Gone Riding: Polaris Slingshot

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Hello from Los Angeles, where today I will be “riding” the Polaris Slingshot three-wheeled “motorcycle” (it says so right next to the driver’s seat). 

Polaris’s three-wheeled car-type thing is a bit of mystery when it comes to definitions and legal distinctions – though we are fond of the autocycle designation – but it competes with motorcycles on the dollars-for-grins category, so here we are.

Polaris has a fun route planned up the California coast line for us today, so we should have a good opportunity to see if you should empty out your garage full of bikes, and fit this Miata-sized three-wheeler into your stable.

Per our new review format, we will be giving you a live assessment of the 2018 Polaris Slingshot models right here in this article (down in the comments section), and there we will try to answer any questions you might have.

So, here is your chance to learn what it’s like to “ride” this interesting vehicle from Polaris, before even my own proper reviews are posted. As always, if I don’t know an answer, I will try to get a response from the Polaris personnel. So, pepper away.

You can follow our thoughts on the bike live via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Spec-Sheet Comparison of Relevant Models:

  Polaris Slingshot S Can-Am Spyder F3 Campagna T-Rex Mazda MX-5 Miata
Horsepower 173 hp 105 hp 160 hp 155 hp
Torque 166 lbs•ft 96 lbs•ft 129 lbs•ft 148 lbs•ft
Weight 1,749 lbs (Wet) 899 lbs (Dry) 1,157 lbs 2,332 lbs
Engine GM, 4 cyl., 2,400cc Rotax, 3 cyl., 1,330cc BMW, 6 cyl., 1,649cc Mazda, 4 cyl., 2,000cc
Price $19,999 $16,999 $57,999 $24,915

Photo: Polaris

Jensen Beeler

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