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2021 Polaris Slingshot Rocks Retuned AutoDrive Transmission With Paddle Shifters

Introduced in 2014 to critical acclaim and commercial success, the Slingshot was improved for 2020 with 70 percent new content. The 2021 model year brings a few more updates for the three-wheeled land missile, starting with the AutoDrive AMT that now features paddle shifters.
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The automated manual based on the standard five-speed stick shift has also been retuned for improved changes at low and high speeds in both drive modes. The software-based calibration promises smoothness and responsiveness, translating to a connected and engaging driving experience.

Also new for 2021, Polaris has added Hill Hold Assist for both transmissions of the Slingshot. Like the paddle shifters mentioned earlier, 2020 owners can update their ride to take advantage of the new features.

The three-wheeled thriller has also added a limited-run model called the R Limited Edition, slotting at the very top of the lineup. Asymmetrical-designed Neon Fade paintwork helps it stand out in the crowd, along with black-out badging and matte-black aluminum wheels. As opposed to the entry-level Slingshot S that costs $19,999 or $21,699 depending on the transmission, the range-topping version retails at $32,799 or $34,799, respectively.

An open-air cockpit implies lots of wind and tire noise, which is why Polaris has added a Rockford Fosgate audio system with 100 watts on deck. Tweeters built in the dashboard, redesigned speaker pods, and an amplifier should be enough for most people, but Slingshot customers can double the output by adding a rear-speaker kit described as a plug-and-play upgrade.

Last but certainly not least, the side-by-side three-wheeler will come standard with Apple CarPlay as long as you go for the R or R Limited Edition. Available as an upgrade on the SL trim level, the phone mirroring function is seamlessly integrated into the Ride Command 7.0-inch infotainment system.

“In January, we promised that our 2020 Slingshot would be a game-changer for consumers and dealers,”
said Polaris Industries vice president Chris Sergeant. “Based on the tremendous success we have seen this year, there is no question we delivered on that promise. We elevated the experience in every meaningful way and created a more accessible offering for people to enjoy the next-level driving experience only a Slingshot can deliver.”

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