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Polaris SLINGSHOT, Vegas, Karen Marseille, Tyler Jacob, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

TYLER JACOB × SLINGSHOT

Written by Tyler Jacob

Edited by Vaughn Lowery

Photos/video by Karen Marseille

The 2020 new age, all improved, must-have Polaris Slingshot has been revealed in Vegas; and we had the exclusive chance to get behind the wheel. Not merely as beautiful on the outside, you can witness the time put into the fabrication as the interior matched the exterior. It’s perfect blend of luxury and sport with the comfort of a compact vehicle but the ride thrill of a motorcycle.

It’s Automatic – New AutoDrive Transmission Allows More Drivers to Join the Slingshot Community 

New Polaris ProStar 2.0L DOHC Four-Cylinder Engine Delivers up to 203 Horsepower at 8250 RPM

Available with the New AutoDrive Transmission or Manual, each with 2 Drive Modes for a Customizable Drive

Fully Redesigned Interior and Upgraded Finishes Brings Refinement and Style Into the Cockpit

Revised Chassis and Suspension Improves Handling and Vehicle Dynamics

Musician turned model, Tyler Jacob took us behind the scenes to get a look at the stylish yet avant-garde 2020 Polaris Slingshot. This is the introduction of their four-cylinder engine featuring 70 percent new vehicle content, the 2020 Slingshot SL and Slingshot R take the Slingshot experience to a whole new level. 

“We are excited to announce Slingshot’s first-ever automatic style transmission. Our new AutoDrive transmission will open the door for more people to get in, stand out, and take their driving experience to a whole new level,” asserts Mike Dougherty, President of Polaris Slingshot. “With roughly 70 percent all-new content, we left no stone unturned both inside and out. The all-new ProStar 2.0L engine delivers more power and more fun, while the completely redesigned cockpit and interior elevates the shared experience for both the driver and their passenger.”

INTERIOR

As we entered the cabin, we took note of the new premium leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel with multi-function controls and integrated cruise control which immediately redefines the personal connection between the driver and vehicle. The redesigned cockpit was purposeful in its execution. Keeping the driver and passenger top-of-mind, 2020 models featured the following enhancements: a padded center console, added storage compartments for mobile devices, enlarged and repositioned cup holders and LED interior lighting. 

TECHNOLOGY 

For 2020, Slingshot introduces exciting updates to its Ride Command infotainment system with a completely redesigned display featuring a new quad-core processor to provide a faster, more responsive interaction. Talk about driver intuition. The seven-inch display receives an improved viewing angle and even brighter screen, allowing drivers and passengers to easily view and interact with the system in broad daylight. Available as standard equipment for both models, Ride Command provides convenient access to key vehicle information and mobile phone pairing via two USB ports or via Bluetooth®. Drivers can access AM/FM radio or listen to their favorite music with crystal-clear audio thanks to the 100-watt Rockford Fosgate® audio system. This system delivers a decent sound for lengthy road trips while the wind whisks pass your helmet.

Standard with the Slingshot R, and an optional upgrade for the SL, are Ride Command’s connected services featuring turn-by-turn navigation with an intuitive search system. The GPS offering includes special routing options to locate the shortest, fastest or most scenic route. Drivers can also build a route with multiple waypoints and access real-time traffic and weather overlays to ensure clear roads for the most enjoyable driving experience. By utilizing the Ride Command mobile app, drivers can remotely access key vehicle data and conveniently plan ride routes ahead of time. 

“The 2020 lineup embodies what Slingshot stands for – a creative escape to enjoy the road ahead,” said Dougherty. “We are unveiling a vehicle that truly embodies the adventurous spirit the brand stands for, the social nature of our customers, and the stand-out attitude only a Slingshot can deliver.”

