Few vehicles are as eccentric as Morgan’s 3 Wheeler. But the company’s previous version, introduced in 2011, hardly could be called sophisticated. The new 2022 Super 3, on the other hand, adopts a number of advancements—including a new water-cooled three-cylinder engine—that vastly improve the driving experience without spoiling its uniqueness.
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The Morgan Super 3 replaces the company’s previous 3 Wheeler model, with the biggest improvement being the fitment of a Ford-sourced 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine in place of the old car’s 2.0-liter two-cylinder.
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The Super 3’s Ford engine is water cooled rather than air cooled, as the old 3 Wheeler’s engine was. Flat panels on either side of the Super 3 conceal its radiators.
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Morgan will offer a range of clip-on accessories that will fit into specially designed mounting points on the Super 3’s side panels, windscreen rail, and rear deck.
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The Super 3’s engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission originally designed for the Mazda Miata. The output of this turns a bevel gear, which drives the single rear wheel via a belt.
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The Super 3 marks a significant milestone for Morgan: It is the first of the company’s models to feature a unibody structure rather than a body mounted over a frame incorporating wood.
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The Super 3’s three-cylinder makes 118 horsepower and works against a curb weight of around 1450 pounds. Morgan says the car should be able to reach 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, despite the limited traction of its single-wheel drive.
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The Super 3’s front tires are specially designed 20-inch Avons, while the rear is a larger all-season chosen to ensure the car has equals amount of grip at each end.
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The Super 3’s interior is waterproof, with instrumentation provided by two circular digital displays.
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The Super 3’s seats are fixed in place, and any but the smallest drivers will need to hang their arms over the side of the cockpit. The pedal box moves to accommodate drivers of different heights.
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Our test car was fitted with powerful seat heaters, but also the option of a conventional heater, which, even with the fan on full, didn’t have any appreciable effect in the open cockpit.
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In Europe, the Super 3 is regarded as being closer to a car than a motorcycle, which is why its headlamps are mounted outboard of the body. However, in the U.S. the lights will be positioned closer together in the aperture under the cowling.
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Steering and brakes are unassisted, and the Super 3 doesn’t have any form of stability or traction control, or even ABS braking.
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