Polaris today announced a more luxurious variant of its Slingshot family, the Grand Touring LE. It features as standard equipment the Slingshade roof that was introduced as an accessory a few months ago, as well as quilted Comfort Seats that have previously been accessory items.

Additionally, the Grand Touring LE is equipped with a color-matched rear fender to harmonize with its Matte Cloud Gray and Indy Red paint finish, as well as Slingshot’s Ride Command with navigation infotainment system. It will retail for $29,999 when it hits dealers next month, slotting in just below the the $30,999 SLR-LE that features adjustable Bilstein shocks and forged aluminum wheels the GT-LE lacks; they are available as extra-cost accessory items.

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The media release below notes Slingshots are federally classified as motorcycles, although each state has its own distinctions. Some 41 states now classify it as an autocycle, which doesn’t require a motorcycle license to operate. More information is below.

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SLINGSHOT INTRODUCES THE ULTIMATE IN COMFORT, STYLE & TECHNOLOGY WITH NEW GRAND TOURING LE

Fully Loaded Limited Edition Packs Premier Factory Accessories –Including Slingshade Roof, Color-Matched Rear Fender, Quilted Comfort Seats & Ride Command with Navigation

MINNEAPOLIS (February 1, 2018) – So much for slipping out of town unnoticed. Today, Slingshot®, the bold three-wheeled roadster, introduced a new premium limited-edition model, the Grand Touring LE. Fully loaded and accessorized straight from the factory, the Grand Touring LE is the ultimate in comfort, style and technology.

Fully outfitted from the factory with everything you need to make your escape, the Grand Touring LE features the most ergonomically-friendly Slingshade roof, which offers superb rider comfort and sun protection. Additionally, drivers will sit comfortably with Slingshot’s Quilted Comfort Seats and experience the industry-leading Ride Command® infotainment system with turn-by-turn navigation.

Adding to the style and design, the Grand Touring LE features a color-matched rear fender, Matte Cloud Gray and Indy Red paint finish, and a Limited Edition Graphics package.

“The Grand Touring LE is a fully loaded limited-edition model for the driver looking for the latest and greatest in technology, rider comfort and premium styling,” said Rachael Elia, Slingshot Marketing Manager. “The Grand Touring LE is the perfect offering whether looking to escape town for the weekend or turn heads while cruising Main Street.”

In celebration of professional football’s Championship Game taking place in Slingshot’s backyard of Minneapolis, Slingshot will display the new Grand Touring LE outside Nicollet Mall and at Maxim Magazine’s famed “Big Game Party” on Saturday, February 3. Each display will provide fans in Minneapolis and Maxim party guests with the first in-person look at the all-new limited edition from Slingshot.

Although federally classified as a motorcycle, driving requirements for the Polaris Slingshot are directed by legislators at the state level. Under a new classification known as “autocycle,” Slingshot drivers in 41 states do not need a motorcycle endorsement to operate. They can enjoy the fun and exciting ride only a Slingshot can offer with a valid state driver’s license.

Starting at $29,999, the Grand Touring LE will be available at Polaris Slingshot dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada starting in early March. For more information about Slingshot, or to find a dealer, visit PolarisSlingshot.com.

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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.

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  • allworld

    Polaris should user the Motus V4 power plant.

    • DickRuble

      Ah, finally an economist joined the discussion. I totally see your point. A GM drop-in engine is about $3,700. A Motus dressed engine is only $10,220. I don’t see why Polaris wouldn’t do the switch.

      • Auphliam

        LOL’d

  • DickRuble

    Last year, Polaris blamed steep losses on the Slingshot, while claiming they had unparalleled growth in the motorcycle segment. I am taking bets on the Slingshot sales this year. Anyone? Nobody?

    • Alaskan18724

      Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

    • 12er

      See a bunch on CL…

    • Sayyed Bashir

      You’re doing good today.

    • Auphliam

      I haven’t seen any numbers, but I did see mention on another forum that PII is claiming increased sales for the Slingshot in Q4 ’17. Now whether that’s actual increased sales that will make a difference on the ledger, or the typical PII “increased sales” gibberish that we heard from them regarding Victory (right up until the “we never made a dime on them” disclosure), we’ll have to wait and see.

      • Kevin Duke

        Yep, I just published a story about Polaris’ financials. Slingshots sales are up nearly 50% over 2016. Sorry to piss on your Slingshot-hating parade, Dick.

        • DickRuble

          Yeah.. they sold 2 in 2016 and 3 in 2017. That’s 50% increase, after dropping from 6 in 2015 to 2 in 2016.

          • TonyCarlos

            Problem with your data dump, Dick, is that it does nothing to refute Kevin’s claim.

