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Polaris Industries. When I say that name, I think of the good old days where my uncle used to run the snowmobile drags in Southern Colorado on his hopped up Polaris sled, or I think about the first time that I saw a RZR S and got to rip it down a tree-lined trail. Polaris, in my mind, has always been about speed and excitement. Every year they bring something to market that is assured to get your blood pumping. They do it by taking a product that you know and love, improving the suspension, shoehorning a bigger motor into it, or coaxing some more performance out of the existing motor. Sometimes we get front row seats to something that completely shifts the paradigm... That time is now, and that thing is the Polaris Slingshot!
This machine is something that has been in the pipeline at Polaris in some form or another for longer than I can even convey to you. Rumor has it that it has been in the back corner of the skunk works at Polaris for over a decade. The year 2015 will be a special year for all of us who have been watching the internet and listening for whispers of a new project on the keystrokes of the tireless internet detectives. The year 2015 will be the year that all of our hopes and fears for the Slingshot are going to be put to the test.
Will the Slingshot be a case of "Don't meet your heroes," or will it be a case where you meet your hero and he is so much better than you could have ever imagined? I had some lofty expectations walking into my first meeting with the Slingshot. I had read all of the rumblings from the internet, and had some second-hand stories filter across my desk. Statements like, "Oh man, I can't even tell you!," "You are going to freak out!," and "This thing is sooo good!" I took that all with a grain of salt and thought, "Okay, this thing might be good. I mean, look how good their RZR line is. Polaris knows what they are doing, but I could also see it going out with a wimper." I am always wary when...
The thought of a 3 wheeled vehicle takes me, like many of you, back to the late 80's when the 3 wheelers were putting the off road enthusiasts in the hospitals for a short stay while their bones were getting set and casted. Fast forward a few years, and the not-so-lux priced, Reliant Robin rolls into our collective consciousness, literally. Yet another leap through the years will bring us to the track day Morgan toys and the T-Rex that occupy the stables of those that live in a stratosphere of income that not many mortals live in.
Manufacturers have always equipped vehicles with an even number of wheels to achieve real and sustainable success. Two wheels allow the rider to experience a freedom that cannot be fully explained to anyone that has never rolled onto the throttle on a perfectly temperate evening with no other vehicle on the road in front or behind. Nothing but the roll on of power, two wheels, and blacktop between this rider and an ear to ear grin. Add another pair of wheels and you find yourself in a realm that has been pushed in every single possible niche of power, shine, high, fast, low, and slow. Drivers can find themselves on that same stretch of perfect tarmac and crack the windows to savor an experience that is comparable to that of the rider on two wheels, just they have the luxury of a seatbelt, steering wheel, three pedals and a gearbox at the command of their right hand. Six and eight wheels conger thoughts of utility or going places that most persons would not drive. An even number of wheels has been so successful for so long, so why buck the norm? Why not?!
Polaris has asked this exact question. How can they combine the freedom experienced by the rider swinging a leg over that motorcycle with the accessibility of the car? Polaris, being a company that has pushed the envelope...