Slingshot Blurs Line Between Sports Car and Motorcycle

Polaris Slingshot

Described as a sports car, it sounds wildly unsafe.

There’s not a real windshield, no doors, no roof, no airbags, and it rides just 5 inches off the ground. It weighs under 2,000 pounds, has a weight distribution of 66/34 percent front/rear and is powered by a 2.4-liter GM engine with a 5-speed transmission sending power to the rear wheels.

Or shall I say wheel.

The Polaris Slingshot isn’t a car we’d normally cover on this blog, because it isn’t a car at all. The Slingshot is a three-wheeled motorcycle, but it’s the most car-like motorcycle ever made.

Which isn’t a good thing.

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Introducing the Untippable Motorcycle Car

Lit Motors' C-1

What would you call a motorcycle that doesn’t tip over, drives like a car, is fully enclosed and has room for two passengers?

Non-existent might be a good descriptor.

A company called Lit Motors has a different name for such a vehicle: the C-1, which it hopes to start selling by late 2013, with full production coming in 2014. Is this the urban transportation vehicle that can finally gain public acceptance and start changing the way we commute in cities?

Yes. Assuming it really, truly, doesn’t tip over.

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