We don't care if you think you have an encyclopedic database of automotive information in your head, but we promise you that you're bound to see a vehicle that's unfamiliar to your eyes every so often. This was the thought that came to our mind when we saw these photos submitted by a guy named Mark Paragas Faustino, who said he'd spotted this vehicle in Subic.
To be honest, we weren't able to identify the thing at first glance. Had it not been for the decals, we wouldn't have known that this is actually the Polaris Slingshot, a recreational vehicle marketed by its maker as a "three-wheeled motorcycle." The two-seat ride was introduced in 2014 by American ATV manufacturer Polaris Industries, the same company that built the utility task vehicles we drove last year.
The specific unit in these photos is the Slingshot SL variant, which is equipped with a 2.4-liter Ecotec gasoline engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The kart-like body is made of high-strength-steel space frame covered with lightweight polymer body panels. And because the cockpit is open, the Slingshot has waterproof seats, a pair of lockable storage bins, and a secure glove box. A blade wind deflector helps keep flying bugs from blinding the driver and his passenger.
Toys found in the cockpit are a 4.3-inch LCD screen and a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth connectivity.
The Slingshot has 18- and 20-inch aluminum wheels at the front and the rear, respectively. Safety comes in the form of electronic stability control, antilock brakes, roll hoops, three-point seatbelts, and a backing-up camera. According to Polaris, this vehicle doesn't have airbags, and it "does not meet automotive safety standards." Hence, the company's reminder to wear a full-face helmet when driving the Slingshot.
Interested? If we're not mistaken, Polaris products are distributed in the country by Networx Jetsports Philippines (a decal on the body is a giveaway). Drop the guys a line if you fancy yourself zooming past your neighbors in a pearl-red recreational vehicle.
Anyway, was this unit parked in a PWD slot?
Photos from Mark Paragas Faustino