It seems as though recreational vehicle maker Polaris is taking steps toward the production of quite an interesting, three-wheeled vehicle. Documents filed with the US Patent Office have revealed schematics for a Polaris "reverse trike" – that's two wheels in front and one in back – with seating for a driver and a passenger. According to the logo dug up by The Kneeslider, this buddy bike might eventually be called the Polaris Slingshot.

When the patent plans are broken down, it appears as though Polaris may have a legitimately scary competitor for other players in this recreational niche, including the Campagnia T-Rex, Can-Am Spyder (which is admittedly not a side-by-side) and the Morgan 3 Wheeler.

The Slingshot plans call out a longitudinally oriented, 2.4-liter General Motors-sourced powerplant with a manual transmision, though we're told both hybrid and fully electric power could work as well. The single rear wheel will be the driven one, powered via a belt drive rather than a shaft. Steering is by way of a wheel, rather than handlebars.

The Kneeslider doesn't have any information regarding the timing, or even absolute production intent, for the Slingshot, but seems to believe that Polaris is more likely than not to carry the project forward from here. Our fingers are crossed.


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      Mike F.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd much rather have a Morgan 3 Wheeler, but this will probably be far less expensive and probably have better performance.
      Bamboo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would jump on this if they keep the price reasonable, like 15k or so. I love the concept of the T-Rex but as soon as I see the price I roll my eyes and move on. I would use this as almost a daily driver.
      MHayes
      • 1 Year Ago
      A new market for small tracksters named after non-firearm hand-held weapons, i.e. X-bow and now slingshot.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think it's a pretty cool idea. I'd be interested in seeing a closed-cabin version (maybe with removable cloth top) with a heater for all-season use. That said, I imagine this would handle ice and snow quite poorly. In the US, it's still a struggle between recreational vehicles (ie most motorcycles) and cars -- most people still don't use a motorcycle/trike as full-time transportation.
      rockys18
      • 1 Year Ago
      The funny thing is it would look so much better as a four wheeler and I'd actually buy it. It's cool looking but it needs four wheels to be a best seller.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rockys18
        In the US, it wouldn't meet crash standards that are required of 4-wheel road vehicles.
        rmt_1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rockys18
        If it had 4 Wheels, it would legally be a car and either have to pass all government standards or be off-road only like other vehicles Polaris makes. With only 3 wheels, it's legally a motorcycle and doesn't have to be crash tested so it can be road legal.
      Matt Brown
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wouldn't call it a competitor for the Campagnia T-Rex unless Polaris plans to let a 7 year old do the engineering.
      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't wait to see these things running around with LS conversions in them!
      d.hollywood
      • 1 Year Ago
      I get what they're trying to do here. I just wonder if it comes too close to the "car experience". Just add a roof...trunk...airbags...and call it a day.
      RobbieAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks cool, but I wonder if they can keep the price down enough to make it viable. Can-Ams, Goldwings, and big Harleys are well into the 20's so at a certain point, you might as well buy a Miata.
      imoore
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really do believe that Polaris is making a serious run for the on-road passenger vehicle market, and this is just the first step
      cq_
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully we will see this into production! I was pretty upset the VW GX3 was canned... 15k sounds about right - would be a "fun" car :)
      George Krpan
      • 1 Year Ago
      KTM X-Bow for the masses. Road going snowmobile. Polaris knows how to make those. It's a good move for them. Show be fast and thrifty on gas. 2.4 seems like overkill but I suppose they know better than I. I don't expect them to cost much more than a hot snowmobile. I think it is more practical than a motorcycle.
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