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Morgan Eva GT Debuts At Pebble Beach

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On: Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 1:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

Morgan Eva GT Debuts At Pebble Beach

Independent U.K. manufacturer Morgan debuted its all-new Eva GT grand tourer this past weekend at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach. The sleek, stylish car combines sporty, retro-meets-modern styling with a lightweight chassis and body, enough room for four people and bags in the trunk, and a BMW six-cylinder engine. Those factors help to deliver enviable numbers in all-out performance and fuel efficiency.

Underneath its flowing, elongated hood, the Eva GT features a BMW twin-turbo straight six with direct injection, providing 302 hp and 295 lb-ft. That engine pairs with either a six-speed ZF automatic or a six-speed manual transmission.

Despite its rather large, stately appearance, the Eva GT weighs significantly less than 3,000 lbs. (2,750). Morgan kept weight down by using its bonded aluminum chassis and a series of superformed aluminum body panels.

The combination of BMW power and lightweight design open the Eva GT up for a 4.5-second 0 to 62 mph time and a 170-mph top speed. According to Morgan's numbers, the car can also offer up to 40 mpg worth of fuel economy.

When the Eva GT was first teased, its flowing lines appeared to indicate a more retro look reminiscent of a 1930s-style coupe, complete with long, prominent front fender arches. In fact, if you look at the other cars in Morgan's line, you'll see a whole lot of this retro styling. The Eva GT, however, creates a new mold for Morgan, featuring modern, sporty styling with just a hint of throwback design courtesy of the large, arched grille, rolling wheel arches and sweeping, two-toned paint. Everything else on the car--from its teardrop LED headlights to its low cabin to its center-mounted dual exhaust--is purely modern.

If we had one complaint about the Eva GT, it's that its front end is just a little too elongated to properly exemplify Morgan's newly found sleek, 21st century styling. This is part necessity of the car's aim, however, as Charles Morgan explained to Autocar: "“It’s intended to be capable as serving as everyday family transport as well as a luxury GT. The rear seats will be comfortable for children and small adults, and should serve for occasional use for taller occupants.”

In order to guarantee enough interior space for up to four adults and their accompanying luggage, Morgan extended the wheelbase to 4.7 meters, a full half a meter longer than the company's Aeromax, which sits on the same chassis.

Morgan will begin production on the Eva GT in 2012, with an initial offering of just 100 examples. Pricing has not yet been announced, but Autocar speculates it will fall in the £70,000-£85,000 ($109,000 to $133,00). Morgan is now taking $8,000 deposits for its latest creation.

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