Anglophiles rejoice. A new generation of the famed three-wheeled Morgan that closely follows the principles of the original will be launched as a 2011 model, the venerable British automaker announced Wednesday.
Morgan Motor Co., well-known for keeping the faith of traditional sports-car construction, said the 2011 Threewheeler will be powered by a V-twin motorcycle engine hanging off its nose just like most versions of the cyclecar that Morgan produced from 1911 to 1952.
Only now instead of J.A.P. or Matchless engines, the latter-day Threewheeler gets an 1800 cc Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle that will churn 100 horsepower in the Morgan, the company said. The transmission is a five-speed from Mazda, and the engine gets an electric start instead of having to be pushed to fire up, as did the early Morgans.
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Morgan said that Threewheeler will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and have a top speed of 115 mph.
Styling for the simple cyclecar will follow that of the Super Sport Aeros that Morgan built from 1927 to 1939, including an exposed exhaust that runs down one side of the car. These performance three-wheelers became famous on race tracks and back roads in their day for their competitive power and handling instead of just their economy.