Morgan’s Electric 3-Wheeler to Go into Production in 2018
Remember the three-wheeled electric car that Morgan unveiled in 2015 as a prototype and then as a production-ready model at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show? I’m talking about the EV3, an electric version of the famous 3-Wheeler with a revised front fascia. Introduced with full production plans in mind, the EV3 never made it past the limited-edition Selfridges Edition model, but this will change in 2018 according to recent reports.
MG E-Motion Is the Company’s Most Gorgeous Concept to Date
One of England’s most iconic carmakers, MG has had a rather tumultuous history in recent decades. Owned by no fewer than six companies since the late 1980s, including BMW, the brand was revived by China-based SAIC Motor in 2006 and renamed MG Motor UK Limited. Several models followed, including a couple of SUVs, a first for the automaker. But SAIC also developed some daring concept cars, the latest of which is the E-Motion. Launched at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, the E-Motion is MG’s "vision of the future" (oh boy, if I had a penny for each time I heard this phrase) and comes in the shape of a slender, sportback-style two-door coupe. Arguably the most appealing modern MG design to date, the E-Mission combines some of the company’s recent styling cues with several new features. There’s a big "starlight matrix" grille up front, a carbon-fiber splitter, and round headlamps "bringing inspiration from the London Eye," the giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames. I dig the new face of MG, but I have to admit that I see some Mazda inspiration in there.
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Start Your Kids Early With Morgan’s Kid-Sized Three-Wheeler
Just when you thought that finding different ways to get children engaged in motor racing had run its course, here comes Morgan with a literal vehicle that’s designed specifically for kids. It’s officially called the Morgan EV3 Junior, and it is a true sight to behold.
Before anybody starts questioning the build quality of the EV3 Junior, it’s worth mentioning that this is an actual Morgan, albeit shrunk in size for kids six years or older. It’s got a legitimate carbon fiber body, a wooden dashboard, and a little windscreen. Heck, it even has a hand-stitched leather interior, which I’m pretty sure you won’t see on any Tonka or Little Tykes toy cars.
But here’s the best part about the EV3 Junior: it also has a fully electric powertrain that’s capably of speeds of up to 10 miles per hour. Remember the electric McLaren P1 that McLaren unveiled last year? Its top speed was limited to three mph. Yep, this is the only time in automotive history that you’ll ever hear the words “a Morgan is three times faster than a McLaren” without actually lying about it.
Apart from the impressive build quality and performance credentials of the EV3 Junior, the little Morgan also comes in a choice of three standard colors: Sport Green, Sport Ivory, and Sport Red. If you’re not digging any of the three colors, you can opt to pay a little extra and dress up the car in any color that the British automaker has in its lineup. Even better, Morgan’s also offering sticker packs in case you want to class up the personalization of the car.
All told, the Morgan EV3 Junior is as good as it gets as far as legitimate junior cars are concerned. It’s got a pretty steep cost of $8,432, but for what you’re getting with that amount, I’d say it’s worth some serious consideration.
Those interested in the Morgan EV3 Junior can avail it through a number of means, including through MOrgan’s online shop, any Morgan dealership, or directly from the company’s factory in the UK.
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Morgan Resumes Four-Wheeled Vehicle Sales In The U.S.
British automaker Morgan has announced that its four-wheel models will return to the United States after 10 years of absence through the company’s official U.S. arm, Isis Imports. Previously allowed to sell the 3-Wheeler model only, Isis will, from now on, be able to import the more traditional four-wheeled models thanks to a new law.
The British carmaker has yet to say which models will cross the pond to North America, but it’s likely that customers will have access to some of the vehicles from the Classic lineup, which includes the 4/4, Plus 4, Roadster, and Plus 8.
“While details remain to be finalized, the latest word from the Morgan Motor Company is that they anticipate opening the order books for NEW Morgan cars for the USA, possibly as soon as this summer,” Isis Imports said in a statement. “It is possible that production may begin on USA spec cars before the end of the year."
Isis Imports is already accepting deposits for four-wheeled Morgans, which are refundable "up until eight weeks prior to the build of your car after your specifications are finalized."
