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Polaris Slingshot revealed, lightweight three-wheeler

July 29, 2014

Lightweight sports car fans will remember Polaris is working on a new Slingshot three-wheeler. Well actually, we should say was working on it, because now it’s all finished and ready to drive.

2015 Polaris Slingshot

The Polaris Slingshot is Polaris’s answer to vehicles like the KTM X-Bow and Morgan 3 Wheeler. It features a single rear wheel, which is also the driving wheel, and a set of distinct body panels with proper headlights and a small windscreen.

Power comes from a GM-derived 2.4-litre EcoTec four-cylinder engine producing 129kW at 6200rpm, and 225Nm at 4700rpm. Twist is sent through a five-speed manual transmission and into a rear-drive system via a carbon-reinforced drive belt.

2015 Polaris Slingshot-rear

Just taking a look at that peak torque figure you’ll see this is an energetic, high-revving vehicle meant for swift drives in the countryside or hitting laps at a track.

Polaris hasn’t mentioned 0-100km/h times, however, with a kerb weight of just 771kg, it does have the power-to-weight ratio of a sub-5.0-second serious sports car.

Highlights include a 20-inch rear wheel with 18-inch front wheels, LED taillights, roll-over bars, a reverse-hinge bonnet, waterproof seats, forged aluminium suspension components, and even a 4.3-inch touch-screen interface for the occupants inside with a reversing camera.

Polaris is launching the new model from US$19,990 in the US. It’s unclear if it will be made in right-hand drive and for the Australian market.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.