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Morgan Three-Wheeler Coming To US

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On: Thu, May 3, 2012 at 10:01AM | By: Chris Weiss

Morgan Three-Wheeler Coming To US

Remember the days when US streets and highways were decorated by the occasional Plymouth Prowler? Well, they're about to get an even more ornate decoration in the form of the Morgan Three-Wheeler. The bike..car...three-wheeler has been announced for US sale.

When we first saw the Morgan Three-Wheeler, we didn't think it had much of a chance at US sale. We figured that somewhere within the 1,155-lb. package of tiny, open cabin, exposed motor and ultra-thin wheels was a host of US safety violations. But thanks to the fact that its three-wheeled layout and low-volume production give it some reprieve from the tougher restrictions facing four-wheeled cars, the Three-Wheeler has already been approved for US sale. Morgan will sell the funky trio of wheels via three US dealers, according to reports this week.

Morgan debuted the Three-Wheeler at last year's Geneva Motor Show. It uses an 115-hp V-Twin engine and 5-speed Mazda transmission to power its lone rear wheel. It can hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, meaning it should be as fun to drive as it will be to spot on the highway.

The first dealer that will offer the Three-Wheeler is Liberty in Seattle. Morgan purchased Liberty's Ace three-wheeler design, which it redesigned into the Three-Wheeler. Morgan hasn't announced the other two dealers just yet, but we'd anticipate that they'll be in or near big markets like LA, San Francisco, New York or Miami.

Company chief Charles Morgan plans to race the Three-Wheeler in this month's Gumball 3000, helping to announce its arrival in the States. The car is expected to cost between $40,000 and $45,000.


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