With many parts of the U.S. preparing for winter weather on the horizon — i.e. snow — Polaris rolling out an updated lineup of vehicles isn’t a surprise. However, the company is showing off the newest iteration of its three-wheeled autocycle, the Slingshot.
Polaris used to be better known for its snowmobiles, four-wheelers and side-by-sides, but with the release of its flamboyantly styled three-wheeler that’s beginning to change. For the uninitiated, autocycle is a special class of vehicle created for three-wheelers. This means in some states, you’ll be required to wear a helmet while driving the Slingshot.
The Slingshot’s always been a developing vehicle, getting a bit better each year, and 2024 appears to be more of the same, according to officials.
“We designed and developed the first Slingshot with a spirit of innovation and a drive to create something unlike anything else in the marketplace,” said Chris Sergeant, Polaris Slingshot vice president.
“Over the past several years, it’s been incredible to grow Slingshot into a true lifestyle brand. People from all walks of life, all around the country, are experiencing the thrill of Slingshot ownership. Their Slingshot is a statement of their individuality and they’ve become part of the tight-knit Slingshot community.”
The Slingshot comes in five variants: S, SL, SLR, R and ROUSH Edition. In recent years, the tweaks to the three-wheeler have been mechanical, switching from a GM-produced 4-cylinder to its own in-house engineered powerplant, improved ride and handling components, updated automatic transmission and improved electronics.
This year, the Slingshot gets new colors: Radar Blue Fade, Gold Rush, and Purple Lightning as well as updated graphics packages, and new 18-inch and 20-inch wheels for the SL model in midnight charcoal metallic.
While the two-seater is an open-air experience, the company doubles down on its Rockford Fosgate sound system, upping the output from 100 watts to 200 watts with its Stage 2 Audio package. The new Stage 2 Audio Package is standard on 2024 models SL and above and will be added to S models when drivers level-up with RIDE COMMAND.
Accessories are big part of the Slingshot experience, and the company says it has more than 75 add-ons buyers can order, like windscreens, lighting and more. The big one to consider is the Excursion Top, which for 2024 can be had in one of three new color options: black, gray or red Slingshot branding — matching or contrasting with the vehicle’s overall design.
Roush is back
Built on the Slingshot R platform, the Slingshot ROUSH Edition retains the 203-horsepower ProStar engine, but adds premium componentry, including Brembo Brakes with exclusive slotted rotors, a Slingshot Excursion Top, Sparco Pedal Covers, and an exclusive race car-inspired steering wheel with color accents.
It also features a special graphics package that creates a look that is distinctive from the other trim levels. The ROUSH styling and branding is all over the seats with an exclusive design, a special edition color-matched design for the instrument cluster, and blacked-out badging. Manual transmission options feature a ROUSH Block “R” branding on the gear shift knob, while AutoDrive offerings are standard with Paddle Shifters.
While it’s not a sports car, the Slingshot may be the best example of having fun of driving sporty car to its limits and remaining on the right side of the law. Prices start at $21,999 for the S trim in a manual and rise all the way to $40,299 for the ROUSH Edition with AutoDrive. They begin arriving at dealership early next year.