2012 Morgan EvaGT -- First Look
The wraps officially came off of the new 2012 Morgan EvaGT this weekend at Pebble Beach, and the newest family-member-to-be of this venerable Brtitish marque definitely lived up to the promise shown by earlier teaser images. As indicated previously, the initial limited production run of 100 EvaGT units will commence sometime in 2012.
An extension -- literally and figuratively -- of Morgan's current state-of-the-art platform architecture, the new EvaGT is spun from a slightly stretched version of the bonded-aluminum chassis that underpins the Morgan Aeromax and Aero SuperSports. Like those two-seaters, this dedicated four-passenger coupe is wrapped in precision-crafted superformed aluminum body panels that use aircraft-derived technology to ensure optimal smoothness and panel fits. The EvaGT's dramatically flowing contours also incorporate aero-enhancing edges as well as wind-cheating detail touches like flush door handles and hidden wipers to further lower its drag numbers. On an equally functional front, Morgan says the EvaGT's mini growth spurt results in aft quarters able to accommodate at least modestly-scaled adults as well as netting more usable trunk space.
Designed to meet all international crash regulations, the 2012 Morgan EvaGT will be powered by an equally world-compliant BMW 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six that makes 302 horses and 295 lb.-ft. of torque teamed with either a ZF-sourced six-speed manual or automatic transmission. With its projected curb weight of roughly 2,750 pounds, the Morgan EvaGT should be capable of hitting 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds and see 170 mph on the top end -- while offering an impressive 40 mpg in highway-cruise mode.
Morgan indicates that in addition to the expected stability/traction controls and antilock brakes, the new EvaGT will come with an array of multi-stage smart airbags as well as xenon headlamps and satellite navigation. Although the automaker has yet to set a final price, it has begun taking orders accompanied by a £5,000 (about $7,800) deposit and indicates that the "on-road price will be competitive for a car of this class." That guidance means it's likely to open in the $160,000-$180,000 range, depending on exchange rates.