Polaris is out at the Los Angeles Auto Show showing off its line of Slingshots. We haven't been reporting on the show since, well, it's primarily car-based. We have reported on Slingshots before, so it seemed natural to talk about Polaris' announcement of an upgraded Ride Control infotainment system for its top-end Slingshots.
The Ride Command system—which Slingshot shares with its Indian Motorcycle cousins—has been in the running for best powersports infotainment system for a while now. Its robust suite of features and relative ease of use have made it a must-have when kitting out big touring Indians and top-end Slingshots. So, how could Polaris make an already pretty great infotainment system better? By adding phone control, apps, and remote ride planning.
“The new Ride Command updates not only make it easier and more convenient for our owners to manage vehicle maintance and plan rides, but the new mobile app allows our owners to share their drives to Facebook and further connect with the Slingshot community,” said Josh Fulkerson, Slingshot Sr. Director. “We have a passionate group of Slingshot owners, and we’re extremely excited to utilize these technologies and deliver a convenient means to sharing and engaging with friends, family, and fellow Slingshot owners.”
Ride Command comes standard on three Slingshot models: the SL, SLR, and Grand Touring. It can be purchased for other, lesser models for a modest fee from Slingshot's parts and accessory catalog, too. If you'd like to know more, check out the press release below or head on over to Polaris' website and have a look at all the features Slingshot has to offer.
POLARIS SLINGSHOT® ENHANCES INDUSTRY-LEADING RIDE COMMAND® INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM WITH MOBILE PHONE CONNECTIVITY
New Ride Command Software & Mobile App Allows Remote Accessibility, Online Route Planning
LOS ANGELES (November 29, 2018) – Polaris Slingshot, the three-wheeled, open-air roadster which promises to deliver the most fun on the road, announced today at the Los Angeles Auto Show an all-new software update and mobile app for the vehicle’s industry-leading Ride Command infotainment system. The enhancements allow drivers to remotely access key vehicle data with an all-new Slingshot Ride Command mobile app and conveniently plan ride routes ahead of time via a desktop platform.
Slingshot models featuring the seven-inch multi-touch Ride Command infotainment system will pair with a Slingshot Ride Command mobile app and allow riders to view vehicle data, check service recommendations and log maintenance from the convenience of their mobile device. Drivers can also plan a ride route online at RideCommand.Slingshot.Polaris.com and wirelessly transfer the route to the Slingshot’s navigation system via Bluetooth®. Slingshot’s Ride Command updates are available to current Slingshot owners with Ride Command as part of a software update, which can be downloaded at RideCommand.Slingshot.Polaris.com. The Ride Command App is available in the Apple Store and on Google Play.
“The new Ride Command updates not only make it easier and more convenient for our owners to manage vehicle maintenance and plan rides, but the new mobile app allows our owners to share their drives to Facebook and further connect with the Slingshot community,” said Josh Fulkerson, Slingshot Sr. Director. “We have a passionate group of Slingshot owners, and we’re extremely excited to utilize these technologies and deliver a convenient means to sharing and engaging with friends, family, and fellow Slingshot owners.”
The industry-leading seven-inch, multi-touch Ride Command system comes standard in three 2019 models, including the SL, SLR, and Grand Touring. The infotainment system is equipped with convenient features such as mobile phone integration, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and customizable vehicle information screens. Additionally, Ride Command offers GPS with turn-by-turn navigation in the SLR and Grand Touring models as standard equipment and can be added as an accessory upgrade to the SL. Slingshot S owners can add Ride Command to their vehicle from the Slingshot accessories catalog.
Each Slingshot model packs a GM Ecotec 2.4L DOHC four-cylinder engine that delivers 173 horsepower by way of a five-speed manual transmission. With four models, the S, SL, SLR and Grand Touring, Slingshot’s 2019 lineup offers a variety of fit and finish options at a price point that ranges from $19,999 to $29,499. Drivers can further personalize and customize their Slingshot with dozens of Slingshot Engineered Accessories, including premium 200-watt Rockford Fosgate audio kit, 10-way adjustable BILSTEIN shocks, quilted comfort seats or add custom style and comfort with a color-matched Slingshade top.
For more information about Slingshot, 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.