PERFORMANCE

At the heart of the 2020 Slingshot is Polaris Industries’ first four-cylinder engine, the ProStar 2.0L. Tuned to perfection and put through an exhaustive track and on-road testing program, the ProStar 2.0L was designed to deliver a range of performance capabilities and to enhance an already incredible on-road experience. The SL packs 178 horsepower at an incredible 8500 RPM, while the new R model redlines at 8500 RPM and puts out a jaw-dropping 203 peak horsepower at 8250 RPM – an increase of 30 horsepower when compared to the previous powertrain. With an all-new tuned exhaust, the ProStar engine roars down the road, ensuring everyone within ear-shot will take notice. In addition, it possses better cornering and braking than it’s predecessor.

With an improved suspension and chassis, the 2020 Slingshot is a game-changer – offering a driving experience in-line with its bold, look-at-me styling. The 2020 Slingshot exterior features a refreshed frontasia with a bodacious new signature look that only Slingshot can own. Upgrades include: new front accent lighting; new LED headlamps and signature taillights; all-new wheels and wheel options and stand-out paint as well as graphic schemes.

Accessible via the Ride Command system, or right from the steering wheel, are Slingshot’s all-new drive modes. Whether standing out during a comfortable cruise downtown or embarking on a weekend adventure through the twisty backroads, each mode provides a personalized driving experience with the ultimate connectivity between vehicle and road. “Comfort” mode is best suited for leisurely rides, while “Slingshot” mode delivers a sporty, connected, high-revving driving experience. Perfect for grabbing attention while cruising on the beach or Las Vegas Strip.

DESIGN

Slingshot owners celebrate life in their own way, and customize their Slingshots to match. That self-expression is amplified with Slingshot Engineered Accessories. New for 2020 are 23 new accessories curated into inspirational collections, including a Design, a Weekender and a Premier series. The Design series makes a statement at every streetlight with a variety of colorful components options from top-to-bottom, front-to-back. The Weekender series features overnight bags and added storage options – allowing drivers to hit the road packed for adventure. Additionally, the smartly-styled Slingshade and Ripper Tinted Wind Deflector provide improved driver comfort and protection from the elements. The Premier series combines the best elements of function, style and comfort, including Ride Command navigation, premier wheel set, interior LED lighting, and a rear fender. Each series is specifically designed to inspire personalization, as all parts are sold individually – allowing drivers to mix and match to create the ultimate piece of self-expression. 

PRICE POINT

Starting at $26,499, the SL with AutoDrive is available in Red Pearl and Blue Steel paint colors. Pricing for the R model begins at $30,999 for a manual and $32,699 for AutoDrive. Both R options are available in Stealth Black and Miami Blue paint colors.

The 2020 Slingshot lineup will ship to U.S. dealers this spring.

Pre-order.  

About Polaris Slingshot

Polaris Slingshot, a wholly-owned brand of Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII), continues to define the category through style, ride experience and community with our three-wheeled autocycle. With AutoDrive and manual transmission options, an open cockpit, side-by-side seating, 5” ride height and a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder engine, Slingshot comes in a variety of models that are sure to make a statement. Step into a Slingshot for an adventurous and unrivaled ride experience. Learn more, visit slingshot.polaris.com.  

*Slingshot is a three-wheeled motorcycle. It is not an automobile.  It does not have airbags and it does not meet automotive safety standards. Three wheel vehicles may handle differently than other vehicles, especially in wet conditions. Always wear a DOT-approved full-face helmet and fasten seatbelts. The Driver may need a valid motorcycle endorsement.

**In the state of California, this vehicle can be operated without a helmet because it contains a steering wheel and foot brakes.  

Polaris Slingshot, 360 MAGAZINE, auto

POLARIS SLINGSHOT

OFFERING 350,000 REASONS
TO “TREAT YOURSELF” THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

From October Through December, Slingshot is Serving Up Holiday Bonus Cash “Treats” Ranging From $250 to $2,000 by Playing the Treat Yourself Game

This holiday season, take the time to “Treat Yourself” with the ultimate gift of self-expression – a Polaris Slingshot three-wheeled roadster. Today, Polaris Slingshot announced a holiday sales event with more than $350,000 in bonus cash offers – allowing consumers to treat themselves with all the fun, excitement, and head-turning originality only the three-wheeled Slingshot delivers.

