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Three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot gets a Grand Touring makeover

Three-wheeled Polaris Slingsho...
The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring might even make other Slingshot owners take notice
The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring might even make other Slingshot owners take notice
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The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring is only available in Black Crystal with White Pearl accents
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The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring is only available in Black Crystal with White Pearl accents
The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring has gullwing half-doors
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The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring has gullwing half-doors
The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring has a claimed top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h)
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The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring has a claimed top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h)
The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring weighs 1,749 lb (793 kg)
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The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring weighs 1,749 lb (793 kg)
The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring is powered by a 2.4-liter, inline 4-cylinder GM Ecotec engine coupled to a five-speed transmission
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The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring is powered by a 2.4-liter, inline 4-cylinder GM Ecotec engine coupled to a five-speed transmission
The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring might even make other Slingshot owners take notice
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The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring might even make other Slingshot owners take notice
The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring features a color-matched rear fender
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The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring features a color-matched rear fender
The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring has special quilted seats
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The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring has special quilted seats
The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring's 7-inch Ride Command Display multitouch infotainment system offers features such as turn-by-turn navigation, Bluetooth/USB smartphone connectivity, a 100-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, and the output from a rear back-up camera
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The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring's 7-inch Ride Command Display multitouch infotainment system offers features such as turn-by-turn navigation, Bluetooth/USB smartphone connectivity, a 100-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, and the output from a rear back-up camera

Even though it was first introduced four years ago, the three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot is still quite the attention-getter when spotted "in the wild." Should you wish to stand out even more, however, you might want to pick up the just-announced Grand Touring model.

Specs-wise, the Slingshot Grand Touring is essentially the same beast as the SL version that we reviewed in 2016.

Tipping the scales at 1,749 lb (793 kg), it's still powered by a 2.4-liter, inline 4-cylinder GM Ecotec engine coupled to a five-speed transmission. That engine produces 173 hp (127 kW) and 166 ft. lb. of torque (225 Nm), taking the vehicle to a claimed top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).

So, what's different about the Grand Touring?

The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring has gullwing half-doors
The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring has gullwing half-doors

Well, as you've no doubt already noticed in the photos, it's got a roof. Called the Slingshade, the color-matched appendage incorporates two gullwing half-doors, allowing for unobstructed entry and exit. Adding to rider comfort are special quilted seats, and a taller-than-normal 9.5-inch (241-mm) clear wind deflector.

Inside, the 7-inch Ride Command Display multitouch infotainment system offers features such as turn-by-turn navigation, Bluetooth/USB smartphone connectivity, a 100-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, and the output from a rear back-up camera.

The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring's 7-inch Ride Command Display multitouch infotainment system offers features such as turn-by-turn navigation, Bluetooth/USB smartphone connectivity, a 100-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, and the output from a rear back-up camera
The Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring's 7-inch Ride Command Display multitouch infotainment system offers features such as turn-by-turn navigation, Bluetooth/USB smartphone connectivity, a 100-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, and the output from a rear back-up camera

Rounding out the extra bits and bobs are a color-matched rear fender, and a "premium" Black Crystal/White Pearl metallic paint job.

Pricing for the Slingshot Grand Touring starts at US$29,499. You can see it in action – along with some of the other 2019 models – in the following video.

Source: Polaris

Introducing the 2019 Slingshot | Slingshot

4 comments
f8lee
So, what started out as a kind of goofy vehicle - all the exposure of a motorcycle with none of the leaning fun - now gets a top to make it a little more enclosed? With this "improvement", now it doesn't have the exposure of a bike, and still looks silly - does it even have the handling of a 4 wheel car at about the same price point?
Joshua Tulberg
Forget the roof. I wish they would add a 4th wheel.
The deerhunter
A lot of money for a 3 wheeler. And does it have luggage space? If not it might have to be renamed Mini Tourer rather than Grand Tourer. I am not sure how many they will sell to non "anything-Polaris" addicts unless the price is about half the curret price.
Mark Salamon
My first impression was that the design had been inspired by the 1960s sit-com "The Munsters".