More colors, more accessories, and more practicality than ever before.
The current Polaris Slingshot only made its debut in early 2020, yet Polaris is already announcing the second round of significant upgrades. The 2023 updates will give customers access to new personalization and customization features. The three-wheeler can be loaded with new practicalities, while an exciting new range of colors will help it stand out, just in case people miss the fact that it's missing the fourth wheel.
The Slingshot R also returns as the new halo model, sharing a more potent powertrain with the SLR. Each Slingshot is equipped with Polaris' in-house 2.0-liter ProStar four-cylinder engine. In the lower-trim models, it produces 178 horsepower, but in the SLR and R, it's turned up to 203 hp. It's a rev-happy unit and will happily spin to 8,250 rpm.
A five-speed manual transmission is standard, but oddly, most customers go for the optional AutoDrive automatic.
Access to new colors is determined by which model you opt for. A base S model with a Technology Package is available in Jet Black, while upgrading to SL unlocks a vibrant hue selection consisting of Volt Orange, Miami Blue, Liquid Lime, and Pacific Teal, to name just a few. The SLR's model-specific color is Lime Shadow, and the R can be finished in a Miami Blue Fade.
The 2023 upgrade is not just about new colors, however. Polaris used customer feedback and came up with two new factory-fitted accessories. While the RAM X-Grip Phone Mount and an Excursion Rearview Mirror (available from spring 2023) might sound simple, these features will undoubtedly enhance the practicality of a vehicle as mad and magnificent as the Slingshot.
It's Polaris's attempt at making the Slingshot more user-friendly, even though it still makes a Mazda Miata look like a Roll-Royce by comparison.
The infotainment has also been enhanced. All models can be upgraded with a seven-inch touchscreen display running Polaris's Ride Command. It comes with Bluetooth connectivity and a single USB port, but the main upgrade is Apple CarPlay, which automatically adds navigation via a third-party app. The unit also has its turn-by-turn navigation built in, along with connected features - a feature standard on the R models and optional for others. You can upgrade the sound system, but it's a bit pointless unless you opt for the roll hoop-mounted speakers and choose not to wear a helmet.
Visiting the Slingshot online configurator gives you some idea of how many customization options are available. Once you're done selecting the trim, gearbox, paint, wheels, and seats, you can dive into the accessories menu.
Polaris's more popular accessories include the Vented Sport Hood, the Excursion Top, and the Slingshade T-Top panels. Each item can be added individually or as part of an overall design package. The Series collection includes Escape, Design, Drive, and Show. The Escape Series is the best of the lot, adding the removable Excursion Top, heated and ventilated seats, floor mats, and roll hoop storage bags.
The range consists of the Slingshot S, a blank canvas model available only in Moonlight White. It has a starting price of $21,499. The AutoDrive automatic transmission is a $1,850 option on base models and $2,100 on top-tier models. If you live in California, you can also add an extra $300 to the price.
A Slingshot S can also be ordered with the Technology Package 1, which adds a Rockford Fosgate sound system, a Ripper Series Clear Wind Deflector, and Jet Black as a color option. It starts at $24,299.
The SL gives you the choice of four colorways, more style components, access to premium paint finishes, and a more powerful sound system. It also comes standard with the seven-inch touchscreen sans the built-in navigation. It'll cost you $27,499. The SLR ($30,399) gains the more powerful 203-hp engine, two-tone paint, extra exterior lighting, and a premium sport interior.
The R returns as the new halo model and has access to multi-tone paint schemes, premium features, navigation, Apple CarPlay, and a Sport Vented Hood. The most important addition is a set of painted Brembo calipers for the front wheels. It has a starting price of $33,999.
The new range of 2023 models will be available at dealerships early in the new year.