Morgan Plus E electric sports car revealed at Geneva Motor Show
By Davey G. Johnson
In all of your humble author's years knocking around the edges and through the center of the automotive realm, he has never heard the phrase, “Brocephus, you know what I hate? I hate Morgans.”
Because really, who does? And if somebody irrationally harbors a hatred of the ash-framed wonders from Britain, would you really care to know said person? Last year's reason to love the company was the updated reissue of its charismatic 3 Wheeler. This year? Well, this year, Morgan has gone and put an honest-to-Gilgamesh five-speed manual transmission in an electric car.
The Morgan Plus E, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, weighs in at a relatively svelte 2,755 pounds and cranks out 221 lb-ft of torque from its Zytek electric motor, enough to launch the futuristic throwback to 62 mph in six seconds flat. But too many of said launches or sustained sojourns at Morgan's claimed 115-mph top speed would undoubtedly reduce the 120-mile range.
The Morgan concept's real party trick, however, is the five-speed manual gearbox, which should add a level of involvement and joy missing from today's “mash-play-and-launch” sporting vehicles, from the CVT-equipped Nissan Juke to the Tesla Roadster to the PDK-only Porsche Panamera Turbo S.
For now, the Plus E is only a concept, but we'd love to see one on the lawn at Pebble Beach some 50 years from now in the “Early 21st Century Limited Production EV Sports” class alongside a Tesla Roadster and a Commuter Cars Tango.
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