Grand Touring LE model is for those who don't know the definition of understatement
Powersports manufacturer Polaris has added a new fully loaded model to its bonkers Slingshot range that adds a new level of comfort and cranks its visual insanity up to 11. Called the Slingshot Grand Touring LE, Polaris bolts to it a Slingshade roof, windscreen, quilted seats, color-matched rear fender, and Ride Command information system with navigation before then slathering it in a matte grey and red paint scheme and rolling it out the factory door.
While the new model brings some visual drama to the party-not that it needed any-there are no mechanical upgrades to the LE. Instead, it makes do with the same 2.4-liter GM Ecotec-based four-cylinder engine as other models in the range, but its 173 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque are more than enough to rocket this sub-ton trike quicky past posted speed limits and you directly into the clink. Unlike the GM vehicles from where this engine first called home, the Slingshot sends all its power to a single 20-inch wheel at the rear by way of a five-speed manual transmission, though you can upgrade the Slingshot's suspension with a $1,899 Bilstein shock kit.
If you're keen on a Slingshot, be prepared to pay $19,999 for the entry-level S model-and possibly a bit extra for your motorcycle license if you don't live in one of the 41 states that allows you to drive a three-wheeler without one. Those looking for everything offered by the new Grand Touring LE will need to shell out an extra $10,000. Or you can get a brand-new Miata for under $25,000. The choice is yours.