Thursday, May 14, 2015

Talk Me Out of It...

As much as I love the concept of the Elio, I keep seeing delays on the rollout and am starting to have doubts as to whether we'll ever see an actual vehicle. Don't get me wrong; I would love to own one, as I think it's about as perfect a vehicle as I'm likely to find for my commute: high gas mileage, able to use the HOV lane, storage for items for going back and forth to work; it's really just about the perfect *second* vehicle for me. I can keep the (paid for) Earthf**ker longer and bang the Elio back and forth to work M-F. At under $7K, I can almost buy one cash, too.

You know what they say about something sounding too good to be true, right?

So, I started looking. And man, if the Polaris Slingshot doesn't look appealing...


It's considered a motorcycle, so I can still take the HOV lane. It's sporty and can take a passenger with much greater ease than a motorcycle. With the windscreen, it can handle most inclement weather, and with the recumbent seating position it's easier to add layers in the cooler months. Plus, 173 horsepower in a vehicle weighing 1,600 pounds has got to move pretty good. And it's a 5-speed.

The downsides are pretty steep, though. The price, for starters: $23K for the version with the windshield and sound system. That's more than 3X the price of the Elio. It's not enclosed, meaning that winter driving and moderate rains are also out. The closest dealer is 20 miles away, which isn't a huge deal, but it's still far less convenient than the Honda dealer 5 miles out. There's also no stats on the gas mileage, which is pretty important to me - if it only gets 20 MPG around town (the bulk of my driving), then I might as well drive the Dodge.

But damn, that's a sweet looking ride...

That is all.

10 comments:

Ted said...

Yes Its three times the price. But for that you can actually have a snowmobxxxxxx. .... I mean vehicle. Instead of smoke and mirrors

Anonymous said...

$23,000 would buy a safe full of guns and the ammunition for them.


I don't see why you would have both the Slingshot and your Harley. It has about as much protection from the weather as your Harley, which is already paid for. Put some bigger hard bags on the Harley to carry your lunchbox & laptop and ride it.

Al_in_Ottawa



abnormalist said...

Here ya go. The problem with the sling shot, is unlike the elio, its intended as a track/fair weather toy. Its NOT meant to be a day to day commuter/live with it every day car.

TIGHT suspension (yes this is from a guy who drives a race prep miata), a high strung motor, and zero slop controls, while AWESOME when you want them do tend to tire you out day after day. Especially on a long slog. Imagine driving a 599cc supersport class bike every day and you will start to get the idea of what I am talking about.

Trips to the grocery store become a chore rather than an quick errand a trip of over 10 miles of buckled asphalt becomes something you look forward to like a trip to the dentist.

Stretch said...

The Elio is having problems with "DOT and DOE concerns."
In plain English that means Elio hasn't made proper "contributions" to the Obama campaign.

Will said...

Find an old Corbin Sparrow, stick a small bike engine in it and call it done.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myers_Motors_NmG

David said...

Strangely enough, I saw one driving through town (Redding CA) a couple days ago...

David said...

The Slingshot, that is. I had never seen one before...

ASM826 said...

Per your request:

1. If you're not going to use it when it's cold or rainy, it's a toy.

2. With #1 in mind, it doesn't provide you with anything the Harley doesn't.

3. For $23K, if the occasional cool factor is important, you can buy a Thompson.
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I, for one, am favor of the Thompson. It would you the hit of the next bloggershoot.

wheelgun said...

The slingshot looks cool from a distance, but it has no ground clearance. Want to enter you average driveway? Need to deal with a pot-hole? Have to drive on your average city street?

Try the URAL. Russian copy of a WWII BMW. Though the new ones have fuel injection. They are pretty cool looking. And the sidecar makes for a decent trunk.

Anonymous said...

I've been watching the Elio for a while... it's never gonna' happen. Grieve for lost opportunities if you must but let it go. (I also wanted a Mahindra truck and had to give up on that too. Politics can kill a machine deader than a doornail and logic won't bring it back.)

If one can afford a slingshot they should consider a Morgan. (http://www.morgan3wheeler.co.uk/desktopindex.html)

I've seen a Morgan in the US so they're not "vaporware" and they're sweet looking little critters.

That said I haven't even been on my bike yet. It keeps SNOWING on me and that sucks.

Adaptive Curmudgeon