Earlier this year we tested the 2018 Polaris Slingshot, an enthusiastic oddball of a vehicle, only to discover it’s “an open-roof, highly stable trike that can scoot to 60 in around five seconds, do a rather ludicrous one-wheeled burnout, and put a big smile on its driver’s face.” Now, Polaris is introducing the 2019 model lineup, which brings a new range-topping trim – the Grand Touring.
Priced at $29,500, it will sit above the previous flagship model, the SLR, which will be available at the same price as in the previous model year - $28,999. Below it is the Slingshot SL starting at $25,499, and the entry-level model remains the Slingshot S with a starting price of just below $20,000.
“Designed with comfort, style, and performance for rides that don’t end,” the Grand Touring comes nicely equipped with a seven-inch multi-touch display with a satellite navigation, more comfortable seats, a new wind deflector, color-matched rear fender, and 18-inch front and 20-inch rear aluminum wheels. Electronic-power assisted steering, ESP plus traction control, and ABS disc brakes come as standard on all trim levels.
For the new model year, all Slingshots are powered by a 2.4-liter gasoline engine with 173 horsepower (129 kilowatts) and 166 pound-feet (225 Newton-meters) of torque. Power is channeled to the massive rear wheel through a five-speed manual gearbox. Both the engine and transmission are sourced from General Motors.
Polaris says that every Slingshot “begs to be thrown into a corner, to be whipped into a donut, to spread an ear-to-ear grin across your face,” so “climb in, get behind the wheel, and surrender to the fun.”
For the 2019 model year, Polaris will continue to offer dozens of personalization and customization options through its Slingshot Engineered Accessories catalog. It includes a premium 200-watt audio system and a seven-inch touchscreen display for the lesser models, providing a turn-by-turn navigation, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and ride data.