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Mike Stevens | Jul, 29 2014 | 2 Comments

It could be the three-limbed cousin of KTM’s mad X-Bow, but details released today reveal that this new performer is far from handicapped.

Unveiled today after months of teasers, the compact new Polaris Slingshot boasts a three-wheeled layout, a two-seater cockpit and a GM-sourced four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual.

Details of the new trike’s performance capabilities are still to come, but with 130kW and 225Nm of torque propelling the 756kg performer, we can likely expect some compelling figures.

Using a singular rear wheel (with a carbon-reinforced drive belt) and two wheels at the front, the Slingshot’s driving experience has been described by its creator as “like surfing ashphalt”.

The three-wheeler gets a double-wishbone forged aluminium suspension package and electronic power-assisted steering.

Polaris’ new blaster measures in at 3800mm long, 1971mm wide and 1318mm tall.

There’s 18-inch wheels at the front and a 20-inch rim at the rear, and the body’s panels are made from polymer for rust-proofing and impact resistance.

The Slingshot is equipped with car-like racing seats and three-point seatbelts, but the low-cut windshield means that both occupants must wear helmets.

“A three-wheeled vehicle offers an experience that's just like a motorcycle - the open air and the wind in your face,” Slingshot development boss Chris Doucet says.

“But the three-wheel stance adds an extra level of stability.”

Standard features include projector headlights, LED tail-lights and a reverse-tilt bonnet, along with waterproof seats, a 4.3-inch display, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, six speakers and two lockable storage bins for your helmets.

Pricing in the US starts at AU$21,300. Word of any local availability has yet to come, but TMR has contacted Polaris Australia for comment.

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