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...
The wait is almost over guys and gals! We only have one week left before the July 27th release of the Polaris Slingshot! The last video just went live about 10 minutes ago and it offers the best view of the Slingshot that we have had yet!
We get a really good look at the front end of this thing with the photos above, and it looks straight wicked! It looks like we are going to see a quartet of running lights up front. Two in the center and then a pair of lights on the wings of this stingray shaped road ripper. The two that are front and center are placed in such a way that we are led to believe that this thing is having to meet some guidelines that get it through the DOT. Motorcycle classification?
Another peek at those rears that are straight out of TRON.
We get a true sense of how low this thing really sits with these photos. Couple that with that AGGRESSIVE front end, and I think that this thing is going to have some impressive street presence.
Polaris is killing me with these videos! I hate being teased with something that I have been waiting for months and months and months... Ugh!
With the image just above, we can see the body lines in the hood, and boy oh boy, this thing looks aggressive! Some of the initial drawings looked like what a 10 year old boy would have scratched into his book cover while he was sitting, bored, in school. I wondered if those exotic lines would hit the final production model, or be diluted like so many cars and trucks are in their journey from designer's drafting table, to the production line. Polaris delivers with some hood lines that are impressive to say the least.
The front wheel arches look like a set of wings out there that flank you while you "surf that pavement." Those lines plummet towards a center line that carries from front to back that makes it almost look like a jazz riff on a rally stripe. You have angular lines all over the place! Looks like something out of TRON!
If you take a peek into what we can see in the dash, it is preeeeettttyyyy BASIC. The center console is devoid of any sort of electronics, and houses what looks like a map pocket, or a little cubby-like cavity for your gloves. BUUUUT! I will say this... In the other teaser images like the one that we showed you a few weeks ago, there is a little more going on in the red model.
Is it possible that the gray model is a test mule that they used to get these testimonials, or is it possible that they will come to market with a couple of different trim levels!? In their UTV offering, they offer a few different trim levels! The red Slingshot looks like the entire center console is different. Will we have the option for some...