There are 2 things awesome about Springtime. #1, No more snow! I probably just put the jinx on all of New Jersey by saying that but it’s true. The recent warmer weather has given hope that the winter is winding down. Which means we can take the winter wheels off your cars, put on the summer tires and go enjoy whatever it is you drive. #2, Spring Training is here, which means baseball is right around the corner. I grew up loving baseball, I played in college, it is my favorite sport. Baseball does it’s pre-season better than any other sport. It reminds us that our national pastime is almost back, and it gives every team hope. Show of hands, who had the Mets in the World Series last season? Last week the majority of teams had Pitchers and Catchers report to camp. While their position players began to trickle in, 1 of which is Yoenis Cespedes. His incredible run for the Mets propelled them into the playoffs last season. It may have been the 11th hour but the Mets managed re-signed him this offseason. For the record, much to my Yankee loving parents chagrin, I am a die hard Mets fan, so getting some much-needed thunder for our lineup was a huge relief. Anyway, Cespedes reported to camp this week, in itself not exactly newsworthy, let alone newsworthy for an automotive enthusiast website. Well, it is when Cespedes preferred mode of transportation is a custom Polaris Slingshot.
The Slingshot is one of those cars that you either love or hate. There is no middle ground here. The styling is aggressive, bold and brash. It’s bold and brash, which is why I think it appealed to Cespedes, a man who doesn’t do subtle. Anyone who’s watched him play knows he has a flair for the flamboyant. But what about the car? What is it? It has 3 wheels. 2 at the front and one at the back. Almost exactly like the Morgan 3-Wheeler Richard Hammond is so fond of. Apart from the slingshot is made up of composites and has absolutely no wood in it at all. Power comes from a double overhead cam, 2.4 liter 4 cylinder from GM’s lineup. It produces 173 horsepower and 166 ft/lbs of torque. It weighs just over 1700 pounds, so do the math, it’s going to be quick. The transmission is a 5 speed manual, so regardless of where you stand on the looks, chances are the Slingshot is fun to drive. Since there is no roof the seats are waterproof. Which is good news, should Cespedes be reminded that the Mets Spring Training facility is in Port St. Lucie Florida, a state famous for random rain showers with little to no warning.
The Slingshot is proof that even though Cespedes is making an absurd $25 million this season, he doesn’t need a $1 million + to stand out. His Slingshot was the talk of training camp and it only costs $26,500.