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Slingshot History - Concept To Reality

Originally conceived as a prototype by a group of Polaris engineers in 2010, Slingshot was designed to look different, feel different, be different. We formed a team of skilled designers and engineers to push the boundaries of what we thought possible. The vehicle you see today speaks for itself.

2014

Slingshot quickly advanced from prototype to production in 2014. Vehicles started arriving in dealers later that year. The first offerings were the 2015 Slingshot S and SL models.

2015

A direct descendant of the original model, the Slingshot S was the first of it's kind with unmatched performance and a unique cockpit feel. The SL was the second model available and was created for those who wanted a little more than the basics. It started with the same 2.4L Ecotec 4 cylinder engine and 173 horsepower as the S, but had additional features like a 7" multi-touch display, backup camera and larger custom wheels.

2016

In 2016, new models were added to the lineup, bringing upgrades like turn-by-turn navigation, unique colors, larger alloy wheels, and even the Slingshade, available straight from the factory. To this day, Polaris continues to manufacture Slingshot in the US.

2017

The SLR was first released in 2017, elevating performance and style to new levels for Slingshot. Forged wheels, sport seats, two-tone paint and Sparco accessories added sophisticated features to the lineup.

2018

In 2018 the Grand Touring was added to the Slingshot family with comfort, style, and luxury in mind. The Slingshot Grand Touring added metallic paint, color-matched fenders, quilted comfort seats and a color-matched Slingshade top. It redefined the Slingshot experience and upgraded the driving experience.

2020

2020 kicked off a new era of Slingshot. The all-new models come with 70% new content versus previous generations, including AutoDrive transmission, a new Prostar 2.0L Engine, brand new interior and exterior styling, all-new drive modes, and much more.

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What's The Difference

How do I know which Slingshot is for me? Below you'll find a quick visual to help you find which Slingshot is the right one.

2020 Slingshot® SL
Starting at $26,499 US MSRP
2020 Slingshot® R
Starting at $32,699 US MSRP
2020 Slingshot Grand Touring LE
Starting at $33,999 US MSRP
2020 Slingshot® SL Change Model
 
Starting at US MSRP
$26,499
 
Engine Type
Prostar 2.0L 4 Cylinder
 
Infotainment
7" Ride Command Display, Premium Rockford Fosgate Audio and Back-up Camera
 
Model Year
2020
 
Transmission Type
Hydraulically Actuated Automated Manual (AutoDrive) 5 Speed Synchromesh w/ Reverse
 
Wheel Type
Cast Aluminum

 

