Morgan EvaGT Concept Car Makes its Debut at Pebble Beach
The Morgan EvaGT 2+2 concept
car broke cover at Pebble Beach, California, during this August’s Monterey
Weekend festivities. Charles Morgan is the grandson of H.F.S. who founded this
101-year-old British sports car maker. Hence, he has an excellent idea of what
made Morgans special. But Charles is also shrewdly aware of the 21st century
and its fresh design demands.
The EvaGT is based on the
Morgan Aero, and shares the latter’s bonded aluminum chassis—retaining bits of
ash superstructure here and there—and superformed aluminum bodywork. Its
powertrain, sourced from BMW, features a 3.0-liter direct-injected twin-turbo
inline-6 teamed with a choice of 6-speed transmission, either manual or (gad!)
automatic. Such is its 306 bhp combined with a projected weight of 2755 lb.
that stellar performance is expected: a predicted 0-62-mph acceleration of 4.5
seconds and top speed of 170 mph.
In possibly the understatement
of the year, there’s no mistaking the EvaGT 2+2 for my own 1965 4-Passenger
Family Tourer (although their shared sporting familial intent is acknowledged).
In fact, the EvaGT’s styling has evolved very nicely from that of the Morgan
Aero. The EvaGT is a more sculpted design with tautly controlled razor edges,
all paying less homage to classic lines of traditional Morgans. The front end
is particularly striking, its recessed grille shape being to Malvern Link what
the Bugatti Veyron’s horseshoe counterpart is to Molsheim.
A concept car at the moment,
the EvaGT is said to satisfy Euro 5 and 6 regulations as well as relevant U.S.
standards. There’s no particular reason the car couldn’t be added to Morgan’s
decidedly 21st century product line.