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Polaris Slingshot: Go-Kart Motorcycle Hybrid Due Out Later This Year

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 09:14 AM

The Polaris Slingshot, not exactly a car but also not like any motorcycle anyone has ever seen before, is creating a buzz as fans of the open-air cockpit two-seater await its arrival at the end of the year.

The 2015 three-wheel Slingshot weighs 1,700 pounds with a five-speed manual transmission and 173-horsepower, according to FoxSports.com. Classified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as a three-wheeled motorcycle, the street legal base model is going for $19,999 while the SL model is marked $23,999.

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"With a 360-degree open-air cockpit, the 2015 Polaris Slingshot is designed to give its riders the feel of being right on the road," FoxSports.com's Sam Reiman wrote. "In reality, there is a (mere) 5-inch clearance between the bottom of the frame and the road, yet the response from critics has been overwhelmingly positive and has led many into anxiously anticipating the machine’s release at the end of 2014."

Marketing the Polaris Slingshot as a motorcycle and not a car could create some debate though.

"That means you'll need to wear a helmet to operate it in most states," Complex.com noted. "My take: For safety reasons, I obviously don't want to see a total newb get a motorcycle license in one of these and then think that they can competently ride a Panigale. But at the same time, Polaris doesn't make cars and doesn't want to make cars."

Jason Fogelson, of Forbes Life, wrote that he believes even though the Polaris Slingshot looks like a fun vehicle to drive, classifying it as a motorcycle means that it does not comes with airbags, bumpers, crash protection, a collapsing steering column, or other safety equipment a car would come with, even though it operates much like one.

"When you ride a Slingshot, you're assuming the same safety risks that you do when you ride a motorcycle, so don't get lulled into a false sense of security because there's some bodywork around you," Fogelson wrote.

"This is a very risky vehicle to ride, just like any other motorcycle. It's low enough that it could go unnoticed by larger vehicles in certain situations; and it is definitely fast enough to cause some real damage to its riders in an accident. If you're willing to assume the risk, manage it carefully and you a thrilling ride could be ahead of you."



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