The New Morgan 3 Wheeler has arrived. I know what you're saying, but Carl, I already have a car and it has 4 wheels! Why do I need another with a lower spec? So much about driving nowadays is geared towards functionality. Conveniently placed beverage cup holders, ergonomically designed bucket seats, heated steering wheels etc. But as Tom Hanks said in the movie Big, 'What's so fun about that?'
The Morgan 3 Wheeler has been updated with 21st Century technology and is designed for one purpose alone, to make driving fun.
A leather padded cockpit complete with aircraft instrumentation adds to the sense of flying on the road. You'll feel more like Biggles than Mr Big, but that's fine. This car will draw all the right attention. I got countless waves and nods from people on the London streets today.
From the design viewpoint, the focus was set on making the car as close to an aeroplane as possible, while retaining handy extra space for driver, passenger and a holdall in the rear. Although don't expect much too much boot space.
It does that Sunday drive feel and look to it. Or should I say 'race on Sunday'. Although race responsibly folks, in go karts, or on designated disused runways.
The smooth profile makes the car look sleeker and lower. The pronounced bullet shape and the exposed chassis and aluminium tub are accompanied by the aeroplane profile of the car’s sides.
The shape is of a gentle yet powerful missile at the front leading to a beetle back tail at the rear.
Because it's rear wheel it can be a little lively on the rear axle. But that's to be expected the car is easy to control with compact dimensions offering a perfect view ahead and to the rear.
The gearbox is a lot of fun; I mean a lot fun! The powertrain is a V Twin fuel injected engine mated to a Mazda 5 speed (and reverse) gearbox. It's possibly one of the most exhilarating experiences I've had on the road. And yes I'm including that time when I did a J-Turn out of Waitrose car park.
It handles better than you'd expect for what looks like a couple of bicycle wheels up front. With an economical 1 15 horsepower the motor provides maximum power at minimum revs.
All in all it's a car that is brimming with swashbuckling spirit. I doubt it could be your only car you own. You might not want the white knuckle ride every time you pop down the shops. And I wouldn't expect too much from the car in terms of technology inside the cockpit. You very much feel like it's you, the car, the road and that it.
The result is a driver’s car with properties that do the sporting appearance full justice.
The time is right for Morgan to relaunch the 3 Wheeler. Price £25,000 before tax Bespoke extras Bespoke leather and paint are available at extra cost as on the classic Morgan.