Pricing information is not available, but expect U.S.-spec Morgans to be a tad more expensive than their British-market counterparts. The most likely vehicle to head this way is the Roadster, which uses a 3.7-liter V-6 rated at 280 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Tipping the scales at only 2,094 pounds, the Roadster hits 62 mph from a standing start in only 5.5 seconds and tops out at 140 mph.
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2016 Morgan EV3
Morgan Motor Company is a unique figure in today’s automotive industry. Still a family-owned manufacturer after more than a decade in the business, Morgan continues to build vehicles based on 1920s and 1930s designs, most of them on hand-made wood frames. Some would call their vehicles dated and too old-fashioned, but Morgan has developed a cult following in Europe and sales are strong, despite the expensive price tags. Come 2016, and Morgan takes a new step into the future with the EV3, an all-electric version of the iconic 3-Wheeler.
Unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the EV3 is Morgan’s first-ever electric vehicle and the first 3-Wheeler to receive a significant makeover since its revival in 2011. Not just a drivetrain swap, the EV3 gained a redesigned body and a new interior with a more modern instrument cluster.
A final pre-production prototype as of this writing, the Morgan EV3 will go into production in the fourth quarter of 2016, with the first examples likely to hit showrooms by the end of the year. Along with the EV3, Morgan also announced that it will develop more EV and hybrid vehicles in the future with funding from the British government. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the 3-Wheeler’s battery-powered brother.
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Henry Frederick Stanley built his own three-wheeled car in 1909, and a year later, Morgan Motor Company began producing its own cars. These odd looking cars had two wheels up front and one in the rear, and were produced up until 1952. But, long before then, Morgan developed its first four-wheel car, the 4/4. Aside from a short shut down during World War II, the 4/4 has been continually produced. Now 2016 marks the car’s 80th anniversary.
In 2011, Morgan released the Morgan 4/4 75th anniversary edition, so it is no surprise the Morgan showed up at the Geneva Auto Show this year with another special-edition 4/4 in tow, this time, to celebrate the car’s 80th anniversary. The car has changed a little over the years, but deep down it still has that old-school styling that was popular back in the 1930s. This styling might cause some, especially the younger generations, to dismiss it quickly, but the car deserves a lot more attention than that. It is, after all, the world’s longest running production model.
Morgan is slated to produce just 80 models of the 80th-anniversary edition, complete with special features designed specifically for the special edition model. There is, of course, some personalization available, but you’ll see that the special features included as part of this special edition are more than enough to pay homage to this long-running model. So, now that we’ve talked about the history of the model lets dive in and take a deeper look at the 80th-anniversary edition.
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Morgan Plans To Build Hybrid And Electric Models From 2019
Add Morgan to the growing list of automakers who are gearing up for a future model lineup that includes hybrid and electric vehicles. The British automaker has announced its intention to develop a series of hybrid and EV models that it plans to launch by 2019. While it’s not as big of a company as some of the giants in the business, Morgan is still making that leap, thanks in large part to securing funding from the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre.
The company is also tapping into its partnerships with Delta Motorsport and Potenza Technology to invest £6 million ($8.5 million) in the development of new technologies, including hybrid and EV powertrains.
Morgan managing director Steve Morris told Autocar that the company has already invested time and money to get to this point, specifically touching on the research and development of new propulsion technologies that it has been doing for close to a decade now.
While it’s certainly hard to envision Morgan becoming as big in hybrids and EVs as the Toyotas and BMWs of the world, the company knows what its targets are and is sticking to it, including appealing to its key markets and attracting new customers.
Only time will tell if Morgan will be able to get where it needs to go, but there’s plenty of reason to believe that with the industry evolving into one that places a premium on delivering improved fuel economy and efficiency, there’s no time like today - and the future - for Morgan to go all-in on this endeavor.
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They say Porsche’s been building the same car for decades. But next to Morgan, Porsche looks like Lexus 2050. So tightly has Morgan held to tradition that not only do its new cars look like they might have been designed in 1950, they’re built like it, too. As of right now, Morgan is the only car company in the world to build its frames out of wood. Yes, wood. As in, the stuff that used to be trees; in this case, ash trees harvested locally from the Malvern Hills. Now that’s tradition.
