2018 Polaris Slingshot Lineup Announced

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Polaris announced its 2018 Slingshot lineup including a new limited edition version of the Slingshot SLR. The base-level Slingshot is now known as the Slingshot S, and it sees a two-grand price drop to $19,999. This brings the 2018 three-wheeler line up to four models: the Slingshot S, Slingshot SL, Slingshot SLR and the new Slingshot SLR LE.

The big update for 2018 is the new Ride Command infotainment system. An optional accessory on the S model but standard on the others, the Ride Command system includes a 7-inch multi-touch display with Bluetooth connectivity, phone integration, USB and customizable information screens. On the SLR and SLR LE, Ride Command includes turn-by-turn navigation (Slingshot S and SL owners can purchase the navigation feature as an optional add-on).

“The introduction of Ride Command merges modern conveniences of today’s latest technology with Slingshot’s high-adrenaline riding experience,” says Kevin Reilly, vice president of marketing for Slingshot. “The addition of the SLR LE rounds out our vehicle offerings with a premium model for those who demand the absolute best.”

The Slingshots are all powered by a 2384cc engine from GM claiming 173 hp at 6200 rpm and 166 lb-ft at 4700 rpm, paired with a five-speed manual transmission.

The new SLR LE package adds BILSTEIN 10-way adjustable suspension, a 200w Rockford Fosgate audio system, and premium sport seats with color-matched side bolsters. The Slingshot SLR LE (pictured below) will be available in a Ghost Gray color with Lime Squeeze accents and special edition graphics for $30,999.

The Slingshot S will be offered in Gloss Black for $19,999, down from the $21,999 Polaris was asking for the 2017 Slingshot. The SL is available in Navy Blue and Sunset Red (shown below) for $25,499. For the extra dough, the SL gets you a back-up camera, windscreen, color accented seats, a Rockford Fosgate audio system and Ride Command.

Another step up is the Slingshot SLR for $28,999 and a choice of Electric Blue or Orange Madness. The SLR adds navigation, sportier seats, Sparco steering wheel, shifter and pedal covers, forged aluminum wheels, a 305mm rear tire, two-piece composite brake discs and a tinted wind deflector.

The 2018 Polaris Slingshot lineup arrives in dealerships in September.

Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • TC TC on Jul 31, 2017

    Polaris should dump this unprofitable monstrosity and spend the money designing and building an Indian Sport Tourer. They could buy Motus.

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    • Kevin Duke Kevin Duke on Aug 25, 2017

      Yep, I've seen a few. SoCal has a good climate for a three-wheeled car without a roof!

  • Meaty Midrange Meaty Midrange on Aug 01, 2017

    I drove one of these around Miami Beach. I was at the Eagle Rider store waiting to start a Key West ride and the owner tossed me the keys. On the up side it reminded me of my first car, an AH Sprite. You feel very directly connected to the vehicle. However, the swingarm rear-end was a mess. It felt like it was jacking around like crazy, making weird noises etc. It felt to me like there's too much vehicle weight and horsepower for a single-sided swingarm and belt drive to handle effectively.