Polaris introduces its 2017 Slingshot SLR, the boldest Slingshot to date

07/31/2016
Anthony Tsai

Are you an Alpha male or female that craves attention?  I guarantee you’ll get more stares in this than a Ferrari or Lamborghini.  Polaris introduces its new 2017 Slingshot SLR, the highest model in its Slingshot line-up.

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2017 Polaris Slingshot SLR

Over the past years, I’ve only seen a handful of Slingshots in the flesh, maybe one on the road and a few in shopping center parking lots.  They sure are rare in SoCal, perhaps even more rare than finding a 4-leaf clover in your front lawn.

Is the Slingshot a car or a motorcycle? 

The Slingshot is classified in most of the USA as a motorcycle, and the driver must have a driver’s license or motorcycle license.  The most common classification is ‘motorcycle’, which requires a motorcycle endorsement or license, or ‘autocycle’, which only requires a State driver’s license.  Some States even require you to have both a 2-wheel motorcycle license & a 3-wheel motorcycle endorsement.  To check your State’s requirements, you can find them here on Polaris’ website.

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One 20″ rear wheel with 305mm-wide tire

Laws vary across the world and in some countries, the Slingshot may be a motor vehicle if the engine and transmission are based on car components.  The UK changed its laws in 2013 reclassifying most ‘trikes’ as motorcycles with some exceptions.  Quadracycle (licence group B1) are 3 or 4 wheel motor vehicles not exceeding 550kg unladen weight, but exceeding 50km/h speed and 50cc engine displacement.  This is a relatively unknown group that brings the UK more in line with Europe.  If these type of vehicles exceed 550kg, they then fall into the motor vehicle (car) group.

When driving, Polaris recommends wearing a full face helmet because they consider this a motorcycle (no air-bags).

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Two 18″ front wheels

You’ll feel like Batman when driving the Slingshot as it sits very close to the ground.  Any lower, your behind will be scraping against the asphalt.

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Composite brake rotors & Sparco lightweight aluminum shift knob

The 2017 Slingshot SLR is available in 2 two-tone colors –  Orange Madness or Turbo Silver.  Personally, I feel Orange Madness is the only logical choice of the two.  Turbo Silver is just too sedated and ordinary for such an eye-catching vehicle.

As with all Polaris Slingshot models, the SLR is powered by a 173 hp 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder engine that drives the rear wheel with a 5-speed transmission. As it only weighs a tad over 1700 lbs plus your bodyweight, in theory, it could cover 0-60mph in 5.2secs. Unfortunately, all that power and torque through a single tyre (admittedly a FAT one at 305mm wide) means wheelspin and smoke in 1st and 2nd gears with not much reduction in times! Let’s just say that most people get 0-60mph times less than 6 secs.

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With a retail price of $28,499, it’s a drop in the bucket for the hours of smiles you’re going to get driving this Polaris Slingshot SLR.  Given today’s rocket high costs of supercars, yachts, and private jets, this is luxury at minimal cost!


Polaris’ video introducing the 2017 Slingshot SLR
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