I just spent a few days driving the Polaris Slingshot, a three-wheeled, road-legal power-toy that sits somewhere between sports-car and motorcycle.
It looks like it was designed by a 10-year old gearhead, makes great noises, and turns heads like a machine that costs five times as much. A total hoot to drive, and as close as you’ll get to your very own open-wheeled race-car for the money, by a landslide. If you’re the guy or gal who wants the latest unique motorsports toy, or a unique alternative to the open-air feel of driving a motorbike, Slingshot was designed just for you.
Full video review is coming soon, and for now, here’s a look at the specs, a video featuring a few details you may be wondering about if you’re considering one, and a photo gallery.
Polaris Slingshot: Official Website
Polaris Slingshot: Good to Know
Entry and Exit: A little snug and very sports-car like. No issue if you’re of average size, or a former / current owner of a compact sports car model.
Adjustability: Tilt steering and reclining / sliding seats help drivers devise an ideal driving position– though seat slide range is fairly limited.
Visibility: Forward and side visibility is largely unobstructed, but be careful with your mirrors. Rearward visibility is minimal, and the backup camera can’t be seen in direct sunlight.
Interior Trim: All surfaces are heavy duty, weatherproof, and waterproof. Seats are more comfortable than they look, but don’t breathe enough to prevent excessive back-sweat when it’s hot out.
Ride Quality: Think hardcore sports car. Slingshot rides like a Porsche 911 GT3 or a Corvette Z06. Handling and steering response are the benefits.
Storage: Two weatherproof bins are located behind the seats, each large enough for some water bottles, a helmet, or a gym-bag. There’s a nicely-sized glovebox with power outlets too. Two proper cupholders sit in the centre console.
Clutch / Shifter: Amazing! Light action, short and smooth throw, and a clutch that’s got plenty of positive bite without being a pain in the ass in stop-and-go traffic.
Lighting: By car stadnards, the Slingshot halogen projectors are adequate, and little more. If you’ll be out frequently after dark a lot, budget for some accessory lighting add-ons.
Polaris Slingshot: At a Glance
Engine: 2.4 litre GM ECOTEC 4-cylinder, 173 horsepower
Weight: ~1,700 lbs.
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
Driveline: Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Features: Bluetooth, stereo, cruise control, backup camera, push-button ignition