          • DickRuble

            Problem with your comment is that it betrays your IQ

        • Sayyed Bashir

          Kevin, don’t buy into the Polaris Industries BS. They always quote percentages, never actual numbers. 50% of what? How many Slingshots did they sell in 2016? This is exactly the same game they play with Indian sales. As stated by Auphliam above, they kept saying the same thing about Victory until they shut it down. If you are a moto-journalist, you should quote actual numbers, not percentages. That’s what HD does. That’s the only way to know what is actually going on.

          • Kevin Duke

            If I am a motojournalist, I will use all the information that is available. If you have actual numbers of individual units sold, please share them with me so I can update this article.

          • Sayyed Bashir

            Yes, Indian was selling about 24,000 bikes a year 5 months ago based on Steve Menneto’s comments at Bonneville in the following article you wrote:

            Indian Motorcycle Spirit Of Munro At Bonneville
            http://www.motorcycle.com/features/indian-motorcycle-spirit-of-munro-at-bonneville.html

            “Menneto says sales numbers of Indians are already three times better than Victory’s best years”. I commented: “Since the best years of Victory were about 8,000, Indian is selling about 24,000 bikes a year compared to Harley’s 260,289 bikes.” This was later confirmed by the salesperson at a Indian dealership in the comment section of the following article:

            Riding The Indian Scout FTR750!
            http://www.motorcycle.com/features/riding-the-indian-scout-ftr750.html

            Fast2win: As far as Indian sales, let’s just say we’re near 10% of what Harley does.

            I have no idea how many Slingshots were sold in 2016.

    • Douglas

      What kinda odds ya givin’?

    • DL Nielsen

      Didn’t Polaris have a lot of recalls on the Slingshot last year and/or the year before? Those eat into profit margins so probably account for the losses.
      According to The Motley Fool, Indian sales figures were up by 16% for 2017 over 2016 figures. Harley’s sales were down about 8% last year. And Harley is closing its Kansas City plant over the next year and consolidating all manufacturing at its York PA plant due to slumping sales.

      • Sayyed Bashir

        It is easy to claim a 16% sales growth when you are selling a few bikes. How many actual bikes did they sell? It is harder to do when you are selling 262,000 bikes annually like Harley Davidson.

  • Gary

    I think they should boost the power output and spin all three wheels. That otter make it more interesting to potential buyers.

  • Uncommon Sense

    I don’t see the point of these… none of the benefits of a motorcycle and all of the inconvenience of a car. Just go buy a legit convertible sports car like a Miata, etc.

    With that said, I see a ton of these around Chicago. Seems to be the choice of drug dealers and hoodrats with money to blow on a toy. Most are decked out with ground effects lights, big stereos, and all kinds of other tacky sh*t. They do turn heads though among the general populace who isn’t familiar with them.

    • Alaskan18724

      Miata money. If they made a Miata 10% bigger, like Batman’s Mercedes, I’d be all over it. As it is, even toys need to fit….

      • john phyyt

        KTM X-Bow

      • 12er

        Wife test drove one since it was all I could do to fit in the passenger seat with the top down. Maybe two and use them for skates?

      • TonyCarlos

        Audi TT roadster. A nice used one if you need to stay at $30k.

    • Douglas

      All that’s needed for those cats is an extended swingarm to be “streetbad”.

  • spiff

    Grand Touring you say? Seems like they would add another wheel for such a top of the line model.

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  • Old MOron

    I wonder if “Jungle Jane” will spring for this upscale version.
    Hey Jane, are you out there? Have you gotten your Slingshot yet?
    Did you ever make it out to Alice’s Restaurant?

  • Matt O

    drove one, loved it but no replacement for a motorcycle, and i think i’d rather have a miata.

    • Old MOron

      Oh, someone who has actually tested one, how cool.
      Tell us more. What did you love about it? Why would you get a Miata?

      • Matt O

        The front end feels great, light steering but still had good road feel, they’re very nimble. It’s also amazing how low to the ground it is, you can’t really tell from the pics but from the drivers seat you can reach the road with your hand. While driving I couldn’t really tell there was only one wheel at the back but rear traction is terrible, I spun the tire going into second and third. Around corners the rear wants to drift all the time, it feels like a car with skinny bald tires in the back. The dash sucks, the entertainment system is basic and in my opinion ugly, and there is no practical storage. I’ve driven Miatas of every gen and they are balanced and handle predictably. They tend to have good feel without having being too rough and the front will start to push before the rear gets too bad. They reward good technique but are not hardcore. They are fast enough to entertain but slow enough that you can drive them hard without go straight to jail speeding. They also are reasonably practical with things like a trunk and roof. They’re kinda like the ninja 300 of the car world.

        • Larry Kahn

          And you can buy perfectly fine used ones all day for $5K.

          • Matt O

            That too

        • Sayyed Bashir

          Good review. Pretty much describes the Slingshot. The rear wheel traction is bad because there is no weight on it. The engine and transmission are in front. There is no differential in the back, just a bevel gear and belt drive and a single sided swing arm. It is like a front wheel drive car in the front and a motorcycle with a fat tire in the back.

