New Polaris Slingshot gets an AutoDrive transmission and more powerful engine

Polaris has now released a brand new 2020 Slingshot lineup with some significant changes. In addition to a new look, the 2020 special three-wheel-drive Slingshot gets a new proprietary engine that offers more power and the ability to choose automatic transmission.

Polaris discovered a niche market when it launched the Slingshot three-wheeler, which until now had been powered by GM EcoTec 2.4-liter, 170 hp four-cylinder engine. They got rid of it, and did not switch the supplier, but developed their own 2.0-liter suction engine, which delivers up to 203hp. The base version called SL offers 173 hp at 8,500 rpm and 120 lb-ft of torque, while the sharper R gives you 203 hp at 8,250 rpm and 144 lb-ft.

Slingshot SL model
Slingshot SL model

The all-new ProStar 2.0L engine is Polaris Industries’ first four-cylinder engine, designed to deliver a range of performance capabilities and to enhance an already incredible on-road experience. It is claimed that the R model will go 0-100 km/h (0-60 mph) in 4.9 seconds. The performance data for the SL version is not given in the release.

Another major change is that for the first time, some versions of Slingshot will have AutoDrive, a hydraulically actuated automated manual five-speed synchromesh transmission. This is an alternative to manual transmission at a premium of $1,600.

The Slingshot interior has been redesigned, and frame and suspension grip improved. New seats in the passenger compartment, steering wheel enhances ergonomics, with a 7-inch touch screen head unit with the firm’s Ride Command multimedia system, GPS navigation, a million buttons, and a top-notch Rockford Fosgate audio system. From the outside, you can recognize the latest Polaris Slingshot from the lighter headlights and front fenders.

Slingshot SL with AutoDrive starts at $26,499, while the pricing for the R model begins at $30,999 for a manual and $32,699 for AutoDrive.


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