British boutique automaker, Morgan, has just released this first glimpse of a car it will introduce this August at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Carmel, California. Dubbed the EvaGT, the sleek four-seat coupe is underpinned by the latest incarnation of the bonded-aluminum chassis currently residing beneath the Morgan Aero SuperSports model and is wrapped in superformed aluminum body panels that ensure perfectly smooth surfaces and tight, uniform clearances. Like other contemporary Morgan offerings, the EvaGT has been designed to meet U.S. crash and safety specs.
While providing only limited technical details, Morgan has confirmed that the new EvaGT will be fitted with a BMW-sourced 3.0-liter twin-turbo, direct-injected inline-six engine that makes 306 horsepower. That force will be sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission and provide enough kick to send the 2,755-pound EvaGT from 0-60 mph in an estimated 4.5 seconds and on up to a top speed of 170 mph.
Production of the first 100 cars in what will be a "limited" total run is set to start in mid-2012. The company will begin taking orders shortly, although getting a slot in the customer cue will set prospective buyers back £5000 (about $7,300 at present exchange rates). As for price, Morgan will only commit to the EvaGT's sticker being "competitive for a car of this class," a reference that likely means it will open somewhere near the $200K mark.