SandS BigTwin motor...albeit, on the Geneva Motor Show example, with new castings which give the engine some distinction from legions of choppers using the same powerplant. The 1800cc air-cooled pushrod lump puts out 105hp via a Mazda 5-speed gearbox (with belt final drive!), pushing all 500kg (+driver~passenger) to a 0-60mph time of 4.5seconds. For a car, that's plenty fast, but when its perfectly possible to drag your hand along the ground while accelerating, it feels insanely fast. And frightening, which is of course part of the charm.
sliding-pillar suspension (still available on their 'Classic' 4-wheelers), in favor of something much more F1. Disc brakes of course, and at rear is a proper automotive wheel... a major safety improvement on the original Morgan 'motorcycle' wheel, which can flip the car in a blowout. A fully leather-lined cockpit with full instrumentation, plus roll bars, and a host of paint options (including a faux-Chennault 'Flying Tiger' as seen here) make the new Morgan pretty tempting to the Retro crowd.
Triking (which used a Moto Guzzi LeMans powerplant, complete with 'motorcycle' gateless shifter), the new Morgan, with double their horsepower, will surely create a legion of rabid followers. And, given the legal grey area of 3-wheel vehicles - usually classed at motorcycles - Morgan avoids the huge hassle/expense of crash testing, body impact zones, and airbags. Thus, they are already legal in England, and are coming to the US by the end of 2011. Can't wait for a test drive.
|The original! 1938 Morgan with 1000cc Matchless MX engine...|