Polaris Slingshot Celebrates “National Stick Shift Day”

AutoInformed.com on Polaris SlingshotIn celebration of National Stick Shift Day on July 16, consumers can visit their local Slingshot dealership during the month of July for a free stick shift driving lesson. Actually we thought it was Corn Fritters Day another would-be marketing con, but we don’t ride many fritters.

Only 18% of Americans know how to drive a manual trans, but Polaris – not without self-interest – wants to replace what it claims is an experience in an old, mundane vehicle with – guess what – a ~$21,000 to +$30,000 Slingshot. Each has a GM Ecotec 2.4L DOHC four-cylinder engine rated at 173 horsepower with a five-speed manual transmission.

AutoInformed.com on Polaris Slingshot - 5-speed Manual TransSlingshot says it wants to provide a new perspective on how much fun mastering the art of shifting – or is that gear chipping while clutch burning? – gear-to-gear can be, in full control of the vehicle, allegedly, by offering lessons in a Slingshot.

Each lesson will enter the survivor in the Summer of Fun sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to Maui, Hawaii and an opportunity to test their newly-acquired skills with a driving – but hopefully not near-death – experience on the Road to Hana.

The classification of Slingshot is state-dependent. About 40 states classify Slingshot as an autocycle, which only requires a driver’s license. The other classification is motorcycle, which requires a motorcycle endorsement. Consumers can go online at www.slingshot.polaris.com/en-us/dealer-locator/ to find their local participating Slingshot dealer.

About Kenneth Zino

Ken Zino is an auto industry veteran with global experience in print, broadcast and electronic media. He has auto testing, marketing, public relations and communications expertise garnered while working in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
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