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There is NO question the handling of my 2016 1/2 Slingshot SL (Turbo Gray) is in a completely different class than the Spyder. I'm 6'3" and close to 300 lbs in gear, and my wife is maybe 155. Riding two-up on the 2012 Spyder it didn't take much aggression at all to get the suspension slammed over to the stops in a corner, even with the preload set all the way "hard". It was scary in fact, and the main reason we took a loss selling the Spyder and went back to a Goldwing. Now jump forward a few years and the Slingshot "slings" around corners like nobody's business - more like an adult-sized go-kart than anything else I could compare it to.
Is the Slingshot "perfect"? Well, in a universe where my opinions were all that mattered, no. Staying with the suspension for a moment, there is virtually no "float" - the flip side of that flat-cornering capability. It's also difficult for me, at least to track an uncorrected line around a long corner, or a pin-straight line on a long straight. Oh well... The darn thing is so much fun that Mr. Murray and I agree - "It just doesn't matter".
Now we come to control. My primary gripe is the way the SS engine RPM "hangs", or rather falls off slowly between shifts. Smaller annoyances are the "dip" in the idle when coming to a stop, the stiff throttle pedal and the adequate, but lackluster brakes. I make no claims as to driving ability, but after nearly 40 years of experience driving/riding performance vehicles I prefer not having too much help from the blasted computer. Compared to the Spyder? The annoyances are relatively minor.
The SS is 1750 or so pounds of undiluted fun. Who needs a mutated snowmobile that sits a foot higher and scares a poor veteran and his wife in the twisties?
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- Thread: Mtntech's Reverse Trike
Trailered my 3 year project to the DMV recently. Should have a VIN number in a few weeks. Working on body panels,windscreen, mirrors, and fenders now. Will be hitting the streets legally in a few weeks now!
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What bullshit that was....Pfff....I want my time back.
They found more fault in the Slingshot than it actually has, either through intent or ignorance. Everything from opening the hood (which the scrawny little twerp couldn't do by himself) to the brake feel. Three pumps until it starts to react. Yeah, whatever. Styling is subjective so I can't fault them there. Whatever, they don't like the look. Maybe they can convince the 100 people taking my picture every time I drive.
I wonder if the passenger would hear the (helmet wearing) driver talk to him, if they were in the Miata with the top down.
They also lost as much traction as they possibly could have on the drag race. I would do much better.
I've been waiting to do my own Miata/Slingshot real world shootout on the backroads. I can't wait to do it. At least mine would be fair. I love the Miata and I wouldn't purposefully dog it out the whole time like they did the Slingshot.Last edited: Jan 13, 2016
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I have to laugh every time I hear this comparison.
I know it seems like it should be a good fight: both 3 wheels, abs, traction control, power to weight. Mass production, etc.
But they are just too apples to oranges. The Slingshot is literally a car with 3 wheels. The Spyder is literally a Motorcycle with 3 wheels.
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Hopefully Polaris is listening and will address some of the issues it does have.
The best description I have of the SS is that it is a modern day hot rod. Sure you can pit a "new" 32 Ford rod against a Miata and the Miata will win. The Miata will spank it on the street, have a much better convertible top, better ergonomics, better ride, better feel, better sound isolation, more reliable, more comfortable, etc. etc.
But that isn't the point of the hot rod. That isn't the point of the SS. They are designed to put a smile on your face and the public's face 100% of the time. I'll admit I smiled a couple times when I was forced to rent a Miata in Nebraska once. It was fun to throw the back end around and it handled very well. But while sitting in traffic - I might as well been in a minivan. While on the interstate I might as well have been driving a Taurus.
In the SS, as with the hot rod, I have a smile on my face when I just sit in it - when I am parking it at the grocery store - when I pump gas into it - when cruising down the interstate at 70 mph - when looking back at it when I am going in to the office - while waiting for the 800 drivers in front of me to rubberneck the accident a mile up the road.
How much is that worth? People pay big money for hot rods, so I would say: Big Money, baby. Big Money.
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A small example of what could be and isn't... and of how difficult it is to go from a sketch on a cocktail napkin to production in volume #'s and keep it to a reasonable price.
Say what you want about Polaris but they DID IT! No denying it.
In spite of all the carping they do ROCK!
No constant unrealistic promises like Elio, no huge price four times what the materials and production costs like a few others we know about...just a machine that you can buy and enjoy today. There is a lot to be said for that.
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My gt500 would eat slingshots for breakfast but it was like every other over sized plumped up no road feel car made today.I rented a slingshot in Maggie valley (thanks Paul) it was like more than I had imagined(I bought one over the phone before we got back home) I may be getting old but the fun road feel light nimble slingshot is so much more fun than drag racing.
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Not meaning to offend anyone except the author, but the Miata has always been known as an effeminate car, while the Slingshot certainly is not. The Miata has all the power "he" can handle, plus a rear bumper for "his" rainbow flag sticker. Maybe his next comparison will be between a hair dryer and a hammer.
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- Thread: Anyone see one of these ?
Looks like an intersection with a traffic light?
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