Full Comparison

POWERTRAIN AND PERFORMANCE
0-60 MPH
0-60 MPH
N/A
Bore x Stroke
Bore x Stroke
93 mm x 73.5 mm
Compression Ratio
Compression Ratio
11.5:1
Displacement
Displacement
1,997 cc
Engine Type
Engine Type
Prostar 2.0L 4 Cylinder
Fuel System
Fuel System
Multiport Injected
Fuel Type
Fuel Type
91 octane or higher
Peak Lateral Grip
Peak Lateral Grip
1.02 g
Peak Power
Peak Power
178 HP @ 8,500 RPM
Peak Torque
Peak Torque
120 ft lbs @ 5,500 RPM
Power to Weight Ratio
Power to Weight Ratio
9.3 lb/hp
Rev Limit (RPM)
Rev Limit (RPM)
8,500 RPM
Top Speed
Top Speed
Limited to 125 MPH
Valve Train
Valve Train
DOHC
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
DIMENSIONS / CAPACITIES
Curb Weight
Curb Weight
1,659 lb
Fuel Capacity
Fuel Capacity
9.77 gal (37.1 L)
Ground Clearance
Ground Clearance
5.4 in (137.3 mm)
Max Wet Weight
Max Wet Weight
1,749 lb
Overall Vehicle Height
Overall Vehicle Height
51.9 in (1,318 mm)
Overall Vehicle Length
Overall Vehicle Length
149.6 in (3,800 mm)
Overall Vehicle Width
Overall Vehicle Width
77.9 in (1,980 mm)
Track Width
Track Width
69.1 in (1,755 mm)
Wheelbase
Wheelbase
105 in (2,667 mm)
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
BRAKES
Anti lock Braking System
Anti lock Braking System
Standard
Front Brake Rotors
Front Brake Rotors
Vented cast iron, 298 mm diameter
Rear Brake Rotors
Rear Brake Rotors
Vented cast iron, 298 mm diameter
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
SPECIFICATIONS
Battery
Battery
30AH, 12V, 400 CCA
Electronic Power Steering
Electronic Power Steering
Variable Speed Sensitive Electronic Power Steering 2.0
ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
Standard
Front Lower Accent Lights
Front Lower Accent Lights
Optional
Front Upper Accent Lights
Front Upper Accent Lights
LED
Gauges
Gauges
Dual Sweep LED Backlit Gauge with Configurable LCD Display
Headlight
Headlight
LED High & Low Beam
Indicator Lights
Indicator Lights
LED
Interior LED Accent Lights
Interior LED Accent Lights
Optional
License Plate Light
License Plate Light
LED
Steering Actuation
Steering Actuation
Rack-and-pinion
Steering Turns
Steering Turns
2.5 Turns
Tail/Brake Light
Tail/Brake Light
LED
Traction Control
Traction Control
Standard
Turn Signals
Turn Signals
LED
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
TIRES AND WHEELS
Front Tire Size
Front Tire Size
225 / 45R18
Front Tire Type
Front Tire Type
Kenda SS-799
Front Wheel Size
Front Wheel Size
18x7.5
Front Wheel Type
Front Wheel Type
Cast Aluminum
Rear Tire Size
Rear Tire Size
255 / 35R20
Rear Tire Type
Rear Tire Type
Kenda SS-799
Rear Wheel Size
Rear Wheel Size
20x9.0
Rear Wheel Type
Rear Wheel Type
Cast Aluminum
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
TRANSMISSION
Bevel Drive Ratio
Bevel Drive Ratio
2.824:1
Clutch Type
Clutch Type
Dry, Single Plate, Hydraulically Actuated
Final Drive Ratio
Final Drive Ratio
1.771:1
Final Drive Type
Final Drive Type
Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt, 36 mm x 147 T
Gear Ratio (1st)
Gear Ratio (1st)
3.251:1
Gear Ratio (2nd)
Gear Ratio (2nd)
1.955:1
Gear Ratio (3rd)
Gear Ratio (3rd)
1.310:1
Gear Ratio (4th)
Gear Ratio (4th)
1.000:1
Gear Ratio (5th)
Gear Ratio (5th)
0.753:1
Gear Shift Pattern (Manual)
Gear Shift Pattern (Manual)
N/A
Reverse Gear Ratio
Reverse Gear Ratio
3.180:1
Shock Absorber
Shock Absorber
Revised Twin Tube Gas Charged Coil Overs
Suspension Type
Suspension Type
Independent, Double Wishbone with Forged Aluminum Control Arms
Transmission Type
Transmission Type
Hydraulically Actuated Automated Manual (AutoDrive) 5 Speed Synchromesh w/ Reverse
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
FEATURES AND WARRANTY
12v DC Outlets
12v DC Outlets
2
7" Ride Command Display
7" Ride Command Display
Ride Command 2.0
Color / Graphics
Color / Graphics
Red Pearl, Blue Steel
Connected Services
Connected Services
Optional
Cruise Control
Cruise Control
Standard
Factory Warranty
Factory Warranty
2 Years, Unlimited Miles
Ignition
Ignition
Proximity Key with Keyless Start
Integrated Steering Wheel Controls
Integrated Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Interior Trim Color
Interior Trim Color
Matte Turbo Silver
Main Accent Color
Main Accent Color
N/A
Paint Scheme / Graphics
Paint Scheme / Graphics
Premium Paint w/ Graphics
Passive Security System
Passive Security System
Standard
Rockford Fosgate 100w Audio
Rockford Fosgate 100w Audio
Standard
Steering Wheel Accent Stitching
Steering Wheel Accent Stitching
Black Euro Stitch
Steering Wheel Materials
Steering Wheel Materials
Smooth Full-Grain Leather
Steering Wheel Type
Steering Wheel Type
Leather Wrapped Flat Bottom Steering Wheel
Turn by Turn Navigation
Turn by Turn Navigation
Optional
USB Ports
USB Ports
2
Vehicle Drive Modes
Vehicle Drive Modes
Standard
Windscreen
Windscreen
7.5 in. Standard Height Clear
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
2020 Slingshot® R Change Model
 
