From the hydrogen-powered LIFEcar concept to the Aero SuperSports to its history of wood-framed cars, Morgan spans an incredible variety of technology and aims with its cars, all wrapped in a classically-styled package. For this month's 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Morgan is turning its eye once again to the future with its new EvaGT.
With a more aggressively aerodynamic design that still draws on its classical roots, a taste of the greener side of driving, and still-solid acceleration figures, the EvaGT is shaping up to be an all-rounder of a concept. The vehicle is unique for Morgan in that it will offer space for four (the rear seats are only suitable for children or small adults), plus all their gear.
The EvaGT also retains Morgan’s all-aluminum body and chassis design. The car features the same lightweight bonded aluminum chassis as found in the Aero SuperSports, but it’s wrapped in superformed aluminum body panels similar to those used in the aviation industry.
Borrowing its engine from BMW in the form of the N54 twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six--rated at 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque--the car is expected to hit 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds, carry on to a top speed of 170 mph, and do it all while averaging 33.6 mpg. Not bad.
Weighing in at 2,760 pounds, the EvaGT is light by modern standards, helping to enable its solid acceleration and fuel economy figures, though the math seems to be a bit more favorable than we'd expect from a conventionally-powered six-speed manual or optional automatic rear-driver.
Pricing for the Morgan EvaGT is expected to fall around the $150,000 mark, with first deliveries scheduled to roll in 2012.
[Morgan via Autocar]