Polaris Slingshot Gets Test Driven

 |  November 17, 2014

by Paul Strauss

While the Polaris Slingshot doesn’t officially qualify as a car, this three-wheeled, two-seater motorcycle with a steering wheel certainly looks like a car from the front. Matt Farah from The Smoking Tire recently had the privilege of taking one of these minimal vehicles out for a spin, and has shared his experiences.

To refresh your memory, the base Slingshot weighs in at just 1700 pounds with all fluids on board, and is powered by a 173 horsepower, 2.4-liter GM Ecotec engine. Part of how it keeps so svelte, of course, is that it has no roof, doors or windows – but at least it has a windshield. Since it is officially classified as a motorcycle, the Slingshot requires both driver and passenger to wear helmets. It also requires that automotive journalists have their commentary subtitled.

While the vehicle does have some limitations – especially when it comes to braking and its steering – it sure looks like a whole lot of fun for something that costs less than $20,000(USD).

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