The 2020 Polaris Slingshot three-wheeler has been unveiled, with a new engine, an option for an auto transmission, and many other changes.
The four-cylinder, 2-litre ProStar engine is the most significant change for 2020. It’s a proprietary Polaris motor; previously, the Slingshot used GM’s four-cylinder 2.3-litre Ecotec engine (also found in such machines as the Pontiac Sunfire).
The ProStar will be available in two versions. The engine in the Slingshot SL will make 173 hp at 8,500 rpm (and 120 lb-ft of torque), and the Slingshot R’s engine will make 203 hp at 8,250 rpm (and 144 lb-ft of torque). The Ecotec engine gave the Slingshot 164 hp, so both the standard and hot-rod versions of the new Slingshot are more powerful than the outgoing model.
Along with the five-speed manual transmission, Polaris will also offer a hydraulically-actuated auto-shifting gearbox with five speeds.
Polaris has updated suspension and chassis, although we haven’t seen the exact details of what’s been done. The bodywork has also been revised, and the interior of the cockpit.
Naturally, the Slingshot comes with schmancy electronics, including two ride modes (no doubt more will be available either from the factory, at additional cost, or from tuning shops at some point). The Ride Command system is included, same as on Polaris’s larger touring motorcycles sold under the Indian brand. There’s a 7-inch TFT screen, and 100-watt Rockford Fosgate audio system.
In all, the Slingshot is supposed to be about 70 per cent new parts, thanks to the re-design.
In Canada, pricing starts at $33,499 for the Slingshot SL, and $37,999 for the Slingshot R. More details at the Polaris website, if the thought of a fully-enclosed three-wheeler with a steering wheel is tempting to you …