Jay Leno Test Drives the Morgan 3 Wheeler

Morgan 3 Wheeler

Jay Leno has a garage that can’t even be put into words. It’s simply the envy of every car guy on the planet. Word is, his garage is about to become even sweeter once a spot is cleared for the new version of the Morgan 3 Wheeler that’s soon to be released.

The 2012 Morgan 3 Wheeler pays homage to the original runabout (‘Cyclecar’) that “HFS” Morgan began developing in 1909. The radical design was truly a work of art and was built with three core principles in mind – all of which have stood the test of time, that’s simplicity, lightweight, and affordability. The lightweight chassis was fitted to a V-twin motorcycle engine, and was operated by a simple two-gear transmission. A more sophisticated three-speed with reverse would eventually be introduced in later models.

This rear-drive three-wheeler was not the least bit ordinary, but it was also far from being a simple gimmick either. With an impressive record at the race track and various other competitions it’s clear that the Morgan 3 Wheeler was built for performance, and built for enthusiasts. So, too is the new model.

The new Morgan 3 Wheeler features an 1800cc V-Twin engine that produces 115 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque. Don’t scoff, remember this car is built to be extremely lightweight. At just 1,090 pounds the 3 wheeler is able to find 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and maxes out at 115 mph. The estimated MSRP should be around $50,000, which is not bad considering that you’ll turn more heads compared to almost anything else that’s on the road. The uniqueness that this vehicle offers and the amazing lineage that it has behind it seems well worth the coin.

Hear what Jay Leno has to say about the 2012 Morgan 3 Wheeler as he takes it on a test drive through Melvern.

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The Car Show Premier Episode

The Car Show

The Car Show hosted by Adam Carolla made its premier this past Wednesday night on SPEED TV. The new series was highly anticipated and the pressure to deliver surely must have been immense. Especially considering that it’s inevitable that they’re going to draw comparisons to Top Gear, a series which in the eyes of most has set the bar extremely high.  But, before we start that debate, let’s first say that The Car Show, by my estimation, was a success. Sure, the production among other things could have been a little more polished, but that should come with age.

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Move Over Ferrari – Maserati To Get Twin-Turbo Pentastar V-6

Over Ferrari - Maserati

Rumors are swirling that some drastic changes could be in store for future Maserati GranTurismo and Quattroporte models. Reports indicate that Maserati will soon ditch their V-8 used in those particular vehicles, in favor of some American muscle by way of Pentastar. But, not even your typical huge displacement and naturally aspirated American engine. Instead, according to Inside Line, Maserati may opt for Pentastar’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. If true, the Chrysler engine would replace the current Ferrari V-8 used in the GranTurismo and Quattroporte. Chrysler replacing Ferrari… Welcome to the twilight zone?

Though it’s simply a rumor at this point, it’s still not hard to believe considering the growing trend towards turbocharged engines. Even the Ferrari FXX is rumored to be making the switch to turbochargers as well, with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 making around 750 horsepower. A downgrade from the 789 hp 6.3-liter V12 that the FXX is currently fitted with.

Pagani Huayra – Can it Fill the Zonda’s Shoes?

Pagani Huayra

12 years ago Pagani introduced it’s first supercar, the Zonda. A car that wasn’t aesthetically pleasing to the eye as say, the Ferrari 458 Italia, but was so unique and new that it gained attention from car enthusiasts everywhere. Not only was the car unique looking, it sounded beautiful and ran like a bat out of hell. Unfortunately, Pagani will no longer be producing the Zonda. However, judging by the spec sheet of its replacement, it appears to be up to the task of doing more than just replacing the Zonda. Let’s first hope a Huayra (pronounced waI-rah) doesn’t end up like this Zonda.

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$240,000 Luzzo Bespoke – Bugatti Inspired Desk

luzzo bugatti desk

Luzzo Bespoke, makers of some of the finest lifestyle and furniture products are now releasing a $240,000 Bugatti inspired desk. That’s right, a desk that will cost more than most supercars, but it’s a relative bargain compared to the $1.4 million Bugatti Veyron. However, I think it’s safe to assume that this desk will not hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. So then, exactly what do you get for your money?

For starters, it’s highly limited to only ten suckers customers, represented with a unique plaque detailing its construction history. The blue paint scheme pays homage to the classic Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix Racer. Also included is an Applie iMac, that’s built into the desk whereas it’s completely retractable when not in use. The drawers are also self-closing and lockable.

Still not adding up for you? Me either. I suppose once you can afford a $240,000 desk, actual value doesn’t mean much anymore.  For the more frugal type, there is a $65,000 version.

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2012 Corvette Will Feature Optional Michelin Pilot Sport Cup ZP

Pilot Sport ZP

Corvette’s partnership with Michelin fittingly began on the racing scene in 2004 and finally trickled down to the production side in 2009. That relationship will continue to flourish as the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and ZR1 will come equipped with the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup ZP. The high performance tires are included in the optional Z07 package (for the Z06) and PDE package (for the ZR1). By bringing Michelin’s renown racing technology to the street, the Cup tires offer a significant upgrade for any enthusiast to enjoy.

The Pilot Sport Cup ZP features asymmetric run-flat sidewalls that enhance the handling precision and overall cornering ability of the vehicle. The outside sidewall is engineered to be reflexive and provide a variable contact patch, while the reinforced inner sidewall brings the rigidity needed to handle extreme cornering forces. When dealing with the type of power that the ZR1 and Z06 have on tap, an inadequate tire will struggle to cope with the forces being applied when getting back on the throttle. However, the Sport Cup ZP offers “unique tuning of the production tire’s variable contact patch that enables drivers the ability to get on the power more quickly when exiting corners.”

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Audi 2.5-liter TFSI Wins International Engine of the Year Award

Audi TFSI engine

The Audi 2.5-liter TFSI has been named the “International Engine of the Year” for the second year in a row. The reigning champion of the 2.0 to 2.5 liter category can be found in the Audi RS 3 Sportback and Audi TT RS Coupe and Roadster. This turbocharged five-cylinder produces an impressive 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. A creation by quattro GmbH, the engine powers the TT RS Coupe to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds, while the heavier RS 3 Sportback gets there in 4.6.

What makes the TFSI unique spans much further than its latest direct gasoline injection technology and gaudy spec sheet. The numbers speak volumes, but if you dig a little deeper you’ll truly see what separates this engine from the competition. Every manufacture is capable of creating a motor that produces a lot of power. However, it takes some special engineering to produce such numbers in a lightweight and compact package, which is exactly what Audi was able to accomplish.

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