  • Gruf Rude

    As most everyone else has noted, this thing screams, “Miata!”

  • Sayyed Bashir

    I wouldn’t feel safe in a bad neighborhood in a plastic car. The pictures must be from the streets of Chicago. Expecting the tommy guns to start blasting away any moment.

    • jeff benson

      Don’t worry. A steel car isn’t much protection against that either.

    • Campi the Bat

      You’d think the absolute lack of crash testing would be the paramount safety concern.

      • khc

        The absence of crash testing seems like an amusing concern when voiced by a motorcyclist.

        • Campi the Bat

          If I’m going to be strapped into a car, I want it crash-tested. Worrying about scary poor people robbing me due to the flimsiness of my gullwing T-tops seems much sillier.

  • DickRuble

    What does SLR stand for? S*it Luck Returning/Reselling it?

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Sport Luxury Racing model.

      • Douglas

        All of you r wrong…..it means “Sit Low Roadster”….I bet.

        • Sayyed Bashir

          So what about the Basic S model? Sit? And the Sport Luxury SL model? Sit Low?

          • Douglas

            All distinct possibilities….

    • Larry Kahn

      Should Lose Revenue.

    • RyYYZ

      Slim Luggage Room.

  • Larry Kahn

    What part of this is motorcycle? Why is it here on Motorcycle.Com? Seriously…

    • Auphliam

      “What part of this is motorcycle?”
      The Title

    • Sayyed Bashir

      The rear end is a motorcycle with a single-sided swingarm, bevel gear, belt drive and a fat rear tire. And you are required to wear a helmet in some states.

  • kenneth_moore

    I used to believe this vehicle couldn’t possibly be more ridiculous. Silly me.

  • jeff benson

    Why is this thing on a motorcycle site? Because it’s guaranteed to generate a lot of hits. Lol.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Yeah, 70 so far. It would get ignored on a car site.

  • Travis

    Add another wheel and we can talk. I think it puts them into car classification in some countries, which requires a lot more safety testing and equipment. Trikes are kind of a loophole.

    • Douglas

      Put the 4th wheel in tandem behind the 3rd….should solve the traction problem….it also just needs snap-in side curtains, extend the windscreen up to the crossbar & a wiper to complete the pkg….oh, and some hdwe to install a trailer hitch…..then yr set for coast-to-coast, rain or shine.

      • Travis

        I like where your head is with this. These guys need this kind of out of the box thinking.

        • Sayyed Bashir

          They know exactly what they are doing. See Kevin’s comment above.

          • Travis

            I was being funny

      • Kevin Duke

        And then it would be classified as a car, and then it wouldn’t exist. The 3-wheel layout allows sidestepping a raft of safety provisions.

        • Douglas

          Welll….I think it oughta be classified as more of a contraption than anything else, at least that’s how I’ve always thought of it….

  • RyYYZ

    Does the “Grand Touring” model have any sort of provisions for storage? Seems a major oversight for something which one might want to use for a trip longer than a day. My Fazer 8 with a trunk has more storage space than one of these things.

    Still like to try one out, though.

    • Goose

      Thank you for pointing out what should be obvious to anybody, even Polaris’ marketing team.

    • Sayyed Bashir

      It is just a fair weather run-about for the weekend, nothing more.

  • John E Webb

    The Kabota 3 cylinder 20 hp diesel engine I put in my sail boat burns 1 qt. per hr. – if it was in this contraption I’m thinking 200 mpg?

    • Sayyed Bashir

      Kubota?

  • Ricky Lepre

    Holly Bat-mobile batman!That is one ugly bike/car/tricycle.

  • roma258

    That’s a car. Polaris invented the car.

  • Andrew Capone

    Here’s the thing with the Slingshot. It ‘s huge for what it is. And while fun, it’s not fun enough. For comparison, actual size: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/84d54e45ea6376afdddda348fdae2fb724597e1713442269a75b325a0b346574.jpg

  • HeDidn’tWeDid

    If I had disposable income I’d probably get one. I see several of these running around Arkansas in the Spring/Summer. That passenger tub sits pretty low, so possum clearance doesn’t look so swell. I’d also not like hitting a deer in one since the front end is so low and would put your head right at belly height. Positives are the semi-open cockpit will allow you all the same olfactory sensations of motorcycle riding, including riding through the exhaust vent output of chicken sheds. Negatives are you could buy a nice used S550 Mustang GT AND a ZX14R for the same money.

  • Vrooom

    It look like a speed bump would rip the front side fairings off. Kind of impractical, maybe there’s a bunch of luggage room you don’t see, but a grand touring model should at least hold a couple of carry on size items.

  • Novi Dwi Prasetya

    Who is this made for? The motorcyclist who wishes they had a car but none of the storage, comfort or true all-weather uses? The sports car enthusiast who thinks they have one too many wheels? The banker who was going to set 31,000 dollars on fire but figured what the heck?

    Seriously, this is going to do nothing but lose a lot of money.