If there's one thing that the likes of Morgan and Campagna have taught us, it's that a three-wheeled roadster can be one heck of a fun ride, bringing together the best elements of a motorbike and a sports car (albeit with none of the practicality). And now they've got a new challenger on their hands in the form of the Slingshot.

The Polaris Slingshot has been on our radar screen for a few months, but has now been revealed in full. It's similar in form to the Three-Wheeler or T-Rex, but looks more like a KTM X-Bow minus a rear wheel. Which may make sense considering that, like the X-Bow, the Slingshot is made by a motorcycle company: Polaris makes snowmobiles and ATVs (as well as Victory and Indian motorcycles). The company is sort of like Bombardier, but where BRP's Can-Am Spyder (with its saddle and handlebars) went with a motorbike approach with an extra wheel, the Polaris Slingshot (though technically deemed a motorcycle for certification purposes) is more like a roadster missing one.

The 2.4-liter GM Ecotec four sits up front, channeling 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque through a five-speed manual transmission and carbon-reinforced drive belt to the solitary rear wheels. In true motorbike-manufacturer style (where pace depends mostly on the rider), Polaris hasn't revealed performance specs. But in a package weighing just 1,700 pounds, it ought to go like spit. Measuring less than 150 inches tall by 77.6 inches wide and 51.9 inches tall, and riding on a 105-inch wheelbase with a 69-inch front track and sitting just 5 inches off the ground, it ought to feel even faster, especially considering that it's got no roof and barely any windshield to speak of. With 11.8-inch vented disc brakes at each of its three corners, it ought to stop on a dime as well.

Pricing starts at $19,999 for the base model and $23,999 for the better-equipped Slingshot SL. It comes with a two-year unlimited-mileage warranty extendable up to five years and will be sold by Polaris, Victory and Indian dealers across the country, although the specific laws of its registration (and whether you'll have to wear a helmet when driving it) depend on each state's individual regulations. Check it out on the Polaris website and in the playlist of eleven short video clips below.


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      Feurig
      • 4 Months Ago
      Now THIS is podracing.
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 4 Months Ago
      They couldn't have picked something better than a god awful ecotec engine?
      Thunderbuck
      • 4 Months Ago
      I think I'm the prime demographic for this car... uh, bike... uh, TRIKE-thingie. I just traded my Forte Koup SX for an F-150 (because truck), but I actually feel guilty using something that big for my daily driver. I'd have a blast driving this thing in the summer, and I'd still have my truck for when I needed it. $20k is not outrageously bad for this.
      gary
      • 4 Months Ago
      That price seems very reasonable, well under the base price of a miata which this thing ought to eat alive performance-wise (at the obvious expense of refinement). The GM 2.4 isn't exactly a gem of a motor, but it will do nicely in a package this light. Suicidal adrenaline junkies ought to find the 2.0L turbo ecotec a fairly easy swap.
        white_blur47
        • 4 Months Ago
        @gary
        Considering the aforementioned Morgan and Campagna cost around $55k, this thing is a bargain.
      RobG
      • 4 Months Ago
      Neat idea, but honestly it does nothing for me. I'll stick to my bikes. I do like it better than the Can Am Spyder; I see that thing as a poser motorcycle. I could see this thing being fun at an autocross though. But again, for $25k I can buy a couple of real nice bikes. I have no doubt it'll sell well though.
        Nathan
        • 4 Months Ago
        @RobG
        Couple of nice bikes for $20k? With traction control and ABS? 100+ HP? You sure? You could get, at best, 1.5 bikes with similar accouterments for the price of this, which ya know, makes perfect sense and doesn't seem overpriced at all. Some people like the open air experience without the full death's door terror that is necessary on a bike.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 4 Months Ago
        @RobG
        Starts at 20k...
        Read Tull
        • 4 Months Ago
        @RobG
        Unfortunately 3 wheeled vehicles are not legal for most AX according to the rulebook.
      waetherman
      • 4 Months Ago
      I love it - the X-Bow's little brother that can provide nearly as much fun on the road for 1/4 the price.And best of all, it'll ride freely in the HOV lanes!
      KeiCarLvr
      • 4 Months Ago
      JUST $20k for the base model? Hmm....may have to adjust my next new car plans. This looks to be fun.
      RevenantDC5
      • 4 Months Ago
      I could get over those looks if that had read "Honda K20" rather than "GM EcoTec".
        oZ
        • 4 Months Ago
        @RevenantDC5
        Sure, if you want costs to skyrocket for little benefit, why not.
      Losferatu
      • 4 Months Ago
      Love it, but the engine choice is a little disappointing. GM's 2.4 is competent enough but hardly memorable in any way. Fiat's 1.4 turbo from the Abarth would have been a much better choice, especially with the rorty Abarth exhaust in an open car. It would have really bridged the car and motorcycle experiences.
        gary
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Losferatu
        While I don't disagree that an Abarth motor would have been an more interesting choice, I wonder would it work in a longitudinal configuration like this? If so, with what transmission and at what cost? This seems to be the base engine/transmission combo from the defunct Saturn Sky/Pontiac Solstice roadsters. My guess is GM is selling them to Polaris at a song, contributing to the surprisingly low MSRP.
          Rick Hein
          • 4 Months Ago
          @gary
          The Ford 1.6 liter ecoboost would have been a better choice imho. Tune it to Fiesta ST trim and it's almost 200 hp. Probably lighter than the 2.4 also.
          Stuka87
          • 4 Months Ago
          @gary
          I agree with the Fiesta engine idea. Its a far better power plant than the 2.4L ecotec. And there is a longitudinal mount version.
      chrismcfreely
      • 4 Months Ago
      This is what the crz should have been.
        S.
        • 4 Months Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        A no-compromises sunny weather toy? Really?
      mitytitywhitey
      • 4 Months Ago
      "Measuring less than 150 inches tall by 77.6 inches wide and 51.9 inches tall, and riding on a 105-inch wheelbase with a 69-inch front track and sitting just 5 inches off the ground" I think you meant 'long' somewhere in there
      hingle_mckringleberry
      • 4 Months Ago
      Embarrassingly over-styled.
        11fiveoh
        • 4 Months Ago
        @hingle_mckringleberry
        This is a toy. It's supposed to look bat shit crazy
        bleexeo
        • 4 Months Ago
        @hingle_mckringleberry
        What's up with these people who always first comment about the way a performance vehicle looks instead of how it is engineered and how it performs and drives? They just don't get it.
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