Many of the recent offerings from the powersports industry have blurred the line between what’s considered a car and what’s not, but that doesn’t mean they don’t give enjoyment to the rider. Polaris’ latest creation, the Slingshot, is certainly no exception to this.
While three-wheelers are popping up everywhere in the powerpsorts industry, the Polaris Slingshot is unique largely because of its two-front, one-back configuration, in notable contrast to offerings such as the Can-Am Spyder and KTM X-Bow. The Slingshot seems more reminiscent of a roadster than a motorbike, but that’s largely interpretation. Polaris designed the Slingshot to attract a certain type of buyer, maybe those equivocating between exactly what driving experience they want, or perhaps those who are looking for something totally unique in its own right. As a head of the Slingshot’s engineering opines,
“We designed Slingshot from the ground up for people with a passionate thirst for an adrenaline-filled driving experience. It’s the perfect vehicle for those days when you crave a drive in the open air with the asphalt screaming beneath you and the head turning exhilaration that comes from driving something so incredibly unique.”
A front-mounted 2.4 liter GM Ecotec four cylinder engine powers the Slingshot, providing 173 horsepower and 166 ft. lbs. of torque. A five speed manual transmission and carbon reinforced drive belt provide power to the rear wheel. The Slingshot has a 105 inch wheelbase and sits a mere 5 inches off the ground. With no roof and only a minimal windscreen, the Slingshot will sate the desires of all those who love the feeling of the open air while going fast. Weighing in at only 1,700 lbs, the Slingshot is sure to be a high performer, but Polaris hasn’t released any performance figures just yet.
The Slingshot is priced at $19,000, with an upgraded SL model commanding a price of $23,000. Coming with a two year warranty, the Slingshot will be sold across the country at Victory, Indian, and Polaris dealers. How it will be legally classed and what safety and other regulations will apply will depend upon the specific regulations of each state.