Take one look at the Polaris Slingshot and you’re bound to say, “What the heck is that?” We wouldn’t blame you, considering it’s not every day that you see a three-wheeled half-car, half-motorcycle thing rolling down the road. It definitely looks weird, but could you technically drive on every day?
The Polaris Slingshot is technically an autocycle
Think what you will of its standout looks and three-wheeled design, but Polaris is out to make people take the Slingshot seriously. According to Car and Driver, the company technically markets it as an “autocycle,” which is fitting, considering it has two seats, a steering wheel, two wheels up front, and one outback.
Speaking of the interior, Car and Driver did mention that the open-air cabin is very “car-like” in that it has a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a keyless ignition, a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and Apple Carplay compatibility, in addition to a loud Rockford Fosgate stereo system. To top things off, the interior is water-proof and there are a few storage spaces and cubby holes to keep your stuff in, making it a little more livable.
The Slingshot is powered by a high-revving 2.0-liter engine
As for the engine compartment, the Polaris Slingshot is now powered by a company-built 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts out either 178 hp and 120 lb-ft of torque, for the base model, or 203 hp and 144 lb-ft of torque, for the higher trim levels. Both engines rev to over 8,000 rpm and the power is routed through either a five-speed manual or single-clutch automatic transmission.
According to Car and Driver’s testing, the Slingshot can go from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds and make its way down a quarter-mile in 14 to 15 seconds. Not exactly as quick as the average sportbike, but it’s pretty good considering the Slingshot weighs 1,650 pounds.
What it’s like to drive every day?
I’m not a huge fan of motorcycles, but I would be pretty interested in driving a Polaris Slingshot to see what it’s like. According to David Patterson, also known as That Dude in Blue, the Slingshot’s ride is “very smooth,” and it’s not until you get to 70 mph on the freeway that the wind “knocks you around.”
As far as driving it around, Patterson noted that “as long as you drive it with proper driving techniques, like braking in a straight line, don’t brake mid-corner, and apply power exiting the corner, you’re pretty much good.” That makes sense, considering the Slingshot still has motorcycle driving characteristics despite its giant 305-width rear tire and two front tires.
Patterson also noted that getting in and out of the Slingshot requires some mild acrobatics and while driving it, other people will surely take notice. At one point, he even drove it through a drive-thru and received all kinds of compliments.
How much does a Polaris Slingshot cost?
The Polaris Slingshot comes in four different trims (S, SL, R, and R Limited Edition) and has a starting price of $19,999. Stepping up to the SL will cost you an extra $5,000, the R costs another $6,000 on top of that, the Limited Edition model costs $32,799.
Is it worth that price? Sure, if you like cars and motorcycles and want the best of both worlds. And why not? From what I can tell, you can easily drive this thing every day. You just might not be as comfortable as you would be in a comparably priced car, but what the Slingshot lacks in comfort, I’m sure it makes up for in driving fun.