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Would you like to ride into Gotham City with this?
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The Polaris Slingshot has been released, but how promising is its future?

The Internet is abuzz with speculation surrounding the Polaris Slingshot upon its release onto the streets and, if you take a peek at our video below, you'll see why. But will it live up to the hype or, instead, die a slow death, as have so many quirkily designed bikes over the past few years, as the industry attempts to regain momentum once again, whilst riders concentrate more on just regular bikes?

This three-wheeler, resembling a hybrid of a motorcycle and a sports car - or perhaps a bat mobile and Reliant Robin on speed - can be yours for the princely sum of £11,780 (£14,135 for the SL model), making it a rather expensive toy. Perhaps it's a good job it's only available in the US, as we'd probably actually take out a loan to get one - if only to dress up as Batman and cruise the mean streets of London until the novelty wore off.

Officially a three-wheeled motorbike, similar to the Campagna Motors T-REX, anyone who wishes to ride this machine will need a motorcycle licence, despite the bike having several car-like factors such as seat belts, as well as the ability to ride side-by-side with a passenger of choice.

However, any doubts you may have about the distinction between a bike and a fancy car will diminish once you hear that the Slingshot comes with a 2.4LGM Ecotec four-cylinder engine, which is good for 173hp and 166lbs.ft of torque. The bike is also mated to a five-speed stick-shift gearbox.

Furthermore, the Slingshot includes anti-locking brakes, electronic stability control, and traction control. The Slingshot SL steps things up a notch and includes larger forged wheels, while the base model's are cast, as well as bigger low-profile tires. Thus making the SL model more expensive and heavier than the 1,666lbs base model by around 22lbs.

Nevertheless, it still remains to be seen how big the market for something like this will be as doubts remain. The Slingshot is more likely to catch the eye of car enthusiasts than dedicated riders, as we saw in the case of the KTM X-Bow. This could be a potential blow for the motorcycle market, which has just started recovering in the wake of the economic crisis. However, we seriously can't see it coming to the UK soon, unless on rare import terms.

Check out the video and let us know what you think.

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