Deciding between a motorcycle and a car is extremely difficult for some auto-lovers. Of course, one way to make up your mind is to weigh the pros and cons of both options, and consider practical things like fuel economy and safety features. And although this method may ultimately help you make a selection, there’ll probably always be a feeling of uncertainty lingering at the back of your mind.
Not to worry, the American motor vehicle manufacturer, Polaris, has developed what appears to be a solution to the two-or-four wheel debate: three wheels. Introducing the all-new 2015 Polaris Slingshot – continue reading to find out everything you need to know about it!
What Is It?
The Polaris is a cross between a motorcycle and a car – it has three wheels, two side-by-side adjustable bucket seats, and is even equipped with spacious storage bins! The vehicle is almost fully exposed save for a short windshield (that’s only available in the SL model), and it has no doors. So if you’re a Canadian looking for an “all-season” motor vehicle, you might want to look elsewhere – unless you don’t mind having the added task of removing snow from inside your vehicle! Of course, just keeping Polaris as a summer toy might also be tempting…
What’s Under The Hood?
The Slingshot features a 2.4-litre EcoTec four-cylinder engine, with a 5-speed manual transmission. It is extremely lightweight (approximately 1700 lbs) due to its strong steel frame, and aluminium swingarm. It shouldn’t surprise anyone enrolled in a mechanic college that this vehicle’s lightweight build makes for a very speedy drive. Its engine actually produces a whopping 173 horsepower and 166 lb.-ft of torque!
So if you’re looking for a vehicle that’s small, powerful, fast, and bares a sleek futuristic look, graduates of auto sales college would no doubt recommend this three-wheeler. When compared to other vehicles in a similar category – like the Campagna T-Rex for example – the Slingshot is actually reasonably priced too.
Features & Pricing
The Polaris Slingshot is offered in two models, a base model and the Slingshot SL. Both options come equipped with an array of standard features including; 5-speed transmission, headlight and taillights, stability control, electronic power-assisted steering, etc.
The base model costs approximately $20, 000 USD. It’s available in titanium metallic paint and has 17-inch front wheels and 18-inch rear ones. The SL model is a little pricier at $24, 000 USD, although someone pursuing sales as an auto career would likely suggest that spending the extra money is worth it because you’ll get many more features. These include a sporty “Slingshot Red Pearl” paint job, a windshield, 18-inch forged-aluminium front wheels, and 20-inch rear ones. The Slingshot SL also comes with a media console, so if you’re into technology you’ll appreciate the LCD screen, backup camera, six speaker audio system and Bluetooth integration.
Would you seriously consider purchasing a Polaris Slingshot as your next motorized vehicle? Tell us why or why not in the comments.