Running until December 31, 2019, consumers can visit PolarisSlingshot.com, enter their information, and randomly receive one of 9,000 bonus cash codes ranging from $250 to $2,000. The discount code will instantly be gifted via email and redeemable at a Polaris Slingshot dealership. Consumers can also treat themselves with all-new Slingshot apparel in October and receive discounts on Slingshot factory accessories in the months of November and December.

“The holidays are a special time to not only shower gifts on family and friends, but also reward yourself with a gift that keeps on giving and makes a bold statement every time you hit the road,” said Chris Sergeant, Vice President of Polaris Slingshot. “And while you’re treating yourself behind the wheel, you can also treat family and friends riding shotgun with the unique driving experience that can only be found in a Slingshot.”

With pricing ranging from $20,999 to $30,999, each Slingshot model allows drivers to turn heads, showcase their personality, and have unlimited on-road fun behind the steering wheel of the three-wheeled roadster. Each Slingshot model, including the S, SL, SLR and Grand Touring, is powered by a 2.4L GM Ecotec engine that creates 173 horsepower and 166 ft-lbs of torque. With a vehicle weight of just over 1,700 pounds, the Slingshot delivers an unheard-of weight-to-power ratio – resulting in quick acceleration and unmatched fun. The open-air driving experience of a Slingshot combines the thrill of riding a motorcycle with the comfort of side-by-side sport bucket seats.

Owners can further enhance their ride and showcase their individuality through Slingshot Engineered Accessories or from a number of aftermarket suppliers. Slingshot factory accessories add style, functionality and ride-enhancing technology, such as the color-matched Slingshade® top, a 100-watt Rockford Fosgate® audio system, seven-inch, touch-screen Ride Command® infotainment system, wind deflectors, accent graphics, colored belt guards, color-matched rear fenders and additional side storage bags.


For more information about Slingshot, the Treat Yourself program, or to find a dealer, visit PolarisSlingshot.com.

About Polaris Slingshot
Polaris Slingshot®, a product of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is a three-wheeled motorcycle that delivers a ride like nothing else you’ve ever experienced. The Slingshot is powered by a 2.4-liter engine with a five-speed manual transmission and comes in a variety of models that will leave you grinning from ear-to-ear. To learn more, visit www.PolarisSlingshot.com.

Slingshot® is a three-wheeled motorcycle. It is not an automobile and does not meet automotive safety standards. Drivers should always wear helmets and seat belts. Three wheeled vehicles may handle differently than other vehicles, especially in wet conditions. Always wear a DOT approved full face helmet and fasten seat belts. Driver may need a valid motorcycle endorsement. Rider licensing requirements vary by state. Check your state’s requirements before driving. Don’t drink and drive. Unless noted, trademarks are the property of Polaris Industries Inc. © Polaris Industries Inc.

ECOTEC® is a registered trademark of General Motors LLC

ROCKFORD FOSGATE® is a registered trademark of Rockford Corporation.

Slingshot Launches Revolutionary Slingshade

Slingshot®, the bold, three-wheeled roadster, today launched the revolutionary SlingshadeTM, a color-matched top offering superb rider comfort and sun protection. Designed with perfect fitment, Slingshade acts as a perfectly-matched, aesthetically superior extension of the vehicle.

Slingshot Slingshade is the most ergonomically friendly top on the market – designed to comfortably fit an adult up to 6’4” while maximizing vehicle entry and exit points. Setting the standard with vertical gull-wing panels that have superior fit and finish, and, the Slingshade flaunts sleek lines complementing its exhilarating style features.  Further, Slingshot has deliberately optimized frame materials in the manufacturing process with strong, lightweight construction and 70 percent Polycarbonate tinted windows to prevent fading and provide better sun protection.

