I recently read the road test of the Morgan 3 Wheeler at Autocar.co.uk: mad as a sack of frogs, but strangely irresistable in an Uma Thurman-ish kind of way. However, I noticed that the review stated that the car has "...a leisurely 80hp" and a 0-60 time of 8 seconds, which, to put it mildly, seems to be at odds with other sources. Now look, I don't want to get all OCD about this, but Morgan's website, for example, indicates an estimated 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds with the 80hp engine (I can't find any mention of a 115hp version); and www.EVO.co.uk's June 2011 article is subtitled "We're first behind the wheel of Morgan's retro 3 Wheeler, complete with V-Twin engine and 115bhp."
To add to my befuddlement, I have just noticed that, in her video review of the 3 Wheeler, Vicky Parrott says the car has 115hp, but judging by the registration number it's the same car that was road tested.
Blimey, I'm getting a headache... So can anyone put me out of my misery? Are there two engine tune options, 80 and 115hp? Is Morgan's website being hopelessly optimistic about the "estimated" sprint performance of the 80hp unit? Did EVO just happen to get hold of a more powerful version that hasn't in the end made it to market? Was the car that Autocar tested somehow compromised, or, with only one-wheel drive, dramatically affected by the damp, cool test conditions (although I couldn't spot any testers' observations to this effect)? Or (and this may be the most likely explanation) have I simply missed something?...
P.S. I e-mailed Autocar about this two weeks ago, but haven't had any response yet.