The news got public when a patent application went viral, showing a detailed view of Polaris Slingshot, thereby making news with Wall Street analysts who subsequently included this new car in their forecasts for 2014.
The patent reveals the Slingshot to be a three-wheeler with reverse-trike design, which is purportedly powered by a 2.4 liter GM Ecotec four-cylinder engine, designed to produce about 200 horsepower. The rear is expected to have a single wheel which will be driven by a belt; handle bars will be replaced by a steering wheel, and the car will have side-by-side seating for the driver and the passenger.
Polaris had filed an application in 2012 for a patent of the three-wheeled two-seater designed for road driving, which was quite contrary to the manufacturer’s expertise in snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles. The recently released patent confirms a roll bar over the roofless machine, which is steered with the front wheels and is powered by the rear one.
Experts are expecting that the Slingshot will be out in a couple of months. It is further believed that Polaris has already applied for a trademark protection of Slingshot’s name and logo.
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