Polaris Slingshot

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Polaris Slingshot
Polaris Slingshot front 3.4.18.jpg
Polaris Slingshot in Queens, New York, US
ManufacturerPolaris Industries
LayoutFR layout
Engine2.4 liter (2,384 cc) GM Ecotec I4
Transmission5-speed manual
Wheelbase105 in (2,667 mm)
Length149.6 in (3,800 mm)
Width77.6 in (1,971 mm)
Height51.9 in (1,320 mm)
Curb weight1,743 lb (791 kg)

The Polaris Slingshot is a three-wheeled motor vehicle.[1] It was introduced in 2014 as a 2015 model.


The Slingshot has a waterproof interior

The Slingshot is manufactured by Polaris Industries, which claims that "It's a three-wheeled motorcycle!" It has a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, side-by-side bucket seats,[2] and does not lean. It has no roof, doors, or side windows and the whole interior is waterproof so it can be hosed down and drained out using drain holes in the floor.[3] The standard Slingshot has two 17" front wheels and a singular 18" wheel in the rear of the vehicle, while the Slingshot SL and SL LE Edition have two 18" forged aluminum front wheels with a 20" rear wheel. All models have a double-wishbone front suspension with an anti-roll bar. An optional five-speed automatic transmission is set to become available by April 2018. A small windshield is an optional extra on the base model, and fitted as standard on the SL model.[1] There is also an optional fiberglass wind and sun cover which Polaris calls a "Slingshade" that features inset polycarbonate windows and snaps right to the Slingshot's tube frame, acting somewhat like a hardtop roof.[4] The steering wheel, gear stick, and brake, clutch, and throttle pedals have a conventional automobile layout.


Depending on which state the Slingshot is registered in, it will either be registered as a motorcycle, or as an autocycle. It's classified as an Autocycle in 41 states and Hawaii is the only state still legislating on vehicle classification.[5] Three-point seat belts are fitted; however, it has no airbags or crumple zone, and in certain jurisdictions the driver and passenger must wear motorcycle helmets.[6]


The Slingshot weighs 1,743 lb (791 kg) and is powered by a 2.4 liter inline four cylinder GM Ecotec.[7] engine. It produces 173 hp (129 kW) at 6200 rpm and 166 lb-ft (225 nm) of torque at 4700 rpm.[8] This engine was formerly used by GM in the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky sports cars.

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  1. ^ a b "Polaris Slingshot: First Drive". Autoblog. Retrieved 20 Jan 2015. "this is most certainly not a car, and it's also not a motorcycle by any stretch of the imagination"
  2. ^ The Polaris Slingshot Is Your Amazing New Three-Wheeled Track Machine
  3. ^ "2015 Polaris Slingshot Top Speed and Specs". Motorcycle Cruiser. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  4. ^ Fogelson, Jason. "2018 Polaris Slingshot SL Test Ride And Review: Exchanging Sneers For Grins". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  5. ^ License Requirements, Polaris.com
  6. ^ Brandt, Eric. "Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring LE Adds Luxury to the Three-Wheeler". The Drive. Retrieved 2018-04-18.
  7. ^ Stein, Jonathan L. (February 2, 2015). "Near-A-Car". Autoweek. 65 (3): 15–16. Retrieved February 5, 2015.
  8. ^ "2018 Polaris Slingshot SLR review: Three wheels to freedom!". Autoweek. Retrieved 2018-04-17.

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