Add Florida as the 43rd state to acknowledge three wheelers like the Polaris Slingshot are not motorcycles – at least not in terms of license requirements.
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Slingshot®, the bold three-wheeled, open-air roadster has announced Florida, one of the most popular states for the brand given its unique style and year-round sunshine, is the latest state to reclassify its driving requirements as an “Autocycle.” Florida becomes the 43rd state to reclassify its driving requirements, as state residents can now operate a Slingshot with a valid state driver’s license rather than the previously-required motorcycle endorsement. Driving requirements for Florida will officially transition to Autocycle on July 1, 2018.
The Sunshine State provides endless destinations to fully maximize the three-wheeled, five-speed manual transmission, side-by-side bucket seat roadster. Because Slingshot roadsters unique classification, operating with a steering wheel, and without handlebars or straddle seating, state policymakers recognize operator skills similarly mirror those of a valid state driver’s license.
“Since introducing the one-of-a-kind Slingshot in 2014, we have partnered with state officials to properly classify the operating requirements to a standard driver’s license,” said Josh Fulkerson, Slingshot Sr. Director. “Our efforts have led to incredible results with 44 states reclassifying three-wheeled vehicles. We continue to work diligently educating policymakers in the remaining states.”
Representing the biggest enhancements since its introduction, the 2018 Slingshot lineup takes style, performance and technology to a whole new level. Select 2018 models feature the seven-inch touchscreen RideCommand infotainment system with turn-by-turn navigation, while all Slingshot models are powered by a 2.4L GM engine that creates 173 horsepower and 166 ft-lbs of torque. Slingshot’s 2018 lineup includes three models, the S, SL and SLR, and two limited-edition offerings, the Grand Touring LE and SLR LE. Pricing ranges from an entry-level $19,999 (S) to $30,999 (SLR LE).
Owners can personalize and customize their Slingshot with a variety of Slingshot Engineered Accessories, including the revolutionary Slingshade, a color-match top offering superb rider comfort and sun protection, as well as styling enhancements, tech and audio components, storage options, wind deflectors, riding gear, helmets, driving jackets and street wear. Most of the vehicle accessories are offered in a variety of factory color-matched options.
For more information about Slingshot, or to find a dealer, visit PolarisSlingshot.com. Follow Slingshot on social media: Facebook.com/PolarisSlingshot, @Slingshot on Twitter and @PolarisSlingshot on Instagram. For information on Polaris Adventures and Slingshot rental locations, visit Adventures.Polaris.com.
Slingshot® is a three-wheeled motorcycle. It is not an automobile and does not meet automotive safety standards. Drivers should always wear helmets and seat belts.