Of course, you’d expect a car company so deliberately steeped in the grandiose past to plan something big for a notable commemoration. This year marks the 65th birthday of the company’s most successful model, the Plus 4. While 65 years old is technically old enough to collect a pension in England, Morgan’s limited run of 50, Cosworth-powered AR Plus 4 proves that this dapper old chap isn’t quite ready for the retirement home yet.
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It’s a well-known scientific fact that the Morgan 3 Wheeler is the greatest car in the world. By modern standards, this tiny roadster with a missing wheel is archaic. With an 82 horsepower motorcycle engine, it’s not particularly fast. Its chassis is constructed using techniques from the 1930s. It doesn’t have an infotainment system or even an AM radio. Those might sound like negatives, but brought together they make for one of the most fun and engaging cars on sale today.
Now Morgan has a new 3 Wheeler called the EV3, that ditches the V-twin engine and replaces it with an electric motor and battery pack in the rear. Morgan says the electric drivetrain is good for 75 kW, the equivalent of 100 horsepower, and has range of about 150 miles. At a featherweight 992 pounds, it’s also a good bit lighter than the gas-powered 3 Wheeler, which is about 160 pounds heavier.
The lack of a V-twin hanging off the front helps simplify styling, and the polished-aluminum body and disc front wheels make it look like a shrunken version of something you might see streaking across the Bonneville Salt Flats. Overall, the subtle, yet effective changes give a sort of 1950s-retro-futurist feel.
Only a concept for now, the EV3 will be shown later this month at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s currently in development and a production version is planned for the end of 2016. Like the regular 3 Wheeler, Morgan says production EV3s will be bespoke-built to order.
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Morgan is very much a unique car company: it makes cars you either love or hate. The folks at XCar are definitely in the love-it camp, and in this video, they not only say it, but also show it by taking a roofless model out for a test drive in January. That’s something you’re likely to do only if you really love a car. This enthusiasm is understandable though, especially given the fact that this is one of only 60 units of the Plus 8 Speedster that Morgan will build.
The car is special edition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the company, which is still family owned after a century of operation. It manages this by having its niche more or less all to itself, building cars by hand that have the appearance of machines from the 1930s. It’s an odd approach, but it has clearly worked for them, and the cars have a definite charm to them. It might be strange to feel nostalgic for a time you probably weren’t alive for, but Morgan can make sure that you at least have fun doing it.
Introduced in 2001, the Aero 8 was notable for several reasons. First, it was the first new Morgan design since 1948. Second, it was also the first Morgan to employ an aluminum chassis and frame as opposed to the wooden body tub and steel chassis in previous models. It was also criticized for its "crosseyed" headlamps, which Morgan fixed in 2007. Replaced by the Aero SuperSports and Aero Coupe, the Aero 8 just made a comeback at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. as Morgan’s range-topping roadster model.
Obviously based on the current Aero Coupe, the Aero 8 features similar exterior styling, an almost identical cockpit, and a BMW-sourced V-8 engine. Of course, the Aero 8 comes with a few unique features of its own and plenty of options buyers can use to customize their roadster into a one-of-a-kind rig. The new Aero 8 will hit showrooms as a limited-edition model for the 2016 model year, when Morgan celebrates 15 years since launching the nameplate, but don’t get your hopes up on seeing it in the U.S. any time soon.
Updated 03/03/2015: Morgan unveiled the 2015 Aero 8 at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and announced it will enter production in the fourth quarter of 2015.
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The 2015 Geneva Auto Show is nearly here, as it kicks off for the media on March 3rd and the general public on March 5th. There are tons of debuts scheduled for the event, one of which happens to be a new Morgan. Morgan, which is best known for its retro-inspired creations, appears to be rolling into Geneva with yet another classic-looking piece with modern greasy bits.
From the shadowy image that the small British automaker released, I can see that this is an extreme cab-rearward design, which leads me to believe that this is a modified version of the Aero Coupe with a notchback instead of the typical fastback look. The seats sit just fore of the rear axle, while the hood is seemingly a mile long. The sides are accented by a swoopy sill that starts from the front wheel arch and slowly descends as it stretches back to the rear fender. This thing looks like it’s straight from a 1930’s gangster movie and should have some short-fused dude named Bugsie driving it.