The Slingshot engineers meticulously designed the Slingshade to be an extension of the machine’s flaunting sleek lines, using the same automotive grade paint and rear styling fins to blend seamlessly with the factory lines in Slingshot’s 2017 and 2018 model lineups.

Joining the already distinctive lineup of accessories, the Slingshade is offered in colors to perfectly match Slingshot Factory Paint, and is available at local dealerships for purchase and installation by a trained Slingshot technician starting September 5, 2017.

“The Slingshade was created for drivers and riders to discover and achieve the same open-road, three-wheeled feel accomplished when driving a Slingshot, yet adding protection from the elements,” said Rachael Elia, Slingshot Marketing Manager.  “There is no comparison of the open-air rush achieved while driving a Slingshot, and the Slingshade provides the perfect barrier from the sun without compromising style.”

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Slingshade details:

Available to 2017 Slingshot owners and, the Slingshade comes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $2,499 USD. Key details include:

  • Strong and lightweight frame
  • Rider comfort and wind protection
  • Polycarbonate window with 70 percent tint for better sun protection
  • Maximized entry and exit designed to comfortably fit an adult up to 6 feet 4 inches
  • Gull-wing door design
  • Dual closures including:
    • Magnets allowing for easy entry/exit
    • Latch system to secure doors during the ride
  • Friction hinge technology

Slingshot Engineered Accessories

Owners can customize and personalize their Slingshot with dozens of Slingshot Engineered Accessories, including 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.

For more information about Slingshot visit PolarisSlingshot.com. Follow us at Facebook.com/PolarisSlingshot, @Slingshot on Twitter and @polarisslingshot on Instagram.

 

TRACK DAY WITH LIFERUSH ADVENTURES

By Anthony Sovinsky + Vaughn Lowery

Humans are unique in their ability to overcome the unimaginable. We are forced to explore the unknown –  to push our physical and mental limits. Brave people have taken chances and it has shaped our universe for the better. Whether we are attempting to climb the highest mountain or land our dream job, the thrill of doing something we haven’t done before creates a spark and meaning in our lives. For some of us this becomes a constant journey of discovering the next big thrill or adventure to add to the list of successes. Whether it be a bucket list item or just a childhood aspiration.

LifeRush Adventures is a society striving to deliver outdoor adventures that appeal to the adrenal glands. Recently, we received the pleasure of accompanying them on a trip to the world renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This course has been in operation for over 40+ years and has hosted some of the greatest races of all time. In 2008, Mazda Raceway was home to the Redbull U.S. Grand Prix where Valentino Rossi (multiple MotoGP World Champion) overtakes Casey Stoner in The Corkscrew (one of the hardest turns in motor racing in which you hit a blind cress into a three-story drop with a unique left-right combination) to win the race. It was Rossi’s first win in America; and he kisses The Corkscrew in front of 150,000 spectators. 

LifeRush Adventures in collaboration with Fast Toys Club makes these spectacular track events possible. Every month they take a different track and list an exotic car to commission (Lamborghini Huracan, Porsche 911, Audi R8, etc.) for your driving pleasure. Or, if you own a sports car, you can track it at $359/day.  Moreover, they possess excellent team building/corporate packages, beginning at $3,000 (includes one supercar plus six laps around the track per person). 

At Mazda Raceway, we were offered a 2017 Corvette Z06. In the morning, we started out with an instructional meeting on how to navigate the track: how and when to pass vehicles; the distinction of flags used; additional safety measures and the proper way to ‘hit the apex.’

Moments after, we paired up with a coach (or ride along instructor), we strapped on our helmets and fastened our passenger seat belts. If you’re a confident driver just hop in the driver’s seat.

LifeRush Adventures also offers an array of spontaneous activities: helicopter tours, costal exotic car drives, paddle boarding and flyboarding.

