Yes, it’s technically a motorcycle, but Polaris’ Slingshot definitely feels a lot more like a stupid-fun race car that you shouldn’t be allowed to drive in the streets. And this year, they’re making it even better with the addition of the 2017 Polaris Slingshot SLR, the line’s unquestionably-bonkers flagship three-wheeler.
Billed as “the boldest Slingshot yet,” it takes the regular SL version and reinforces it with a few extra niceties, including composite brake rotors, forged aluminum wheels (18 inches front, 20 inches rear), a wider rear tire, Sparco cabin components (steering wheel, shift knob, and pedal covers), nicer waterproof sports seats, and interior LED lighting. They also threw in an open-air intake under the hood, along with a new wind deflector and two-tone paint with frame accents for a slightly more premium riding experience.
The 2017 Polaris Slingshot SLR, of course, gets all of the three-wheeler’s standard facilities, including a 2.4-liter DOHC engine driving the rear wheel via a five-speed manual transmission, putting out a whopping 173 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. For a ride that weighs 1,749 pounds, that’s a lot. Since a motorcycle that looks and drives like a race car will require plenty of safety features, it comes with power-assisted steering, electronic stability and traction control, and ABS disc brakes. Other features include tilt steering (it’s a motorcycle, after all), projector beam headlights, LED taillights, and lockable storage bins for that emergency first aid kit you’re probably going to need someday.
Slated for availability this month, the 2017 Polaris Slingshot SLR is priced at $28,499.