Polaris announce three-wheel Slingshot

By Mathieu Day

The Polaris Slingshot is a unique three-wheeler with the performance to keep the track day warrior happy.
The Polaris Slingshot is a unique three-wheeler with the performance to keep the track day warrior happy.

Is it a car? Is it a motorcycle? Or is it a tricycle? We're not 100 per cent sure, but we can definitely say it's made by Polaris and it's called the Slingshot.

Polaris Industries, the same people behind the popular Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands are celebrating their 60th in style, by bringing to the world something a little different.

Taking some of the best aspects from both cars and motorcycles, Polaris sandwiched them together to create the Slingshot.

The three-wheeled Slingshot is a daring new machine, drawn from Polaris' high performance adrenalin stable that has produced machines that have successfully raced from the deserts of Dakar and the snowfields of the Rocky Mountains.

Boasting optimised weight distribution, sport-tuned double wishbone suspension, coilover gas filled shocks and sway bar, the Slingshot has been made to charge corners at top speeds.

The combination of an open cockpit and truly dynamic performance will make the Slingshot one of the most exhilarating driving experiences on the planet when it goes on sale next year.

"The Slingshot is a segment defining product and just another example of Polaris' constant innovation and product leadership," says Polaris Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Peter Alexander.

Powered by a 129kW GM 2.4-litre Ecotec with 225 Nm of torque, and sending power to the single rear wheel through a conventionally shifted gearbox and a carbon fibre drive belt, the Slingshot will be a blast to shoot through the twisties.

"The drive to create models and think outside the box means that models such as the Slingshot are created."

"We are interested to hear feedback from our consumers about our latest jaw dropping release as we believe there will be a high demand in our local markets for the Slingshot," says Alexander.

The Slingshot is set for release overseas early in 2015 but as yet it is unclear as to whether or not it will make it to the New Zealand market.

"We will work with regulators in regards to what it will take to bring the unique Slingshot to our marketplace," says Alexander.

We definetely hope it makes it

- NZ Herald

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