Design chief Jon Wells says modern CAD and CAE techniques were invaluable in helping his team meet the packaging challenges of Super 3’s monocoque body-chassis which included maintaining ultra-compact body dimensions while fitting the engine inside the body, rather than across the front as with previous V-twin models. With a 3.6m overall length, Super 3 is 120mm longer than the outgoing model — thus similar in length to a Fiat 500 — yet it provides considerably more generous cockpit space for occupants in practically every dimension. The seats (available in a total of four finishes) are fixed but both the pedal and box and the steering column are adjustable (the latter for both reach and rake).
One key feature of the car is a pair of novel, multi-functional sideplates, one on either side of the body, which add greatly to Super 3’s versatility. They play a vital role in directing cooling air into the twin radiators (one either side of the engine), their space-saving shape allows the Super 3 an excellent turning circle and they provide perfect mounting space for the model’s “limitless” selection of side-mounted panniers, racks and luggage carriers.
Versatility is an constant theme: Super 3 bristles with snap-fasteners that allow the fitting of toolboxes, cameras, mirrors, satnavs, wind deflectors and screens. Morgan plans to offer around 200 pieces of optional equipment and encourage approved outside suppliers to fo the same.