New in the Polaris 2015 product line up is the Slingshot; a 3-wheeled car/motorcycle hybrid. This is the first of its kind for Polaris and we had the privilege to take one for a test drive. Settling into the cockpit of the Slingshot, it feels just like a car. It features comfortable side by side bucket seating similar to a small convertible sports car and includes many safety options to ensure a safe ride. It features a steel frame that wraps behind you with forged aluminum roll hoops and three point seat belts for driver and passenger. Driver aids include electronic stability control, traction control (which can be turned off) and ABS which are standard on all Slingshot trim levels. The completely weatherproof interior includes a traditional tilt steering wheel, stick shift, stereo with 4.3 inch LCD screen that provides ample viewing for the backup camera and cruise control. Our Slingshot in the SL trim also featured a windscreen.
Under the hood, the Slingshot is powered by a General Motors Ecotec 2.4-liter four cylinder engine producing 173 horsepower and 166 ft-lbs of torque that is backed up by a 5-speed synchromesh transmission with reverse. It measures 149.6 inches long, 77.2 inches wide and has a curb weight around 1,700 lbs. It has 17×7 wheels in the front, a rear tire size of 18×9.5 and is paired with vented disc brakes all around. The chassis is set up like a reverse trike; two wheels in the front and one in back. It has the dimensions of a small sports car, only it’s missing one of the wheels.
Now, it’s the drive that makes the Slingshot really shine. We can honestly say that it drives as good as it looks! You can’t tell you’re riding in a three wheeled machine. The Slingshot has the acceleration of a sport bike with the stability of a sports car. Thanks to the sport-tuned suspension which includes a double wishbone coil over, gas filled shocks, and a cast aluminum sway bar around back, it hugs the road and corners with stealthiness and ease. It was definitely built for one purpose, and that’s to be astoundingly fun. With all that said, I just want to remind everyone that you do need a motorcycle license and a helmet to operate. Also, dress accordingly. There are three trim levels offered for this motorcycle, Slingshot $21,199, Slingshot SL $25,199 (as tested), and the Slingshot SL LE $26,199.
Power > 173HP
Engine > 2.4l
Gear Box > 5-Speed
0-60 > 5.5 Sec
I want to thank the awesome crew over at Sports Unlimited Polaris/Yamaha/Victory in Utica, NY for letting us review this ride. If you have any inquiries about the Polaris Slingshot, ATVs or other motorcycles they carry please go visit their beautiful showroom.
Story By: Mike Potaczala
Photos By: Chris Penree