For those of you who crave the experience of a super-sport motorcycle, but don’t want to face up the consequences and risks of riding one, Polaris is bringing you Slingshot – a vehicle that demands big balls and a steady right foot. This reversed trike looks really mean, ready to chew up roads, begging you to floor it and scare the women and children on the sidewalk. In a nutshell, this vehicle wants to be some kind of bridge between a conventional car and a motorcycle because it has more than 2 wheels, but you still need a helmet and motorcycle driving licence. The Slingshot is a combination between a KTM X-Bow and a Can-Am Spyder, having three wheels (two in front and one in the back), two normal car seats and conventional seatbelts.
[adsense300gray]”A three-wheeled vehicle offers an experience that’s just like a motorcycle — the open air and the wind in your face- but the three-wheel stance adds an extra level of stability” said Polaris’ director of Slingshot, Chris Doucet.
Hidden under the plastic skin is a tubular steel frame that provides low body roll. Between the two 225 mm front wheels is the engine, a 2.4 liter displacement with 175 hp and 225 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheel via a manual 5 speed gearbox and a reinforced carbon fiber drive belt. And because a vehicle with one wheel drive is not really for everyone, Polaris offers as standard ABS, ESC and traction control (and a lot of spare tires we hope, because this baby can drift). For now, the people at Polaris did not publish maximum speed and acceleration numbers, but with a weight of only 790 kg we are guessing it’s not slow. It has an awful lot of power, it makes an awful lot of noise, and it goes really quickly if you know what you’re doing.