Ecotec Power For Polaris’ Slingshot

Polaris launched its highly anticipated 3-wheel vehicle, the Slingshot, a vehicle bridging the gap between motorcycle and car just like the T-Rex has been doing for more than a decade.

According to Polaris, this innovative vehicle offers a thrilling new on-road driving and riding experience.

Celebrating 60 years, Polaris Industries Inc. unveiled the Slingshot as part of its 2015 product offerings.

“Slingshot was designed to deliver head turning exhilaration on two dimensions,” said Mike Jonikas, vice president of Slingshot. “First is the exhilaration that you can see, hear and feel while riding in Slingshot. Second is the exhilaration you feel when people turn their heads to stare at Slingshot’s unique and exotic styling.”

Polaris said the open-air cockpit of the Slingshot presents riders with a rush of sight, sound and smell. Its side by side seating gives both driver and passenger a front row shot of adrenaline. Its wide stance and sport-tuned suspension fuels a rider’s desire to charge every corner. Slingshot is lightweight and powerful, making for heart pounding acceleration.

The 1743-pound slingshot is powered by a GM-sourced 2.4 liter dual-overhead cam Ecotec engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. In the Slingshot, the Ecotec provides 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. Fuel is stored in a 9.77 gallon fuel tank. Features include electronic stability and traction control, 3-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, LED taillights, forged aluminum roll hoops, and 3-point seat belts.

In the U.S., the Slingshot will retail at a starting MSRP of $19,999. Polaris has not released fuel consumption figures.