In the video below, we also get a nice look at its interior and an earful of its burbling exhaust note. Clearly, this thing is packing some turbocharged heat, with the likely candidate being a BMW-sourced twin-turbo V-8.
Stay tuned, as this model will debut in just a few days, and we’ll be sure to bring you all of the details.
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About a couple of weeks ago, Morgan — you know, the British company that keeps building cars like it’s 1950 — announced it will launch a new model at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. A teaser photo was also released with the statement, but other than showcasing the front fascia of an Aero Coupe/Supersports model, the shadowy image provided no hints as to what to expect in Geneva. Now, Morgan has published yet another teaser, this time around in the form of a 35-second clip. There aren’t many hints in this one either, but the video does show a pair of leather-wrapped seats with diamond quilting. Morgan quality at its best!
Fortunately, the video’s soundtrack provides a bit more info. Specifically, it tells us the new vehicle also comes with a turbocharged V-8 engine, although there have been rumors that Morgan might opt for a V-6. The new Morgan sounds downright gorgeous, with its engine boasting a mix of classic V-8 roar and race-like popping and cracking. I’ll give you a moment.
Sounds exhilarating, doesn’t it?
So what are we actually listening to? The folks over at Jalopnik quote Morgan’s Chief of Design Jon Wells saying this new car is "an evolution of the Aero. A car that celebrates 15 years since the launch of the Aero platform." If that’s any indication, Morgan is again using a BMW-sourced V-8 engine, most likely an updated version from the Munich’s new line of M models. Bring it on!
British manufacturer Morgan has announced it will launch a new model at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. The single teaser image Morgan has released so far suggests that the new vehicle could be related to the Aero Coupe and Aero Supersport models. Both represent a significant departure from the company’s traditional styling, seen on models such as the 4/4 and the Plus 8, featuring integrated fenders and front bumper, as well as a heavily revised rear end. Judging by the preliminary teaser (shown above), the Brits are likely to showcase the new version of the Aero in Geneva.
With no actual clue as to the identity of the new sports car except for the Aero front end, I’m inclined to believe this Morgan won’t be an all-new car, but rather a slightly revised Aero with a new engine. The current Aero roster is motivated by BMW-sourced, 4.8-liter V-8 engines the Germans stopped using in the X5 SUV and the 5 Series sedan five years ago. With these mills unlikely to pass future emissions standards, Morgan may have developed or borrowed a new engine for the Aero series.
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If there’s one automaker that’s more exclusive than Ferrari, that would have to be Morgan Motor Company. Of course, the comparison is somewhat silly given the products that come from these companies, but Morgan is one of those manufacturers that builds less than 1,000 vehicles a year. What’s more, certain cars have a waiting list of up to six months. That’s because each car is assembled by hand, starting with the wooden frame and ending with the hand-formed, aluminum body. Sure, nothing’s cooler than a Ferrari badge nowadays, but Morgan’s old-fashioned ways are darn impressive in my book.One less-known fact about this British company is that it has a Special Projects Division.
This means Morgan can build bespoke, one-off vehicles just like the big boys from Ferrari, Lambo and Jaguar Land Rover. They don’t do it very often, but you’d better be prepared to stand in awe when such an automobile comes out of Malvern, England. If you fancy the classy yet modern looks of the Aero Coupe, then Morgan’s latest custom vehicle will leave you impressed. Meet the Morgan SP1, essentially the production version of the 2009 LifeCar concept!
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The 2014 Morgan Plus 4 prides itself on its old school looks that frankly hasn’t changed all that much from the models in the 60’s. It’s quite charming, really, that Morgan continues to roll out a car that looks like this.
There are some redeeming qualities about Morgan and the Plus 4. A lot, actually. One thing we’ve come to appreciate about the company is its dedication to its classic sports car roots. Whereas other brands may have caved in to produce cars with designs that are up to the times, Morgan is sticking to its guns, determined to cater to that specific market that still appreciates an retro-looking burner when they see one.
