Morgan is a British automotive brand that started out in the late 1950’s when rationing was highly prevalent due to the Second World War. The company had to be innovative in the design of their cars. Because steel was such a commodity, they used lightweight aluminium in the design of the bodywork.
Aerodynamics played an important part as well and this was thanks to the engineers who worked on aircrafts during the war effort which was integrated in to the design of their cars. They also adopted the use of a smooth “in-line” straight six cylinder engine as it provided better reliability and comfort for long distance journeys.
Morgan is known for machines such as the Morgan Aero 8 and Morgan Aero SuperSports. The British company have now announced the production of a 2 + 2 coupe that will be given the designation EvaGT. It iis expected to debut at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Carmel, California.
The car will be based on the Morgan’s Aero SuperSports chassis while the design for the bodywork of the car uses computer technology which is then hand finished. This gives it an excellent aerodynamic feel with minimal shut lines, hidden wipers, flush door handles and sharp creases that deflect air over the surface of the car. No drag coefficient figures are available but from the teased design you can expect it to be relatively low.
Coupled with the sleek body will be the BMW turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six with direct petrol injection that develops 306 bhp and 400Nm of torque. Surprisingly, the EvaGT is only expected to sip 7.06 litre of fuel for every 100 km travelled which is quite an achievement for a sports coupe. This is because of the kerb weight of just 1250 kg which is less than the weight of certain hatchbacks.
All that power is channeled through either a six speed sport automatic gearbox or a 6 speed manual gearbox. Performance figures are guesstimates for the moment as Morgan say that the EvaGT can go from 0 to 100kmh in 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 273 km/h though you can be assured that more details will be available closer to the launch.
Only a 100 of these cars are expected to be produced which will begin in 2012 while a deposit of £5000 is expected from prospective customers. A striking departure from a company known for clinging to traditional designs, it would be amazing to see how the two door design will fit four humans. Unless they plan to use the same four adults that were used in the design of the back seat of the Mini.