For additional information on packages and services visit: LifeRushAdventures.com

POLARIS SLINGSHOT

Story: Vaughn Lowery × Anthony Sovinsky 

Photos: Tyren Redd 

You’ve been working all winter for a chance to display the fruits of your labor during the hottest time of the year – summer!  What better way to stunt than in a new 2017 Polaris Slingshot SLR on a sunny California day. Sure, a motobike is a great option, but if you don’t possess a motorcycle license and/or the skills to drive one, it can be a very daunting process.  Problem solved – the Slingshot slightly encompasses the aesthetics of a motorcycle with less red tape (in the state of California) because it can be operated with a basic driver’s license (search licensing requirements in your state here and/or contact your local law enforcement agency for details).

What exactly is the Slingshot? It’s a three-wheeled car, delivering an emotion which can’t be evoked by any car or motorcycle – it’s in a league of its own. In the rear, its opened frame sits on one 20″ 305mm wide rear Kenda Tire attached to an enormous swing arm which rides on a color matching coilover. Up front, they’re two 18″ wheels attached to two forged aluminum control arms, making it 77.2 inches wide and creating a longer wheelbase than a Lamborghini Huracan. 

With 0-60 MPH in 5.3 seconds, the SLR is propelled by a 173HP 2.4L DOCH 4-cylinder engine with a 5-speed manual transmission (approximately 1762lbs with 163LB-FT torque). The vehicle is light enough for quick acceleration and maneuverability. Even with a passenger, there’s an occasional sideways take off with an aggressive 1st to 2nd gear shift alongside of a slight burnout. 

On the other hand, the breaking and suspension is soft so allow yourself a few hours to adjust. And, if you decide to travel on an interstate highway with trucks, the short windguard isn’t enough to protect your face against rocks and debris. We recommend wearing protective headwear; or at minimum, rock some shades alongside of a folded bandana wrapped around the forehead. Moreover, you should use tons of sunscreen to combat harsh UV rays. Lastly, if it rains, don’t fret because the interior is completely waterproof with small openings in the floor to release access water.

The SLR comes in 2 distinct colors, Orange Madness and Turbo Silver, both showcasing eye-catching full body graphics. The interior contains two race-inspired bucket seats with 3-point harness and Sparco touch points that include the steering wheel, shift knob as well pedal covers. Ergonomic seats and adjustable steering wheel allow you to create an optimal driving experience. Also, comes standard with locked key storage cabinets behind both seats for your helmet (wearing protective headgear is optional within the state of California) and/or small cargo (light jacket, a bag of groceries, etc.). 

For late night excursions, SLR has an ambient interior LED lighting kit (toggles between white or blue) to add some visibility inside the cockpit. This sporty trimobile also features a premium Rockford Fosgate speaker system which drowns out most engine noise while also allowing bystanders to enjoy your music taste levels. The 4.3-inch screen display shows media that’s currently being played and back up display automatically turns on when vehicle goes into reverse, remedying tons of blind spots. In addition, the infotainment system comes with Bluetooth capability for both audio/smartphone coupled with USB connectivity which can be retrieved from inside glove compartment. 

The 2017 Polaris Slingshot SLR is undoubtedly one of a kind, giving you an unmatched driving experience with the thrill of a motorcycle but the drivability of a mini roadster (or a convertible Mazda Miata). At around $28,499 USD, the SLR is an attractive choice for this summer’s automotive toy to share with both your friends and family. 

#PolarisSlingshot is #360Recommended for #GoodTimes!!!

For additional information on Polaris Slingshot SLR visit here.

About Polaris
For millions of people around the world, Minnesota’s Polaris has become synonymous with adventure and passion, in both work and play. For more than 60 years, they’ve been making high-quality, breakthrough products—whether it’s launching the snowmobile industry, reinventing ATV categories year after year, developing the first purpose-built military vehicles or introducing a radical 3-wheel moto-roadster.

From their entrepreneurial roots as a mechanical shop, they’ve grown into one of the world’s largest Powersports companies. And in recent years, they’ve expanded beyond Powersports into adjacent markets, like commercial and military vehicles, where they can add value. Today, Polaris offers a diverse portfolio of best-in-class brands.

http://www.polaris.com