Polaris, well-known maker of motorcycles, ATVs and snowmobiles, is getting very close to hopping into a whole new market with its Slingshot, a new three-wheeled roadster. The company just released its first teaser video to promote the still mysterious new sports trike ahead of its full July 27 unveiling.
The teaser video below gives some blink-and-you'll-miss-it views of the vehicle, but it appears to match up fairly closely to the patent images we saw last year and these later 3D renderings. From what we can tell, the Slingshot uses two wheels in the front and one in the rear – meaning it will be classified as a motorcycle in the vast majority of states and locales – with seats for two passengers side-by-side. There's no indication of a top or doors. Occupants just step in, sit down and go. In some ways, it's similar in concept to other sport trikes like the Morgan Three-Wheeler, Can-Am Spyder or Campagna T-Rex.
No mechanical details have been officially confirmed yet. However, earlier rumors suggested that the Slingshot would use a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine from General Motors tuned to around 200 horsepower with a manual transmission driving a belt to power the rear wheel. It was also indicated to have modern features like electric power steering, anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control. That could make it quite a fun little canyon-carving toy if the price is right and the weight is low.
With so many questions still unanswered, it's a good thing this isn't the last chance to see the Slingshot ahead of its debut. Polaris has a teaser website promoting more videos on July 7, July 14 and July 21. Hopefully, the next one provides a few more hard details about the sporty new trike. Scroll down to watch the teaser.