Morgan 3 Wheeler review - fewer wheels but extra thrills

Drives just like how it looks, hilariously good fun

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from £25,950
  • Looks fantastic, simple clean driving experience, burnouts
  • Understeer and plenty of it, lacks grip, less fun in the wet

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The Morgan 3 Wheeler offers a driving experience like no other. It's a properly grassroots car which gets back to the very essence of what enjoying a drive is all about, while offering eye-catching looks which no other car currently boasts.

The 3 Wheeler isn't really about straight line or point to point speed, nor can it match the likes of a Caterham for raw adrenalin-charged thrills. Instead, the 3 Wheeler offers something different, at its best when driven at seven tenths where the unusual handling characteristics can be enjoyed rather than intimidate.

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At slow speeds, the V-twin engine sounds fantastic. It chunters and pops, delivering a noise more reminiscent of a proper vintage car. It's also nice and responsive, making the driving experience in a 3 Wheeler all the more engaging for it.

Admittedly the 3 Wheeler is almost definitely a car for the Summer. A fundamental lack of grip means you will see the car wheelspin all the way up into third in greasy conditions, while the skinny front tyres lack proper bite on turn-in. It's also not got any roof, so you're open to the elements whichever way you look at it.

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But all of this is about building a character into the car. Morgan has produced something that never really takes itself too seriously, with driving dynamics that while not necessarily setup for speed, always result in a smile. A truly special car that feels bespoke, rare and a viable alternative for those looking to add something unusual as a second vehicle to their garage.

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The limited edition Brooklands special 3 Wheeler comes with a fishtail exhaust. It sounds utterly ridiculous, with a volume level that is above and beyond just about every road car we've ever driven.

While only 50 were made, if you really want the 3 Wheeler experience at its most visceral, we suggest tracking one down or getting a system built.

It's also worth noting that you can option heated seats onto the 3 Wheeler for £216. Definitely recommended, especially if you intend on driving the car on anything other than a warm Summer's day.

Morgan has also now built an electric 3 Wheeler concept with plans to bring it into production by late 2016. Currently in testing, expect more news on the car later next year.

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The 3 Wheeler is very much a handmade car, so you can expect plenty of the quirks that come along with owning something put together by a small volume manufacturer.

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Crucially though, two major parts of the vehicle come from larger scale manufacturers. The S&S supplied V-Twin engine and Mazda MX-5 gearbox help bring some comforting reliability to any of the major pressure points in the drivetrain.

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Performance and 0-60 time > Light weight means brisk performance, despite the rear tyre's constant struggle for traction. Read all about the Morgan 3 Wheeler performance here

Engine and gearbox > Thumping American V-twin and slick Japanese Mazda gearbox combine for a truly enthralling drivetrain. And NVH be damned. Read all about the Morgan 3 Wheeler engine and gearbox here

Ride and handling > This is not a car best enjoyed at its dynamic limits, but it can entertain at a crawl better than some cars manage flat out. Read all about the Morgan 3 Wheeler ride and handling here

MPG and running costs > Light weight means reasonable fuel economy despite the century-old aerodynamics. Longer-term reliability unproven. Read all about the Morgan 3 Wheeler MPG and running costs here

Prices, specs and rivals > Pricing of around £30,000 puts the Morgan up against some serious track day specials, but it's difficult to compare them. Read all about the Morgan 3 Wheeler prices here

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Interior and tech > There's not much of an interior and virtually no technology, but what there is, perfectly suits the 3 Wheeler's ethos. Read all about the Morgan 3 Wheeler interior here

Design > It's a design of the 1930s, updated for the 2010s. And there's nothing wrong with that - there's nothing else that looks like it. Read all about the Morgan 3 Wheeler design here

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