Polaris Slingshot Rear-Wheel Belt Drive Confirmed

Polaris Slingshot RWD 4 photos
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Just like we told you yesterday, Polaris is getting ready for this July’s big moment: the official unveiling of its all-new Slingshot reverse trike beast. With absolutely no official info on the Slingshot, it’s down to the 4 video teasers which will hit the video social media websites prior to the launch, scheduled on July 27.
Yesterday our still-motion skills have returned a nice photo of the Slingshot’s dashboard showing a 6,500 rpm redline, the new teaser brings a very important piece in the overall puzzle: the Slingshot will have a rear-wheel drive, and it’s going to be a belt transferring the grunt of the GM engine to the road. While the 2.4-liter EcoTec GM engine which is rumored to bring the Slingshot to life is not exactly the pinnacle of road racing technology, its 180 hp and 233 Nm (172 lb-ft) torque should make driving this trike quite fun.

As far as we can tell now, the front suspension is an independent double wishbone-type, which is supposed to help the Slingshot stick to the road very well even around fast corners. The suspension arms appear to be in cast aluminium, and this confirms the guesstimations for a rather light build.

Rumors in the industry say that the Slingshot could also be offered in a more racey trim, with carbon fiber elements (bodywork and more) for an eve lighter weight and higher performance. However, we are sort of waiting plenty of carbon for the Slingshot, as Polaris wants to compete with KTM’s X-Bow and the T-Rex beasts. Offering more trims could help Polaris sell more Slingshots, both in the entry-level and the top-range segment.

The price remains unknown, even though a beefy $100,000 (€73,500) price tag is rumored to go with the Slingshot, somewhat in the ballpark of the GT version of the X-Bow. The next and last video teaser is expected to surface around one week prior to the launch.

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