Polaris Slingshot Interior

2021 Polaris Slingshot R: By the Numbers

  • Base value (as examined): $19,999 ($35,649) each earlier than vacation spot
  • Powertrain: 2.0-liter four-cylinder | 5-speed automated | rear-wheel drive
  • Horsepower: 203 @ 8,250 rpm
  • Torque: 144 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm
  • 0-60: 4.9 seconds (est.)
  • Prime velocity: 125 mph (restricted)
  • Curb weight: 1,653 kilos
  • Fast take: Not fairly as wild to drive as it’s to take a look at. It is bought loads of energy with out being overbearing, a virtually equal mixture of present and go along with an emphasis on cruising.
Caleb Jacobs


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Is It Sensible?

Clearly, the Slingshot isn't a sensible day by day driver, but it surely's higher than a motorbike. There's loads of storage within the cabin for small gadgets, together with a lined armrest and lockable glovebox. Behind every seat there's a lockable storage field that's giant sufficient for a helmet, so that you don't have to hold it all over the place you go. There's no trunk although, so in case your groceries don't match behind the seats, they must go by the passenger's ft.

The dearth of roof will be a problem if it.. you already know… rains. You get moist, however not less than the inside is water-resistant. If you would like, Polaris provides a couple of roof choices referred to as the Tour Prime and Slingshade. We’ll warn you although, they’re expensive at $1,899 and $3,399, respectively. In our trustworthy opinion, a roof type of sullies the Slingshot expertise. Although it lacks any heating or air-con, Polaris makes heated/ventilated seats that will make it far more comfy in freezing or scorching temperatures.

Is It Enjoyable?

Heck yeah the Polaris Slingshot is enjoyable. Having no roof means the air is at all times flowing over you, but it surely's extra pronounced than a traditional convertible. There's a small windshield that blocks the wind greater than you'd anticipate, however we'd nonetheless advocate sporting a helmet even when your state doesn't require it. Simply think about a bug hitting you within the face at 50 mph. Other than the wind, the Slingshot's engine is ever-present, by no means actually fading into the background like a traditional automobile. You'd higher get pleasure from consideration, as a result of this automobile calls for it.

Whether or not it's the loud engine, the music blasting from the audio system, or the insane seems to be, somebody is at all times you whereas driving a Slingshot. There's one thing enjoyable about that. The fixed stares can get overwhelming at occasions, however you finally study to just accept them. Apart from a supercar, we've by no means pushed something that will get observed this a lot. Contemplating the Slingshot's $20,799 beginning value, that's a formidable feat. What else attracts stares at that value?

Making the Shift

Polaris additionally labored on the shift motion of the usual five-speed guide transmission, including heft to the shifter and arriving at a properly notchy motion. For the primary time, the five-speed guide is not the only transmission. A single-clutch, five-speed Magneti Marelli-sourced automated guide has joined the lineup. Normal on the SL and a $1700 choice on the R, the AutoDrive transmission is the perfect argument but for studying to drive stick.


Keep in mind when Ferrari used to cite shift occasions for its single-clutch transmissions in milliseconds? This one would want a unique unit of time measurement. Like milliminutes. Or epochs. And since there is not any guide management in anyway, the driving force has no say over which gear the transmission decides to make use of. There is a crimson button on the steering wheel that selects Slingshot Mode, a form of sport mode that predisposes the transmission to carry gears longer, however that is the extent of your affect over it. There is not any launch mode, both, however that is a moot level when you possibly can easily roast the Slingshot’s rear tire up to about 30 mph.

Usually we might assume that such an odd engineering alternative—on this case, passing on any variety of glorious torque-converter or dual-clutch automated transmissions—stems from some monetary reckoning. Nevertheless it’s not like Italian sequential transmissions are low-cost. They’re, nevertheless, light-weight, and that was the prime consideration. The Magneti Marelli unit provides solely 14 kilos to the Slingshot’s curb weight, which is available in at a trim Polaris-claimed 1654 kilos for an R with AutoDrive. Both a torque-converter or dual-clutch transmission would have added not less than 60 kilos, Polaris says. And that was a no-go, because of the Slingshot’s standing as an “autocycle,” a designation that varies from state to state however can embrace a 1749-pound weight cap.


And Polaris very a lot needs the Slingshot designated as an autocycle, since these needn’t meet automotive security or emissions laws, nor do they require a motorbike license to function. That is the perfect of each worlds, if you happen to’re an organization constructing a Slingshot form of factor. Because it occurs, Polaris lists the “max moist weight” of the Slingshot at 1,749 kilos. What a coincidence! Two states, New York and Massachusetts, nonetheless insist that you just want a motorbike license for a Slingshot.

LOWS: Traction restricted off the road, nonetheless weird, clumsy automated transmission choice, not cheap.

The Verdict

The Polaris Slingshot R is sweet. In case you’re contemplating shopping for one however have held off to date for causes that are not monetary, then I would say to go forward. Simply do not anticipate it to do all of the issues a traditional automobile can, like hold you dry and retailer one thing bigger than carry-on baggage. Clearly. It is a toy, not a day by day driver.

However there’s excellent news for individuals who cannot or do not need to spend roughly $35,000 on one—you may get a base mannequin for method cheaper. The usual Slingshot S—which has a barely detuned 178-hp engine—clocks in at $20,000 earlier than vacation spot. For that, you get the stick-shift and the identical wild seems to be, minus all of the stuff you may not care about—options like that fancy audio system, back-up digital camera, and touchscreen show.

I did not anticipate to love the three-wheeler as a lot as I did. Fact be advised, I did not really feel like a jerk driving it, even with all the eye it attracted. I had a good time behind the wheel and simply since you’re having enjoyable, it would not make you a nasty particular person. That is a nasty mind-set. The Polaris brings professional pleasure to its drivers so let folks do their factor—in any case, in the event that they’re in a Slingshot, I extremely doubt they’d be frowning.

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