Saturday, February 25th 9AM – 1PM at GO AZ Motorcycles in Scottsdale
Join GO AZ Motorcycles in Scottsdale and 3 Wheel Invasion on Saturday, February 25th from 9am-1pm! Enjoy Free Food on the Grill, Customized Slingshots, Raffles & Giveaways and MORE!
The Slingshot rolls on 18-inch front cast aluminum wheels and a 20-inch rear cast aluminum wheel. The wheels look nice and are equipped with low-profile Kenda rubber. The two-front, single-rear configuration lets it have side-by-side seating and accommodations for a passenger. There’s plenty of storage behind the seat and inside the glove box, where there’s also a USB and a 12-volt charging port.
Like most new automobiles, the Slingshot employs an electronic proximity key fob, which is used to start the engine. A mechanical key locks the internal storage cases.
While the Slingshot may loosely resemble an automobile from the front, there are no doors. Low frame rails on either side require interesting contortions to get inside; for those with limited mobility, traditionally a notable part of the trike-driving demographic, this vehicle likely wouldn’t be a good fit. The seats do have forward and aft mechanical adjustability and the backrests also adjust forward and back, just like most cars. Another nice touch is tilt steering, though there isn’t a telescope function.
This Slingshot’s 1,997cc water-cooled inline-four was engineered and manufactured by Polaris in Minnesota and replaces the GM Ecotec four-cylinder used since the Slingshot debuted for the 2015 model year. This engine doesn’t benefit from variable valve timing like the GM unit, but feels very similar in terms of power, vibration, and sound. There’s also a red button which Polaris calls “Slingshot mode.” This adjusts the engine calibration for added response. Realistically, we couldn’t really tell the difference between either setting. The major perceivable difference is the new I4 has a bit more torque. It’s a cool-sounding engine, and it’s really fun to row through the gears.