Morgan Super 3 is old, new and extremely cool

Morgan unveiled its new three-wheeler on Thursday, simply called the Super 3. It might not, at first glance, appear to be a radical departure from the old model, the 3 wheelsbut the more you look, the more you see that this is indeed the modern Morgan.

For starters, this is the company’s first product to use a unibody chassis – no ash frames here. Then there are things like digital dials and optional navigation – also the first two for the Malvern factory. The original Mazda five-speed gearbox from the old car remains, but where previously there was a 2.0-litre motorcycle V-twin engine suspended in front of the bodywork, there is now a Ford engine at three cylinders enclosed by the body panels. This will likely change the driving experience a bit, because where the Morgan previously tended to ride a deep torque sink, the new three-cylinder engine is likely to want to rev much higher. The Super 3 has also been designed to accept under-seat batteries in the future – hint hint.

In numbers, the new engine develops 118 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 110 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. These figures are higher than those of the previous engine, which developed 82 hp at 5,250 rpm and 105 lb-ft at 3,250 rpm. Weight has also increased slightly to 1,400 pounds, so the 0-62 mph time remains in a similar ballpark at 7 seconds, but top speed has dropped from 115 mph in the old car to 130 mph in the new (if you’re feeling brave).

It’s so, so cool.

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The overall design is interesting, with the new side blades being perhaps the most striking addition to the aesthetic. Up front, your eyes are drawn to the large aluminum casting, which serves as an engine mount, suspension mount and also an aero piece to help direct airflow to the radiators. The front wheels are also very grippy; an inch taller than before at 20 inches in diameter, their design was partly born out of necessity (as lead designer Jon Wells explains in our video), but it’s also reminiscent of all manner of iconic rims, such as the turbofans and those of the Jaguar XJ220. Avon supplies the rubber around the rims, and the new front tires look a little more serious than those on the old 3-Wheeler. They also carry the excellent name of Speedmaster.

The interior and exterior are extensively customizable. Side slats are available in contrasting colors, there are different height screen options and customers will have several material choices for the seats, including saddle leather and a new technical fabric. You may also notice the multiple mounting points throughout the car, which make it easy to attach custom racks and luggage. Morgan has worked with Malle London to develop some of this gear, and has also designed some interesting (and slightly curious) bespoke gear for those looking to ride in all weathers.

Pricing for the new Super 3 has yet to be announced, but is expected to be similar to the previous model at around £40,000 (around $54,000 based on current exchange rates). It might seem expensive at first considering you don’t even have a fourth wheel, but the details are truly exquisite and the Super 3 will likely attract as much attention as a supercar. Obviously, we’ll have to reserve final judgment until we’ve driven it, but on the evidence of this first look, three could really turn out to be the magic number once again at Morgan.

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