The line between cars and motorcycles is getting thinner every day. Morgan’s Three Wheeler is open topped and uses the majority of bike’s powertrain for proulsion. Track day toys like the Ariel Atom promise the same type of acceleration as superbikes. KTM , a motorcycle company, even builds a competitor car to the Atom called the X-Bow . On the motorcycle side Can-Am has the Spyder , which is essentially a reversed trike.
Now, thanks to the sleuths at Asphalt & Rubber, it looks like we have one more name to add to the list: the Polaris Slingshot. Based on the design photos from a patent application, the Slingshot will feature a design similar to the X-Bow, complete with a side-by-side seating arrangement, but it will feature the three-wheel layout of the Can-Am and Morgan.
Rather than be powered by a Polaris engine, the Slingshot is rumored to get its propulsion from a 2.4-liter, Ecotec four-cylinder sourced from General Motors, and its expected output is 200 horsepower. According to the patent documentation ABS brakes, power steering, traction control and stability control will be included.
These are all just preliminary details, and we will bring you more on the Slingshot as the details continue to emerge.
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The Slingshot has been long rumored for Polaris, but never confirmed. New information released in a recent document outlining organizational changes for the company makes mention of a 2014 release for the Slingshot product line.
As the car is not confirmed, and the specifications are not required for a patent application, we have no knowledge about transmission, brakes or suspension. If what the report says is true, the car should be announced in the coming months. We will update with all the details when we get them.