A new 3-Wheeler-- The Polaris Slingshot

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Polaris, the maker of snowmobiles, ATVs, Victory and Indian motorcycles has just announced a new 3-wheeler. The Slingshot. It's definitely a motorcycle (for safety equipment reasons). But it looks like a cross between a Morgan 3-wheeler and a KTM X-Bow.

Price: Starts at $19,900
Engine: 2.4 Ecotec 4-Cyl
Horsepower: 173hp
Torque: 166ft*lbs
Weight: 1700lbs

Side by Side seating
Steering wheel, pedals
RWD
5spd manual automotive transmission

Will be sold in US first, Europe and Asia later

Double a-arm front suspension, single sided swing arm rear.
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Looks ridiculous. But it's cheap. If it handles well and is put together well, I think it could be a hit.
 
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Looks like it could be a giggle but I'd still rather have a Carver.
 

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Well, clearly the T-Rex exists, but Campagna's (the company that produces them) cheapest option is the v17 which starts at $50k (more than double), and it's uglier than the Slingshot. The t-Rex starts over $65k. But it is about 600lbs lighter and has a roll cage.

The Morgan is north of $50k, although it does have charm.

The Polaris puts a much more reasonable price on 3-wheeled buffoonery. Single tire burnouts for the masses...
 

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The Morgan is the only three-wheeler I understand. All those other ones just seem like something that's kind of like a motorcycle, but worse, while at the same time being something that's kind of like a car, but worse.
 

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The Morgan is cool. The others are seriously lame.
 

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Slingshot, Crossbow... how long before we've got one called the airsoft?

I kid, I kid, but I am seriously excited about this growing three-wheel segment. Maybe VW and Peugeot will make god on their vaporware concepts now that they've got real competition.
 

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Isn't 1700lbs relatively heavy for something like this? Looks like fun though, I'm not much of a bike fan, so I'd rather drive around in something like this.
 

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May be a hit with that price.
 

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I want someone to build a three wheeler that actually leans like a motorcycle.

Several outfits already have.

Carver:
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Mercedes:
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Still, it's not exactly like a motorcycle. They don't lean far enough to drag helmet.

Helmet drag at ~1:10.
 
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Carver Ones were in production and briefly imported to the US. Nobody bought them.
 
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