And in a lot of ways, the Plus 4’s design actually makes it stand out these days. Thankfully, Morgan understands that just because the car looks like a `40’s hot rod, it doesn’t mean it should carry an engine from those times. It has 154 horsepower under that elongated bonnet, more than enough to enjoy the thrill of riding in style with the Plus 4.
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The Morgan Plus 8 made its return in 2011 and since then, the retro-styled, modern-day sports car has seen its fair share of buyers. But don’t mistake the Plus 8’s looks as just a novelty because there’s a lot of history to it. In fact, Morgan has been building cars for 100 years, and it is paying tribute to that with the launch of the special edition Plus 8 Speedster.
There’s no denying that the Morgan Plus 8 Speedster doesn’t look like any other sports car these days. It’s looks come from a bygone era of stripped-down, road-going race cars and therein lies the appeal, as a lot of people will say.
You can call the Plus 8 Speedster eccentric, but what it really represents is a testament to the timeless nature of the model that can get imbibed with a buyer’s taste and preference, thanks to the comprehensive list of options Morgan is offering for its customers.
Oh, and don’t forget that the Plus 8 Speedster really does live up to its legend. It’s powered by a BMW-sourced, 4.8-liter, V-8 engine that produces 367 horsepower and 370 pound-feet, while mated to either a six-speed manual or a ZF six-speed automatic transmission. That much power translates to a 0-to-62 mph time of 4.2 seconds to go with an electrionically limited top speed of 148 mph. Those numbers represent a 0.3-second faster 0-to-60-mph time and a 7-mph slower top speed than the base Plus 8 with the same engine output.
The Morgan Plus 8 Speedster is expected to hit production this coming June with the first cars available later this year. It’s a special edition model so understandably, it comes with a special edition price of £69,995, which is about $117,000 based on current exchange rates.
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Last year Driven offered a very interesting series on how cars are made at the Koenigsegg factory. Thanks to that series, we have learned plenty about the Swedish supercars.
In the latest episode of its show, Driven took a trip to the Morgan Motor Company in Malvern, England. Matt Farah talked to the men responsible for developing these amazing sports cars. He walked the shop floors and talked with some of the long-time craftsmen about their tools and methods, and learns about the philosophy behind Morgan.
What makes the Morgan models so interesting is the fact that their frame is made from wood, so the construction process requires a special development process. And this is exactly what Matt Farah tries to find out from the guys he is talking to.
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The latest episode of the famous Jay Leno’s Garage show brings another great car into focus. Jason Len from XKs Unlimited stops by with a barely street-legal Morgan Plus 8 he developed for racetrack and it looks like Leno had an awesome time behind the wheel!
The Morgan Plus 8 was unveiled in 1968 and remained into production until 2004. Many enthusiasts consider it to be one of the best models developed by the British company. During its life, the Plus 8 only came with V-8 engines, as does this 1970 model reviewed by Leno.
The model brought to Jay Leno’s Garage was designed by the guys over XKs Unlimited as a hot rod, but it is still road legal. So, Jay Leno could enjoy this masterpiece on the public roadways. This customized Plus 8 surely looks very quick. We’re just wondering how Leno felt behind the wheel.
Morgan’s 3 Wheeler was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and since then, it saw a few special editions. The latest special edition – the Gulf Edition - was announced at the end of last year.
The model is powered by a Harley-Davidson-sourced engine that delivers a total of 115 horsepower and thanks to its incredible weight - just 1,212 pounds - it can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 115 mph.
This little vehicle caught the attention of the guys from XCar which took it out for a very brief spin near the factory in Malvern. Apparently the guys were pretty excited by this amazing little toy and seemed to have all the fun in the world behind the wheel.
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XCAR has just sent us a very nice video presenting Charles Morgan and his Morgan Aeromax - a car he uses on a daily basis, especially for weekly shopping. Morgan says he loves the attention it gets and he is aware of the fact that he is "sitting on a thing of beauty and that only the hardiest of chaps can ignore its beauty."
He also remembers how his father laughed when Charles told him he wants to move the brand into the 20th Century with a bonded-aluminum chassis. And the fact that Morgan is among the first companies to adopt the magnesium chassis is a reason to be proud of.
The Aeromax is by a 4.4 liter V-8 engine that delivers more than 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and hits a top speed of 160 mph.