Home SCIENCE Half Superbike, Half Race Car,The ‘Polaris Slingshot’ Road Test

Half Superbike, Half Race Car,The ‘Polaris Slingshot’ Road Test

If it’s not quite a motorcycle and not quite a car, what exactly is the 3-wheeled Polaris Slingshot? KBB’s Micah Muzio has the answer.

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You drive it like a normal car, it propels itself forward like a motorcycle, and it just might be the most exciting new vehicle of the summer.Technically, the Slingshot is a motorcycle—kinda like an escalator is a staircase.

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It might seem like semantics, but it’s a big deal when it comes to the government, because legally it only has to comply with motorcycle regulations.

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That means they can forego a lot of heavy safety equipment, resulting in a curb weight of just over 1,700 pounds, or less than half of a new Corvette.


The 174 hp four cylinder engine up front is more than powerful enough, and the chassis is rigid enough to let you have more fun than any law enforcement officer would let you get away with.

It’s well-balanced, too: any more power than that and the Slingshot would transition from seriously fun to seriously frightening.