I like it, but it sort of takes away from it being a Trike...... there is another modded Slingshot out there as well. The MSRP of a Slingshot is about $27,000 USD The complete kit is around $25,000 USD for front and rear modifications for a total cost of $52,000 USD.... we’re talking A nicely equipped luxury sports car price range. However if you are just after the rear end minus the wheels and tires then around $15,000 plus the price of the Polaris. Like I said, I like it but.........
Last Edit: Dec 28, 2018 11:57:23 GMT by roger32849
That’s to bad. They were the innovators of the performance trike market. Not everyone could afford the luxury price tag though and I imagine that had everything to do with their going under. Sadly, I never got to drive one. I did see a few at Lake George many years ago during Americade. In looking for the silver lining in this unfortunate twist, the Slingshot and Vanderhall will probably gain Campagna’s market share.
An entry level Slingshot is about $20K USD. There is a wide gap between that entry price and a fully loaded one. All the bells and whistles can cost between $5K up to and additional $15K or more. Still the base model Slingshot isn’t that much different than the loaded model in appearance. There is a lot of fancy-ness in loaded one.. like seats, wheels and tires, electronics and paint. Of course you could add the hard top or canvass top, exhaust system out the back and Corbin hard bags for real eye candy appeal, but at the end of the day it will be a seasonal driver. The previously owned Slingshots I have seen for sale have on average less than 5K miles on them, and sell for $$$$ less than a new one. Ya know, it’s “almost” like buying NOS. The design has not changed, just the paint schemes and the “ bells and whistles” offering list has gotten longer.
Vanderhall has gotten into the Electric Trike business. The noticeable difference is no exhaust and a projected hefty price tag. Not for the faint of heart. Their Laguna model has a mostly carbon fiber body and the enclosed cabin with suicide opening doors. The top does come off but must be done before going on a drive. I hear the price for this gem will set you back in excess of $65K. The base model naturally is hitting $30K and Lone Shark Speedster is slightly less. The Vanderhall has a unique style, it is reminiscent of every old sports car you’ve ever seen including the very tight seating area. They are not about to redesign it to make it wider, so if you are over 6’ tall and 200+ pounds, your passenger and you will not enjoy the experience of a ride up Mulholland Drive without being packed into the tight seating area. Vanderhall is probably going to be a toy for a man or woman that is around 5’-9” and 175 pounds (or less). I sat in one a few weeks ago and it is not as comfortable as the Slingshot.
Bottom line for me, the Slingshot is the winner. Roomy cabin, convertible top option, luggage storage options and plenty of power. A loaded model is still less than the sub-base (Speedster) Vanderhall. If the Vanderhall were just wider it would better.
At the end of the day my TR1ke is fun. It can carry a passenger without interfering with the driver. It is very well constructed and is probably one of the best kit built trikes out there. I enjoy the 180 horsepower, the responsive steering and with the addition of the saddlebags the option is there to go on a long drive and be able to carry the things I need to make the drive a positive experience. Finally, it is fun to look at the other guys toys but mine is paid for. Coming up with the funds to meet the hefty price tag would mean getting creative with financing. Those toys are expensive.