Polaris Slingshot

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2015 Polaris Slingshot

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  • Polaris Slingshot
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    173 @ 6200
  • Torque @ RPM:
    166 @ 4700
  • Displacement:
    2.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    19999
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The line between cars and motorcycles is getting thinner every day. Morgan’s Three Wheeler is open topped and uses the majority of bike’s powertrain for proulsion. Track day toys like the Ariel Atom promise the same type of acceleration as superbikes, and KTM, a motorcycle company, even builds a competitor to the Atom called the X-Bow. On the motorcycle side Can-Am has the Spyder, which is essentially a reversed trike. For 2015 we can add one more name to the list of motorcycle-car `tweeners: the Polaris Slingshot. The Slingshot features a design similar to the X-Bow, complete with a side-by-side seating arrangement, but it brings in the three-wheel layout of the Can-Am and Morgan.

Propulsion comes from a 2.4-liter, Ecotec four-cylinder sourced from General Motors that sends 173 ponies to the pavement. Yes, it’s time to yell "at least!" The Morgan 3-Wheeler is finally getting a competitor that can be acquired on U.S. soil without having to worry about import taxes and other headache-inducing duties.

Update 7/28/2014: Polaris has officially unveiled the long-awaited Slingshot. Read more after the jump

Click past the jump to read a little more on the Polaris Slingshot.

 

Latest Polaris Slingshot news and reviews:

Polaris Slingshot SL Limited Edition Midnight Cherry

Polaris Slingshot SL Limited Edition Midnight Cherry

A new glaze for Polaris’ three-wheeler

Originally launched in 2014, the Polaris Sligshot is an open-top three-wheeler joy rider that seeks to find a happy middle ground between street bike exhilaration and roadster-esquecomfort. It’s an interesting proposition for anyone unwilling to go full-on moto style, but still craving a bit of that in-the-elements thrill. As such, there are twin wheels up front for stops and turns, plus a single, larger wheel in the rear providing the motivation, plus a dearth of body panels for maximum exposure in the double seats. Three trim levels are offered, and now, Polaris has announced a new special edition iteration of the mid-grade SL line. It’s called the SL LE Midnight Cherry, and it’s packing new paint, upgraded “touring” graphics, and specially padded foam bucket seats.

“This limited edition model was created for riders to discover the exhilaration and adventure of the open road in the most luxurious and stylish SL available, while not compromising comfort.”

So then in one sense, the Slingshot SL LE Midnight Cherry is like a trike grand tourer. Complementing this perspective is a plethora of options, such as abundant side storage, overnight bags for the driver and passenger, upgradeable interior trim, and available all-weather covers.

The Slingshot SL Limited Edition Midnight Cherry will hit dealers this month. Pricing is set at $26,999 across the nation and $27,299 in California, which is $1,500 more than the standard Sligshot SL model.

Read on for further details.

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Polaris Issues Recall On Slingshot

Polaris Issues Recall On Slingshot

Polaris Industries Inc. is issuing a recall on select MY17 Slingshot models, to include the SL and SLR variants as well as the base model. The factory has discovered that the torque applied to certain fasteners within the steering system may not have been as high as one might have hoped. Consequently, the steering may not perform as expected, and that could lead to an unsafe driving condition or even a crash.

Continue reading for more on the Slingshot recall.

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2016 Polaris Slingshot Kid Rock SS-R Concept

2016 Polaris Slingshot Kid Rock SS-R Concept

One-of-a-kind three-wheeler for a one-of-a-kind rapper

One of the cool things about the SEMA Auto Show is the likelihood of seeing concepts or show cars that we probably wouldn’t be able to see in any normal setting. In some ways, it’s where automakers and aftermarket tuners go to live out their fantasies. No where else is that more evident than with what Polaris Industries and Bob Fehan Motorsports built together as a showcase concept for SEMA. It’s called the Slingshot Kid Rock SS-R Concept and as the name so obviously indicates, it’s a tribute to Detroit rapper Kid Rock.

The aftermarket components on the Slingshot are significant and the treatment given to the three-wheeled roadster reflect the boisterous personality of the man they call the “American Badass.” As somebody who grew up listening to Kid Rock, this is the kind of tribute piece that I can get on board with. Not that it needs my stamp of approval because on its own, it’s already a showstopper in a lot of ways.

From the custom graphics to the new body panels and an uprated 2.4-liter engine that pumps out around 400 horsepower, the Slingshot Kid Rock SS-R Concept is as bold and as flamboyant as the man from which it’s inspired from. I don’t really know what Kid Rock’s up to these days, but I don’t think he’s going to have any problems being associated with this custom three-wheeler. If anything, we might even end up seeing him in one in the future.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Slingshot Kid Rock SS-R Concept.

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Trio Of Safety Bulletins Issued For Slingshot

Trio Of Safety Bulletins Issued For Slingshot

The old saying that “trouble comes in threes” seems to hold true for North American Slingshot owners as Polaris Industries releases three safety bulletins that have resulted in a recall in Canada with the same probably on the horizon for U.S. Slingshot SL and SLR owners. When it comes to safety-related problems, I view the Slingshot the same way I view motorcycles; every problem is a safety-related problem. Even if you don’t share my pessimistic views on the subject, I think you’ll have to agree that all three of these rate as mildly alarming at the very least. The following recall numbers are for Canada, but we can probably expect similar numbers here in the States.

