Awesome 2017 Polaris Slingshot Got A Roof And Much More
Will the new Slingshot roof convince a whole new line of buyers?
Updated October 11, 2018
This is the newest Polaris Slingshot and it received a roof. Yes, a roof called the Slingshot Slingshade. Cool name for a T-top created to protect from the elements. This one can be attached and detached from the car rather easily giving the 2017 Polaris Slingshot an even more interesting look and feel than before. Do you need it? Maybe! Does it protect from the rain? We are not quite sure because the car remains open at the sides at all times! Does it cripple the ease of access? It should not as it has somewhat nicely designed roof panels which lift when one has to get in the car. It looks a bit “Gulwingish”. And finally, does this 2017 optional upgrade cost much!? Perhaps, as Polaris has priced it at $2,999.99.
But the Slingshot Slingshade is not the only addition. The 2017 Slingshot received a new trim level, new personalization options, more equipment on the lesser trim levels and the price remained much the same.
Now, the top-end version is called the Polaris Slingshot SLR. “Slingshot’s new 2017 line-up takes the vehicle to the next level,” said President of Polaris Motorcycles Steve Menneto. “With the new SLR, premium upgrades on the SL, and 31 new accessories… we are giving our customers more ways to personalize their experience and make Slingshot their own.”
As it turns out, this version takes the Polaris into the realm of proper sporty machines. The SLR adds interesting equipment on top of the Polaris SL. Sparco parts include new aluminum pedals, a new gearshift knob, and new steering. To ensure that the SLR rides a bit better than other versions, Polaris rigged it with a much wider rear tire, now measuring 305mm in width (compared to 255 mm and 265 mm of the lesser packages). Also, the composite disk brakes give better braking performance. The 2017 Polaris Slingshot SLR should corner better, brake harder and thanks to all new forged aluminum wheels, look better. Open air-intake is the last upgrade directly affecting the driving characteristics. Sure, not by much, but then again, we hope all these changes add up to sharper and more fun to drive Slingshot.
Upgrading the Slingshot SL, Polaris introduced two new colors – Sunset Red and Black Pearl and an all new clear Ripper Series wind deflector. These are standard on the SL trim. Also, the trim includes new hood graphics, cut-and-sew seats, and a premium Rockford Fosgate audio system. Neat stuff for sure.
Getting into the personalization business, the company offers a multitude of options for audio riding gear, new storage compartments, and much more. Polaris certainly did their magic giving the car much-needed improvements and getting it even more in line with the regular cars of today.
Still, the engine and the transmission remained the same. The 2017 Polaris Slingshot is powered by a 2.4 liter, four-cylinder, GM Ecotec engine developing 173 hp. It channels the power to the rear wheels via the five-speed transmission. This setup gives the Slingshot a rather nice performance figures – Zero to 60 mph: 4.6 sec; Zero to 100 mph: 12.1 sec; Standing ¼-mile: 13.6 sec; Top speed: 130 mph. Considering that the least expensive one is priced at $21,999, these numbers are quite impressive. The Slingshot SLR price, on the other hand, is steeper at $28,499, while the Polaris Slingshot SL goes for $25,499.
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