Written by Tyler Jacob
Edited by Vaughn Lowery
Photos/video by Karen Marseille
The 2020 new age, all improved, must-have Polaris Slingshot has been revealed in Vegas; and we had the exclusive chance to get behind the wheel. Not merely as beautiful on the outside, you can witness the time put into the fabrication as the interior matched the exterior. It’s perfect blend of luxury and sport with the comfort of a compact vehicle but the ride thrill of a motorcycle.
It’s Automatic – New AutoDrive Transmission Allows More Drivers to Join the Slingshot Community
New Polaris ProStar 2.0L DOHC Four-Cylinder Engine Delivers up to 203 Horsepower at 8250 RPM
Available with the New AutoDrive Transmission or Manual, each with 2 Drive Modes for a Customizable Drive
Fully Redesigned Interior and Upgraded Finishes Brings Refinement and Style Into the Cockpit
Revised Chassis and Suspension Improves Handling and Vehicle Dynamics
Musician turned model, Tyler Jacob took us behind the scenes to get a look at the stylish yet avant-garde 2020 Polaris Slingshot. This is the introduction of their four-cylinder engine featuring 70 percent new vehicle content, the 2020 Slingshot SL and Slingshot R take the Slingshot experience to a whole new level.
“We are excited to announce Slingshot’s first-ever automatic style transmission. Our new AutoDrive transmission will open the door for more people to get in, stand out, and take their driving experience to a whole new level,” asserts Mike Dougherty, President of Polaris Slingshot. “With roughly 70 percent all-new content, we left no stone unturned both inside and out. The all-new ProStar 2.0L engine delivers more power and more fun, while the completely redesigned cockpit and interior elevates the shared experience for both the driver and their passenger.”
As we entered the cabin, we took note of the new premium leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel with multi-function controls and integrated cruise control which immediately redefines the personal connection between the driver and vehicle. The redesigned cockpit was purposeful in its execution. Keeping the driver and passenger top-of-mind, 2020 models featured the following enhancements: a padded center console, added storage compartments for mobile devices, enlarged and repositioned cup holders and LED interior lighting.
For 2020, Slingshot introduces exciting updates to its Ride Command infotainment system with a completely redesigned display featuring a new quad-core processor to provide a faster, more responsive interaction. Talk about driver intuition. The seven-inch display receives an improved viewing angle and even brighter screen, allowing drivers and passengers to easily view and interact with the system in broad daylight. Available as standard equipment for both models, Ride Command provides convenient access to key vehicle information and mobile phone pairing via two USB ports or via Bluetooth®. Drivers can access AM/FM radio or listen to their favorite music with crystal-clear audio thanks to the 100-watt Rockford Fosgate® audio system. This system delivers a decent sound for lengthy road trips while the wind whisks pass your helmet.
Standard with the Slingshot R, and an optional upgrade for the SL, are Ride Command’s connected services featuring turn-by-turn navigation with an intuitive search system. The GPS offering includes special routing options to locate the shortest, fastest or most scenic route. Drivers can also build a route with multiple waypoints and access real-time traffic and weather overlays to ensure clear roads for the most enjoyable driving experience. By utilizing the Ride Command mobile app, drivers can remotely access key vehicle data and conveniently plan ride routes ahead of time.
“The 2020 lineup embodies what Slingshot stands for – a creative escape to enjoy the road ahead,” said Dougherty. “We are unveiling a vehicle that truly embodies the adventurous spirit the brand stands for, the social nature of our customers, and the stand-out attitude only a Slingshot can deliver.”
At the heart of the 2020 Slingshot is Polaris Industries’ first four-cylinder engine, the ProStar 2.0L. Tuned to perfection and put through an exhaustive track and on-road testing program, the ProStar 2.0L was designed to deliver a range of performance capabilities and to enhance an already incredible on-road experience. The SL packs 178 horsepower at an incredible 8500 RPM, while the new R model redlines at 8500 RPM and puts out a jaw-dropping 203 peak horsepower at 8250 RPM – an increase of 30 horsepower when compared to the previous powertrain. With an all-new tuned exhaust, the ProStar engine roars down the road, ensuring everyone within ear-shot will take notice. In addition, it possses better cornering and braking than it’s predecessor.
With an improved suspension and chassis, the 2020 Slingshot is a game-changer – offering a driving experience in-line with its bold, look-at-me styling. The 2020 Slingshot exterior features a refreshed frontasia with a bodacious new signature look that only Slingshot can own. Upgrades include: new front accent lighting; new LED headlamps and signature taillights; all-new wheels and wheel options and stand-out paint as well as graphic schemes.
Accessible via the Ride Command system, or right from the steering wheel, are Slingshot’s all-new drive modes. Whether standing out during a comfortable cruise downtown or embarking on a weekend adventure through the twisty backroads, each mode provides a personalized driving experience with the ultimate connectivity between vehicle and road. “Comfort” mode is best suited for leisurely rides, while “Slingshot” mode delivers a sporty, connected, high-revving driving experience. Perfect for grabbing attention while cruising on the beach or Las Vegas Strip.
Slingshot owners celebrate life in their own way, and customize their Slingshots to match. That self-expression is amplified with Slingshot Engineered Accessories. New for 2020 are 23 new accessories curated into inspirational collections, including a Design, a Weekender and a Premier series. The Design series makes a statement at every streetlight with a variety of colorful components options from top-to-bottom, front-to-back. The Weekender series features overnight bags and added storage options – allowing drivers to hit the road packed for adventure. Additionally, the smartly-styled Slingshade and Ripper Tinted Wind Deflector provide improved driver comfort and protection from the elements. The Premier series combines the best elements of function, style and comfort, including Ride Command navigation, premier wheel set, interior LED lighting, and a rear fender. Each series is specifically designed to inspire personalization, as all parts are sold individually – allowing drivers to mix and match to create the ultimate piece of self-expression.
Starting at $26,499, the SL with AutoDrive is available in Red Pearl and Blue Steel paint colors. Pricing for the R model begins at $30,999 for a manual and $32,699 for AutoDrive. Both R options are available in Stealth Black and Miami Blue paint colors.
The 2020 Slingshot lineup will ship to U.S. dealers this spring.
About Polaris Slingshot
Polaris Slingshot, a wholly-owned brand of Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII), continues to define the category through style, ride experience and community with our three-wheeled autocycle. With AutoDrive and manual transmission options, an open cockpit, side-by-side seating, 5” ride height and a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder engine, Slingshot comes in a variety of models that are sure to make a statement. Step into a Slingshot for an adventurous and unrivaled ride experience. Learn more, visit slingshot.polaris.com.
*Slingshot is a three-wheeled motorcycle. It is not an automobile. It does not have airbags and it does not meet automotive safety standards. Three wheel vehicles may handle differently than other vehicles, especially in wet conditions. Always wear a DOT-approved full-face helmet and fasten seatbelts. The Driver may need a valid motorcycle endorsement.
**In the state of California, this vehicle can be operated without a helmet because it contains a steering wheel and foot brakes.