That makes for a reasonably spectacular power-to-weight ratio—barely higher than a Porsche 911 Carrera S if my math is appropriate. With solely a single wheel to deploy that energy, it isn’t fairly as quick off the lights, however Polaris says the Slingshot R ought to hit 60mph from relaxation in 4.9 seconds. In apply, that may solely be attainable with the handbook model.

Our check Slingshot may additionally have wanted a little bit of a tune-up, as its exhaust smelled fairly wealthy. But once more, I can not assist considering how a lot better a Slingshot could be with an electrical motor and a few batteries; Polaris already makes electrical UTVs, so maybe that may occur within the years to return.

AutoDrive nonetheless wants work

The issue is that AutoDrive simply is not nice. Though it options two totally different modes, I wasn’t in a position to detect any actual distinction between them; in both case, the transmission known as for a brand new gear at about 4,500rpm, properly wanting the ProStar’s peak energy. And you haven’t any possibility aside from to give up your selection of substances to AutoDrive’s algorithm; there is no such thing as a handbook management aside from deciding on drive, impartial, or reverse.

The early upshifts aren’t the one drawback. The shifts themselves are by no means refined, whatever the pace you are touring. Polaris warned me that this was a transmission tuned “for the lots,” however I’ve to say I feel they deserve higher. The addition of paddle shifters to the steering wheel may assist some, however both means, it might use some recalibration.

Regardless of the foremost revisions to the Slingshot’s powertrain, the overriding expertise of driving one stays unchanged from final yr. Even with much less torque than final yr’s mannequin, the rear wheel will chirp and spin if you’re too grasping together with your proper foot. The unassisted steering nonetheless jogs my memory of a go-kart, and I nonetheless really feel fairly uncovered whereas driving it.

However most significantly, in case you’re an introvert or simply don’t need individuals to return up and speak you if you’re stopped in site visitors, you shouldn’t purchase a Slingshot. You may have extra enjoyable on a winding highway in a Mazda MX-5, which also needs to be barely cheaper (and positively extra use in winter). Nothing else I’ve pushed all yr—not even a bright blue McLaren GT—has turned heads or prompted questions from passers-by the way in which this machine did. Contemplating the Slingshot prices a small fraction of the supercar’s value, that is a remarkably whole lot if you’re an excessive extrovert.

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