Polaris Slingshot Hits The Road

Discussion in 'Trucks and Motorcycles' started by V8stangman, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. #1 V8stangman, Jul 30, 2014
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    Polaris Slingshot Hits The Road On All Three Wheels

    If there's one thing that the likes of Morgan and Campagna have taught us, it's that a three-wheeled roadster can be one heck of a fun ride, bringing together the best elements of a motorbike and a sports car (albeit with none of the practicality). And now they've got a new challenger on their hands in the form of the Slingshot.

    The Polaris Slingshot has been on our radar screen for a few months, but has now been revealed in full. It's similar in form to the Three-Wheeler or T-Rex, but looks more like a KTM X-Bow minus a rear wheel. Which may make sense considering that, like the X-Bow, the Slingshot is made by a motorcycle company: Polaris makes snowmobiles and ATVs (as well as Victory and Indian motorcycles). The company is sort of like Bombardier, but where BRP's Can-Am Spyder (with its saddle and handlebars) went with a motorbike approach with an extra wheel, the Polaris Slingshot (though technically deemed a motorcycle for certification purposes) is more like a roadster missing one.

    The 2.4-liter GM Ecotec four sits up front, channeling 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque through a five-speed manual transmission and carbon-reinforced drive belt to the solitary rear wheels. In true motorbike-manufacturer style (where pace depends mostly on the rider), Polaris hasn't revealed performance specs. But in a package weighing just 1,700 pounds (771 kilograms), it ought to go like spit. Measuring less than 150 inches (380 centimeters) tall by 77.6 inches (197 centimeters) wide and 51.9 inches (132 cm) tall, and riding on a 105-inch (267-centimeter) wheelbase with a 69-inch (175-centimeter) front track and sitting just 5 inches off the ground, it ought to feel even faster, especially considering that it's got no roof and barely any windshield to speak of. With 11.8-inch (300 mm) vented disc brakes at each of its three corners, it ought to stop on a dime as well.

    Pricing starts at $19,999 for the base model and $23,999 for the better-equipped Slingshot SL. It comes with a two-year unlimited-mileage warranty extendable up to five years and will be sold by Polaris, Victory and Indian dealers across the country, although the specific laws of its registration (and whether you'll have to wear a helmet when driving it) depend on each state's individual regulations.

  2. I have a test drive booked. Just waiting on dry roads.
  3. The only one of these sorts of things that I've ever liked the look of is the Grinnall Scorpion 3

    Not very fast, but IMO looks so so much better.

    For all intents and purposes these things are about wanting people to look at you whilst you pose in an unusual car, so you may as well buy something good looking

    EDIT: They're faster than I thought. They used to have ~100hp BMW Motorcycle boxer-twins but you can get them now with the 185hp BMW K1300R motor - under 900lbs dry is pretty amazing, too.
  4. ugh I really want a Scorpion now. Lol

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