Polaris is taking their talents back to the open road. You probably recognize the company name from its extensive array of ATVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles.
Their latest creation is part car, part motorcycle.
Meet the Slingshot
The Slingshot is a three-wheeled street machine that gives the excitement of a motorcycle with the comfort of sitting in a car seat. It’s wrapped in angular body panels that look like something out of a sci-fi show. What kind of power are we talking? A 2.4 liter, four-cylinder engine pushes 173hp to the rear wheel.
While it may look like a car, a motorcycle license will be needed to drive the Slingshot. It doesn’t meet crash test standards or have air bags like cars do. That means helmets are a must. But, it does have some of the features of a car including antilock brakes and even a glove box.
Want to pimp your ride a bit? The SL version adds a windscreen, entertainment system and a backup camera. That’ll set you back $23,999. The base version comes in at $19,999.
Neither version comes with a top, so you’ll want nice weather if you plan on cruising around.
With Polaris’ introduction of the Slingshot, the three-wheel category is getting competitive. CanAm Spyders have been near the top, but the Slingshot is priced as much as $10,000 less than the Spyder. Plus, Polaris execs are quick to point out a major difference. The Slingshot lets the driver and passenger sit beside each other, while traditional tricycles seat the passenger behind the driver.
Polaris’ Slingshot looks awesome. Is it 20 grand worth of awesome? Polaris hopes so. The Slingshot hits dealer showrooms in September.