So, sometimes on my travels throughout town (doing the day – job thing), I run into some of the most interesting characters. Meet the 2015 Polaris Slingshot…or “Red Lightning”, as her owner Len has dubbed her.
Cranking off the line with a 166 foot pounds of torque at 1400 rpm, this bad girl can head from 0 to 60 in under 6 seconds topping out at 130 miles an hour and boasting a 173 horsepower and a top of 6200 rpms. Add that to the 10 gallon gas tank and “about 50 miles per gallon”, as Len told me, and yes boys and girls this is one mean machine.
I didn’t want to appear rude and ask Len, a 35 year veteran in the custom car restoration field, how much he dropped on it…hell he showed me a serial number only four digits long. A pretty penny i thought, semi-wrongly stereotyping the situation, but i discovered later online that the base price is “relatively inexpensive”…RELATIVELY being the key word. If one were to compare it to its competitor, the Campagna T-Rex (base starting $65,000), based off cost alone the starting base of just under $20,000 for the basic model ($25,000 for the deluxe) seems to be the more cost effective…for those who are able to shop with disposable income of course.
Instead of prying into financial details, I asked him “why do you refer to it as a girl…or why is it a HER? ”
“Because,” he said with that sly old – man smile that your grandpa gets when he’s about to tell you a joke, “she’s a little hard to handle after you get her wet. ”
Len was cool as hell, check his ride.