The First Full Photo of the Polaris Slingshot, Most Likely with a Front-Mounted Engine

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After 4 video teasers which we had to play almost frame by frame to capture some decent shots of the upcoming Polaris Slingshot, the first photo of the entire three-wheeler has made it to the surface. The quality of the photo is rather low, but it still offers enough information on how this reverse trike will look like.
With the generic wheel positioning similar to that of the Can-Am Spyder, the Slingshot however has the driver and the passenger in automotive seats, not unlike the KTM X-Bow, as opposite to a motorcycle-derived riding position in the case the BRB-made trikes. And that’s why the track-ready roll bars we noticed in the videos seem a natural addition to the build, too.

The Polaris Slingshot has no doors, so it’s a step-in design trike, with a very low center of gravity which also helps it stick to the road or track. I’d rather go for the latter, as the storage aboard this vehicle seems to be exceedingly limited, thus making it the least favored choice for a fair-weathered weekend getaway. Anyway, this vehicle looks like highly capable to provide the occupants with plenty of Gs while riding aggressively on twisty roads!

It’s still a mystery whether the bodywork is cheap-looking and cheap-feeling plastic or it has been crafted from high-quality materials, possibly painted carbon fiber. To be honest, as far as we could tell from this photo, we’re dealing with plastic, though with not exactly the cheapest one. Better photos in better light will offer more info.

Finally, it looks like Polaris maintained the generic architecture in their patent drawings (below) and the 2.4L engine was mounted in the front, together with the transmission. This means a shaft runs from the gearbox located close to mid-ship through a transmission tunnel right back to the rear axle and drives the final belt. Not sure how easy dodging potholes will be with the Slingshot…

Now, after seeing more of the Polaris Slingshot, it looks less and less likely that it could go against the X-Bow. To be honest, we’d rather say it is an alternative to the Can-Am Spyder, for those who are not exactly thrilled to sit that high on a trike. The next Sunday brings all the info which is still missing, so stay tuned.
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