British automaker Morgan has been making three-wheeled vehicles off-and-on for the last 100 years. On this Feature Flick, Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago takes the Morgan 3 Wheeler to the track and canyon roads to see how much fun can be had with a low-tech package.
The Morgan 3 Wheeler has a century-old design and is hand-built in the U.K. Sitting up front between the headlights is an 80-hp 2.0-liter V-twin engine, similar to that found in a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The engine is connected to a Mazda Miata five-speed manual transmission that sends power to the single rear wheel via a bevel drive, which operates a belt-driven swing arm. While the Morgan 3 Wheeler isn’t the fastest vehicle on the road, its sub-1300 pound curb weight makes the most of its 80 hp and 103 lb-ft of torque.
Lago puts the Morgan 3 Wheeler through its paces at the track before taking it to the canyons to see if the simplicity of design, lack of electronic aids – including power steering and ABS – and noticeable flaws can put a smile on the driver’s face. Check out the video below to find out what Lago thought of the Morgan 3 Wheeler.