Testing Polaris Slingshot with Matt Farah

2023 Polaris Slingshot: Has It Improved?

A budget-friendly, 200-hp sporty model with a convertible top and manual transmission but still weighing less than 1,700 lbs – this is an ideal choice for the keen car fan. Of course, should you want four wheels instead, then that could be an option too.

Matt Farah and Zach Clapman from The Smoking Tire recently took the 2023 Polaris Slingshot for a spin to assess if it fulfilled its predecessor’s standards. Farah mentioned that he had driven an earlier version in 2015 but did not have a favorable opinion of it, so he chose to trial the completely re-made edition putting into consideration its advanced motor, handling, suspension, and interior design.

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Clapham was immediately taken aback upon entering the Slingshot, finding it to be far more open than any convertible – almost like riding a motorcycle. Farah pointed out that, though it may not offer the power of a Civic Type R engine, it performs excellently and is gleeful at high revs. Moreover, this advanced 2.0-liter Prostar motor surpasses its previous GM Ecotec predecessor.

The controlling and shifting apparatus are straightforward and operate with ease. He is, though, anxious about the brakes of the car. Even though it has Brembo brakes, there’s only three of them, hence their capacity is not as abundant as the Brembo name implies.

The duo note that the maximal speed of the Slingshot is restricted to 125 mph, yet suggest this may be a beneficiary as the heftiness-to-power ratio builds it seem highly quick. Moreover, the critic points out the drawbacks of using only three wheels. He remarks that there could be only one purpose of why to produce such an automobile, which is that it won’t have to comply with brand-new safety criteria such as crash tests and airbags.

The presenters elaborate that the rear traction of the Slingshot is greatly reduced as a consequence of its singular tire, which creates a difficulty transmitting the power predominately. Under braking, the rear wheel becomes light and any uneven surfaces in the streets make the vehicle slightly unsteady while maneuvering turns.

Polaris personnel admit that the front suspension system is superb, but it fails to be able to tilt like a regular vehicle. For varying temperatures, the company’s engineers incorporated cooling and heating seats for maximum comfort. The car’s torque is considerable, plus amazingly speedy even in non-peak moments. Despite this, according to Farah, the rear part of the car is a disaster.

The presenters compare the Polaris to other trikes such as the Vanderhall and the more luxurious Morgan Super 3. As they described, the Morgan is far pricier but more of a showpiece. Its peak swiftness rivals that of the Slingshot which is 130 mph; but their preceding iteration was constructed with a motorcycle engine rather than an automobile engine like its latest version. Farah enquiries if this alteration has caused it to be less desirable instead of bettering it. Clapham remarks that due to its mini tires, its maneuverability would be notably worse than the Slingshot.

Clapham acknowledges that Polaris has achieved much with the overhaul of the Slingshot, stating that the shifting process closely resembles Honda’s in terms of precision and alertness. However, both presenters concur that it still has its issues. They note how nerve-wracking it can be traveling at higher velocities in the slingshot, and how a helmet does not give them the sense of security that they crave.

Although they similarly extol the Slingshot for its enthralling ride and the fun way it navigates, Farah additionally mentions that the Slingshot has a quite singular, exhilarating look that makes it stand out from other cars. In conclusion, he holds it in higher regard than its predecessor and salutes them on the upgrades created.

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