THE 2023 POLARIS SLINGSHOT RANGE ALMOST MAKES US WANT A WEIRD CAR BIKE HYBRID.
The Polaris Slingshot is a strange beast. It’s a motorbike of sorts but features a very car-like front-end complete with two wheels and headlights on each side while the rear features a single drive wheel as per a regular motorbike. They’re amazing-looking things and after seeing a few up close here in SA, we can happily say we’re fans. They first appeared on the automotive scene in 2014 and quickly gained a cult-like following, spurred on after being featured in rap videos by Chris Brown and Ruff Ryders fanatic DMX, along with cameos in movies like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadow, Free Guy and Jumanji. Not forgetting TV appearances in Hollyoaks, Black-ish and even the Tiger King documentary. For 2023 the Polaris product line features the Slingshot S, Slingshot SL, Slingshot SLR and the range-topping Slingshot R. They feature a host of new options, colourways and accessories that can be configured to suit individual tastes and budgets. “Whether you’re looking to elevate your everyday, escape on an epic adventure, or utilize the three-wheel canvas for self-expression, the 2023 Polaris Slingshot delivers limitless possibilities to design your perfect ride,” said Chris Sergeant, Polaris Slingshot Vice President. “Each year we continue to evolve the lineup by listening to our riders, and this year is another example of thoughtful additions and enhancements that answer the call and serve our passionate owners.”
There’s a new range of customer requested accessories like a RAM® X-Grip phone mount and an Excursion rear-view Mirror. There’s an enhanced infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth, USB, Apple CarPlay®, and turn-by-turn GPS navigation. We find over 50 new premium painted accessories available like the Slingshade top, rear fender, exterior painted accents, belt guard and front grille and a variety of integrated storage bags. Customers can also choose between different wheels, seats, and hoods. Other features include heated and cooled seats, premium wheels, a Brembo braking system, a 100-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, interior LED lighting and more. The range kicks off with the Slingshot S at $21,499, the Slingshot SL starts at $27,499, the Slingshot SLR starts at $30,399 and the big daddy Slingshot R starts at $33,999. They can also be had with a manual or automatic transmission too. The Slingshot range uses a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder powerplant with 130 kW on tap.
Take a look at the YouTube video review of the 2023 Polaris Slingshot done by someone who knows way more about these strange but oddly great-looking 3-wheel motorbike thingamajigs than we do: 2023 Polaris Slingshot Review | Autobytel
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