Continue reading for more information on the Slingshot bulletins.

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2016 Polaris Slingshot Blue Fire SL Limited Edition

2016 Polaris Slingshot Blue Fire SL Limited Edition

A new look, just in case you needed even more attention

The weather is getting warmer, which means it might be time to go for a ride. Of course, full enjoyment of sun and sky requires a bit of cage-free motoring, and while some opt for two wheels between their thighs, others prefer the recline of a trike. While slightly more practical and a good deal more comfortable than a motorcycle, these three-wheeled machines are still very much out in the elements, offering a lot of the same benefits of a bike, but with fewer drawbacks. Polaris’ offering in this space is the Slingshot, and now, there’s a limited edition model that comes packing some very spiffy styling upgrades.

It’s called the Blue Fire SL, and mechanically, it’s identical to its non-exclusive brethren. That means two wheels for steering and stopping up front, one wheel for burnouts in back, and two seats in the middle. The stance hugs the ground, giving passengers a visceral sense of speed when in motion, and the suspension set-up was tuned to encourage a little back-road enthusiasm. 

So what makes the Blue Fire unique? Read on to find out.

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Tanner Foust Tears Up The Streets of San Diego With a Modified 2015 Slingshot SL: Video

Tanner Foust Tears Up The Streets of San Diego With a Modified 2015 Slingshot SL: Video

Foust shows what a modified Slingshot is capable of.

It was a little over a year ago that Polaris had to issue a stop-sale, no-drive recall on its sporty, three-wheeler known as the Slingshot. At the time, it was said that defective bearings in the steering rack could cause the loss of steering, plus the roll-over hoops on some models weren’t strong enough to support the performance of the vehicle. Since then, Polaris has apparently fixed the problems and has now released a video of Tanner Foust tearing up the streets and parking lots of San Diego, California with a modified 2015 Polaris Slingshot SL.

Needless to say, his slingshot has probably been through the recall, as he was certainly giving it a good beating. The Slingshot in the video has a turbocharged 2.4-liter Ecotech engine along with an AEM ignition system, QA1 Coil-overs, and a Willwood brake system with 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers. The tuned three-wheeler also rides on HRE wheels with Continental tires. It’s really not a bad setup for a little death machine.

There isn’t really much to say about the video – it is just Faust doing what we all wish we had the freedom to do on the street. Nevertheless, it’s fun to watch. It’s quite interesting to see the slingshot drifting and burning out around San Diego, so crank up the volume and enjoy this four-minute video. I sure did.

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Polaris Issues a Stop-Sale, No-Drive Recall on the Slingshot

Polaris Issues a Stop-Sale, No-Drive Recall on the Slingshot

Launched with bells and whistles as the three-wheeler that both bikers and sports car aficionados will love, the 2015 Polaris Slingshot has had a rather troublesome start to its career. First issue was that it couldn’t be registered in Texas because it didn’t have a saddle; then it couldn’t be registered in Connecticut because it has an enclosed driver seat and an engine that’s covered. And now we have strike three, as Polaris has released a recall stating that all Slingshot models should stop being sold and/or driven anywhere in the world. The reason is both simple and terrifying at the same time, since it’s possible that three-wheeled Polaris models may have defective ball bearings in the steering rack which can cause a total loss of steering, while the roll-over hoops on certain models might not "support the Polaris’ performance specifications."

In other words, driving the Polaris Slingshot at full throttle along a mountain pass may result in a serious injury due to loss of control due to the bearings, while the supposedly protective roll hoops could collapse should things get upside-down. Not exactly the best kind of advertising for the new sports vehicle. Apparently, all Slingshot owners received a letter informing them to stop taking their rides for a spin, while sales have been stopped at Polaris dealers until the scary safety issues are resolved.

There is currently no information regarding exactly how many vehicles may actually be affected by the problems, but Polaris dealers should be getting a service bulletin this week, while the repair parts will begin appearing in the dealer order system in a few days. Meanwhile, if you own a Polaris Slingshot you may want to park it for a little while.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Polaris Slingshot.

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2015 Polaris Slingshot

2015 Polaris Slingshot

The line between cars and motorcycles is getting thinner every day. Morgan’s Three Wheeler is open topped and uses the majority of bike’s powertrain for proulsion. Track day toys like the Ariel Atom promise the same type of acceleration as superbikes, and KTM, a motorcycle company, even builds a competitor to the Atom called the X-Bow. On the motorcycle side Can-Am has the Spyder, which is essentially a reversed trike. For 2015 we can add one more name to the list of motorcycle-car `tweeners: the Polaris Slingshot. The Slingshot features a design similar to the X-Bow, complete with a side-by-side seating arrangement, but it brings in the three-wheel layout of the Can-Am and Morgan.

Propulsion comes from a 2.4-liter, Ecotec four-cylinder sourced from General Motors that sends 173 ponies to the pavement. Yes, it’s time to yell "at least!" The Morgan 3-Wheeler is finally getting a competitor that can be acquired on U.S. soil without having to worry about import taxes and other headache-inducing duties.

Update 7/28/2014: Polaris has officially unveiled the long-awaited Slingshot. Read more after the jump

Click past the jump to read a little more on the Polaris Slingshot.

Read more