What We (Think We) Know About the Polaris Slingshot
Certain forms of government could learn from Polaris Industries’ upcoming three-wheeler, the Slingshot. The final product remains quite a mystery, and no official bona-fide specs have been dug up about the trike – talk about high security. That hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning, and there seem to be a few safe bets about the new toy. Firstly, it’s a trike, as seen from the snapshot above. It features two seats, no doors, a tiny windshield, and a total of three wheels. Unlike the popular Can-Am Spyder three-wheeler, the Slingshot sits the driver down low in the cockpit amongst what appears to be a tubular space frame, similar to cars like the KTM X-Bow. That relation is only emphasized by the track-ready roll bars in place behind the seats and the aerodynamic bodywork. RELATED: Check out these patent photos of the 2015 Polaris Slingshot
Expect the Slingshot to be fast. How fast? Most estimates put top speed at around 130mph thanks in part to an expected light curb weight and an anticipated 2.4-liter GM Ecotec four-cylinder, chucking out between 200 and 250hp. Watch out for speeding trikes on your local motorway, the Slingshot is expected to be USA road-legal.
Judging by stills taken from the various Slingshot trailers, the Polaris employs a double-wishbone suspension up front (pictured above) and a belt-driven swing-arm setup out back. The gearbox remains a mystery, but judging by the photo below, you’ll be doing all the shifting manually.
VIDEO: Watch the teaser trailer for the upcoming Polaris Slingshot
The Polaris Slingshot debuts on July 27, and is pegged to go on sale as a 2016 model for around $30,000 (the Can-Am Spyder starts at around $15,000). Check out the trailers here to see if you can spot anything else.
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