The three-wheeled roadster from Polaris, parent company of Indian and Victory Motorcycle, has been very popular with both traditional riders as well individuals who’ve never sat in a saddle. The line of vehicles rides its own corporate road and the Slingshot’s sales has been a highlight of the financial reporting from Polaris since its introduction.
The new Slingshot lineup includes a new premium SLR model, an expanded line-up of accessories focused on rider comfort and customization including the new Slingshade, in addition to premium cockpit upgrades and new colors for the brand’s best-selling SL model.
A bold new color for Slingshot's SL - Sunset Red
Looking first to the new model, the 2017 Slingshot SLR is considered the most premium model in the line-up, leading to Polaris calling it ‘the boldest Slingshot yet’. Key features include lightweight forged aluminum wheels, a 305MM-wide rear tire, Sparco touchpoints in the cockpit and a custom two-tone paint scheme.
Like all Slingshot models, the SLR is constructed with a high-strength steel spaceframe and powered by a 173-hp 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine that drives the rear wheel via a five-speed manual transmission. The responsive combination delivers exhilarating acceleration and connects the driver and passenger to the road through a sophisticated double-wishbone front suspension and electronic power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering. All models also feature an electronic stability control system and disc brakes with ABS.
The checklist for this new model is as follows;
- Two-tone paint scheme with colored frame accents: Orange Madness and Turbo Silver
- Full-body graphics
- 305mm-wide rear tire (40mm wider than the standard/SL rear wheel)
- Premium forged-aluminum wheels – 18-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheel
- Sparco lightweight aluminum shift knob
- Sparco pedal covers
- Sparco steering wheel
- Open air intake
- Composite brake rotors
- Interior LED lighting kit
Available in two eye catching colors, Orange Madness and Turbo Silver, the Slingshot SLR brings a race inspired, factory customized roadster to the Slingshot line-up and carries a MSRP which starts at $28,499.
If this sounds interesting to readers, they should look for the 2017 Slingshot SLR to rumble into showrooms in August.
2017 Slingshot SLR - Source Polaris
The Slingshot lineup also introduces two new colors to the SL lineup for 2017, Sunset Red and Black Pearl as well as upgraded features and vehicle enhancements. In addition to the currently available standard SL features, the 2017 Slingshot SL adds a clear Ripper Series wind deflector, new accent hood graphics, cut-and-sew seats and a premium Rockford Fosgate speaker system.
It appears it’s not just bikers taking to the Slingshot world, the urge to ‘make it their own’ has moved in as well. With the introduction of 31 new accessories, the roster of Slingshot Engineered Accessories also grows for 2017. These include items for Slingshot owners such as a full range of accessories to meet owner’s style, comfort and storage needs. Headlining the new accessory line-up is the all-new Slingshade, a removable sunshade that complements the ‘raw, unfiltered exhilaration’ of the Slingshot’s open experience with the comfort of shade on the road.
The Slingshade is designed to flow with the lines of the distinctively styled Slingshot, complementing its form with uncompromising function – including removable T-top panels. The panels also feature tinted windows that retain overhead views and help illuminate the open cockpit. A lightweight frame and compact dimensions make the Slingshade easily removable and stowable for those times when only a totally open road experience will do.
2017 Slingshot SL and Slingshot - Source Polaris
Other Slingshot Engineered Accessories include styling enhancements, tech and audio components, storage options, wind deflectors, riding gear, helmets, driving jackets and street wear. Most of the vehicle accessories are offered in a variety of factory color-matched options.
“Slingshot’s new 2017 line-up takes the vehicle to the next level. With the new SLR, premium upgrades on the SL and 31 new accessories, including the Slingshade, we are giving our customers more ways to personalize their experience and make Slingshot their own,” said Steve Menneto, President of Polaris Motorcycles. “Slingshot remains committed to redefining the on-road driving experience and I encourage everyone to get out and test ride the 2017 line-up today.”