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First impression: All-new Polaris Slingshot

Written by  on Monday, 28 July 2014 13:59

Let the debate begin. Is this a motorcycle? Well, according to Polaris and the government, it is. Whether you think this is a motorcycle or not, the Polaris Slingshot is one unique vehicle, full of top-notch technology that aids in both safety and performance, including traction control, stability control and anti-lock braking. All of these can be turned off if you want the full experience, but even with you being in full control, the Slingshot is remarkably stable. 

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Aggresive styling and a super low centre of gravity make the Slingshot a real eye catcher.
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Using the 173 hp powerplant from the Pontiac Solstice, the Slingshot has exceptional acceleration. 
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When you step on the gas, it feels like you have been shot out of a Slingshot.
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Adjusting the belt tension is a simple procedure that makes maintenance a breeze. 
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A full set of instruments keeps you informed with what is going on, and a five-speed manual transmission gives you ultimate control of the driving experience.
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A tube frame makes up the Slingshot's skeleton. 
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The five-speed manual transmission has a short throw and shifts precisely. 
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When going for a ride with Polaris's professional driver, you really get a sense of what the Slingshot can do and the high level of performance that has been built into it. 
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Once you turn off the traction control, the Slingshot lets loose. 
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Even with such a low centre of gravity and seating position, the Slingshot is comfortable to drive. The layout and performance give you a very real sense of confidence

Watch for a full review in a future issue of Inside Motorcycles

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