Thanks to a new, in-house engine.
We've all seen them in cities everywhere. And they seem to turn more heads per dollar than anything else on the road, with their drivers soaking up the attention like flowers in sunshine. We're talking of course about the Polaris Slinghsot, and it's more extreme than ever before.
We'll begin by noting that the three-wheeled Slingshot has only received minor updates since it was revealed back in 2015. It still used an outdated GM-sourced 2.4-liter EcoTec four-cylinder engine, which would have been used back in the 2000s under the hood of a vehicle like the Cobalt, the predecessor to the Chevrolet Cruze. For the first time since the Slingshot was first revealed, Polaris is finally ready to introduce a major update.
Introducing the 2020 Polaris Slingshot, a redesigned and highly-improved three-wheeler. Kicking off the update is a host of new design elements including new front accent lighting, new LED headlight and taillights, new wheels, and new paint and graphics schemes. The look is still distinctively 'Slingshot' but we like the more aggressive styling.
The biggest change comes under the hood, where the GM engine has been retired in favor of an in-house Polaris ProStar 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder unit. In the base SL trim, this engine produces a healthy 178 horsepower (an increase of 5 hp over the GM engine) at a motorcycle-like 8,500 rpm. If you opt for the R model, power jumps to 203 hp, an increase of 30 hp compared to before. With a new tuned exhaust, Polaris promises its new ProStar engine will be heard by everyone within earshot. Which, if you're the target customer for this seersucker of a tricycle, that's exactly what you want.
Power still goes out to the lone rear wheel through a five-speed manual transmission. For the first time ever, Polaris will offer a new AutoDrive automated manual five-speed synchromesh transmission. No matter which transmission you choose, both include two selectable drive modes - 'Comfort' and 'Slingshot' - for greater customizability.
The interior has been improved as well, with a premium leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel with integrated controls for cruise control, adjustable air vents, and plenty of clever storage areas. In the dash, Polaris has updated its Ride Command infotainment system with a faster quad-core processor.
Pricing for the SL trim with AutoDrive starts at $26,499 and includes Red Pearl and Blue Steel paint colors. Upgrading the R trim costs $30,999 for the manual and $32,699 for AutoDrive and can be painted in Stealth Black or Miami Blue. The 2020 Polaris Slingshot will arrive at US dealers in Spring 2020.