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.