
|Morgan 3 Wheeler|
2012 Morgan 3 Wheeler, US-spec
|Manufacturer||Morgan Motor Company|
2012–present (3 Wheeler)|
|Assembly||Malvern Link, Worcestershire, UK|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Three-wheeler, Sports car|
|Body style||2 seat, Roadster|
|Engine||S&S 1983 cc ohv V-twin|
|Transmission||Mazda 5-speed manual with torque damper|
|Wheelbase||92 in (2,336.8 mm)|
|Length||126 in (3,200.4 mm)|
The Morgan Motor Company announced that they would launch the 3 Wheeler in 2011 at the Geneva Motor Show. The 3 Wheeler was initially said to have a Harley-Davidson Screaming Eagle V-twin engine and a Mazda 5-speed manual transmission, and was estimated to deliver 115 horsepower (86 kW) at the rear wheel. However, there was a surprise when the prototype that was shown at Geneva had an S&S engine. Production three-wheelers turned out to have S&S engines. The kerb weight was originally estimated to be less than 500 kilograms (1,102 lb), but the final weight was tested at 550 kg (1,212 lb). The acceleration from zero to 60 mph (97 km/h) was estimated by Morgan as 4.5 seconds, with an (estimated) top speed of 115 mph (185 km/h). The three-wheeler is to be homologated as a motorcycle in the United States. The company states that 850 deposits have been taken since the announcement in 2011. Customer deliveries began in Europe in February 2012. USA deliveries are not expected before June 2012, when the first imported three-wheeler was displayed in New York City and at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance. The Morgan 3 Wheeler was featured in a Series 18 episode of UK motoring show Top Gear where presenter Richard Hammond picked the Morgan 3 Wheeler in a comparison of track-day cars. The 3 Wheeler won the "Not-A-Car of the Year 2011" in Top Gear.
Morgan is currently working on an electric version of the famous Three Wheeler. A prototype called the EV3 is currently being produced, tested and developed. The electric motor will produce 101 bhp. It will also weigh around 450 kg (992 lb). It is also estimated that it will produce 150 miles of range (240 km), have a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery, a minimum of 0–62mph time of less than 9 seconds, a top speed in excess of 90 mph and will go into production Q4 2016.
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It was announced to have an 81-horsepower V-twin motorcycle engine built by S & S, the same company that builds motors for so-called Harley clone choppers, and is closely based on late-model Harley-Davidson power plants. However, the UK test the final bhp at 81 bhp.
- Berkowitz, Justin (1 March 2011). "Morgan 3-Wheeler - Auto Shows". Car and Driver. Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. Retrieved 2011-03-04.
This S&S-supplied powerplant is a bit more modern, though: It produces 81 hp, is fuel-injected, and is mated to a Mazda-sourced five-speed gearbox.
- Kane, Mark. "Fully Charged Drives Electric Morgan – Video". Inside EVs. Inside EVs. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
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