Morgan 3-Wheelers in the Philippines! Is driving more fun with just 3 wheels?

Photos by Philip Aragones and THE aSTIG

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If you’re seeing this mechanical wonder for the first time, then you’re probably thinking… Is this a motorcycle? Tricycle? A mini locomotive? An airplane that lost its wings? Or what? Well, simply put, it’s a Morgan 3-Wheeler. And pictured here is the 2014 model. Ok so you may start to wonder why something that looks vintage is actually a 2014 model? Read on to see the rest of the story…

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Yes, it’s the 2014 Morgan 3-Wheeler. The car (or is it?) is powered by an S&S 1976cc V-Twin motorcycle engine mated to a Mazda 5-speed manual gearbox. And because it weights a mere 525kg, it’s capable of propelling the machine to a top speed of 185kph, with a 0-100kph time of 6 seconds. To give you some perspective, that acceleration time is just about as fast as a Honda S2000! And the hell with the top speed. Just imagine travelling at 185kph while being exposed to the elements, so low to the ground, in a thing that looks like a vintage airplane that lost its wings, with that unique raw engine sound that can only come from a V-Twin (Ducati and Harley Davidson aficionados know this by heart), 185kph would suddenly feel like 300kph!

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Simply put, it’s all about having a different mindset in driving. If driving for you used to be getting from point A to point B in the fastest and most efficient manner, which is the same concept when driving a race car or a daily commuter car, the Morgan 3-Wheeler is all about the adventure of getting from point A to point B.

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To those in the know, this design has actually been around for some time now. Featured here is the 1935 Morgan Super Sports 3-Wheeler.

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It seems the idea behind the bullet-shaped design is to make it as close to an airplane as possible.

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Now, if you’re the type who would buy one of these 3-Wheelers, then I doubt that you’re looking for speed. I’m sure you’re in it for the experience of driving, and being seen driving what looks like an exquisite and rare British motoring icon, making everyone smile and wonder, and of course the experience of spending upwards of Php3.5M (standard trim, but with fully customizeable options), that will look like a multi-million peso nostalgic exhibit.

And, as you may or may not know, Morgan already has a dealership and showroom along EDSA in Mandaluyong City. And the Morgan 3-Wheeler is one of the four cars on display. News is, the popularity of the Morgan 3-Wheeler has prompted the local distributor to plan a one-make race for enthusiasts! Think it would be fun to watch? We’re sure looking forward to it!

Photos taken during the 2014 Trans Sport Show.

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4 Responses to Morgan 3-Wheelers in the Philippines! Is driving more fun with just 3 wheels?

  1. Libero Pensatorre via Facebook says:

    Yawwnnn…. A kooky non-car that tries to have the quarter mile times of a motorcycle. P3.5M gets a Vmax, a ZX14 and an S1000RR plus lots more grins per buck.

    Oh yeah, I forgot: cars are for those “speed demons” who want speed but don’t have the balls for it. Apples to oranges, I guess. ^_^

  2. Windz Gariando via Facebook says:

    Driving experience :-D

  3. Noel Coronel via Facebook says:

    Driving experience straight to your grave… And it’s not because of this 3-wheeler. It’s because of the buses that will deliberately try to sideswipe you and crush you.

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