Alongside their ATV machines, they have added a motorcycle to the line-up.
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicle, including all terrain vehicles and the Polaris Ranger and RZR side by side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on road electric or hybrid powered vehicles. Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian motorcycle and Slingshot brands. Polaris Racing is one of the big four factory racing teams on the WPSA(World Power Sports Association) Snocross circuit. With 44 signed riders they also run in Hill Cross, Oval Track Racing and Cross Country Racing. The Polaris Racing Team won 8 different championships in the 2006-2007 season. Polaris holds the most number of wins at the World’s Longest Toughest Snowmobile Race, the Iron Dog a 2,000 mile race across Alaska.
The new addition from the Polaris set of machines is the Polaris ‘Slingshot’. This is a three wheeled motorcycle manufactured by Polaris Industries. The Slingshot weighs 1,743 pounds and is powered by a 2.4 litre inline four engine derived from the GM Ecotec. The engine was formerly used by GM in the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky sports cars. The Slingshot was introduced in 2014 as a 2015 model. A similar design to the X-Bow, but in a three wheel layout like the Morgan and Can-Am, this dramatic new machine, looks seductive and performs aggressively.
With a curb weight of just over 1,700 pounds fueled, go cart seating and over 170hp and 166 pound feet of torque coming from a GM sourced DOHC EcoTech 2.4 litre inline four cylinder, the Slingshot is clearly made to corner. With that much power pushing less weight than even most track prepped cars, it likely won’t be a slouch in a straight line either. Unlike the taller, sit-up Spyders, the Slingshot’s two bucket seats are placed inches off the tarmac, giving riders more of a race car experience. The Slingshot’s power flows through a 5-speed manually stick shifted transmission and terminates in a motorcycle style kevlar belt final drive, something Polaris has extensive experience with. Clawing for traction are three very wide Kenda Slingshot tires, which are elusively designed for this machine, as claims the company.
The Slingshot has some advanced technology facilities in the interiors of the vehicle. On the more premium SL version of the Slingshot, a central 4.3inch LCD screen controls a marine grade six speaker audio system that incorporates AM/FM, USB and Bluetooth connections. It also links to a backup camera. There’s even a handy, but optional mount for your smartphone, so you can power up GPS or more easily control the tunes while shredding switchbacks. LED’s light up brake and marker lights, while a spider’s share of projector beam lights the way ahead. Standard ABS brakes, traction control, electronically assisted power steering, throttle by wire and electronic stability control will work together to keep aspiring Andrettis in their lane. There’s even a cruise control. Traction and stability control can be shut off by the driver, while ABS is always on.
Now if you want to get your hands on this mind blowing 2015 Polaris Slingshot, you’ll have to case out some grand, which would be specifically $21,199 for the basic variant, $25,199 for the SL and $26,199 for the SL LE model. This machine surely takes you to a different dimension of motorcycling.