Starting at US MSRP
$32,699
 
Engine Type
Prostar 2.0L 4 Cylinder
 
Infotainment
7" Ride Command Display w/Navigation and Connected Services, Premium Rockford Fosgate Audio and Back-up Camera
 
Model Year
2020
 
Transmission Type
Hydraulically Actuated Automated Manual (AutoDrive) 5 Speed Synchromesh with Reverse / 5 Speed Manual Synchromesh with Reverse
 
Wheel Type
Forged Aluminum

 

Full Comparison

POWERTRAIN AND PERFORMANCE
0-60 MPH
0-60 MPH
4.9 Seconds
Bore x Stroke
Bore x Stroke
93 mm x 73.5 mm
Compression Ratio
Compression Ratio
11.5:1
Displacement
Displacement
1,997 cc
Engine Type
Engine Type
Prostar 2.0L 4 Cylinder
Fuel System
Fuel System
Multiport Injected
Fuel Type
Fuel Type
91 octane or higher
Peak Lateral Grip
Peak Lateral Grip
1.02 g
Peak Power
Peak Power
203 HP at 8,250 RPM
Peak Torque
Peak Torque
144 ft-lbs at 6,500 RPM
Power to Weight Ratio
Power to Weight Ratio
8.2 lb/hp / 8.1 lb/hp
Rev Limit (RPM)
Rev Limit (RPM)
8,500 RPM
Top Speed
Top Speed
Limited to 125 MPH
Valve Train
Valve Train
DOHC
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
DIMENSIONS / CAPACITIES
Curb Weight
Curb Weight
1654 lb (750.24 kg) / 1,640 lb
Fuel Capacity
Fuel Capacity
9.77 gal (37.1 L)
Ground Clearance
Ground Clearance
5.4 in (137.3 mm)
Max Wet Weight
Max Wet Weight
1,749 lb
Overall Vehicle Height
Overall Vehicle Height
51.9 in (1,318 mm)
Overall Vehicle Length
Overall Vehicle Length
149.6 in (3,800 mm)
Overall Vehicle Width
Overall Vehicle Width
77.9 in (1,980 mm)
Track Width
Track Width
69.1 in (1,755 mm)
Wheelbase
Wheelbase
105 in (2,667 mm)
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
BRAKES
Anti lock Braking System
Anti lock Braking System
Standard
Front Brake Rotors
Front Brake Rotors
Vented cast iron rotor, aluminum center hub, 298 mm diameter
Rear Brake Rotors
Rear Brake Rotors
Vented cast iron rotor, aluminum center hub, 298 mm diameter
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
SPECIFICATIONS
Battery
Battery
30AH, 12V, 400 CCA
Electronic Power Steering
Electronic Power Steering
Variable Speed Sensitive Electronic Power Steering 2.0
ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
Standard
Front Lower Accent Lights
Front Lower Accent Lights
LED
Front Upper Accent Lights
Front Upper Accent Lights
LED
Gauges
Gauges
Dual Sweep LED Backlit Gauge with Configurable LCD Display
Headlight
Headlight
LED High & Low Beam
Indicator Lights
Indicator Lights
LED
Interior LED Accent Lights
Interior LED Accent Lights
Bi-Color LED
License Plate Light
License Plate Light
LED
Steering Actuation
Steering Actuation
Rack-and-pinion
Steering Turns
Steering Turns
2.5 Turns
Tail/Brake Light
Tail/Brake Light
LED
Traction Control
Traction Control
Standard
Turn Signals
Turn Signals
LED
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
TIRES AND WHEELS
Front Tire Size
Front Tire Size
225 / 45R18
Front Tire Type
Front Tire Type
Kenda SS-799
Front Wheel Size
Front Wheel Size
18x7.5
Front Wheel Type
Front Wheel Type
Forged Aluminum
Rear Tire Size
Rear Tire Size
305 / 30R20
Rear Tire Type
Rear Tire Type
Kenda SS-799
Rear Wheel Size
Rear Wheel Size
20x11.0
Rear Wheel Type
Rear Wheel Type
Forged Aluminum
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
TRANSMISSION
Bevel Drive Ratio
Bevel Drive Ratio
2.824:1
Clutch Type
Clutch Type
Dry, Single Plate, Hydraulically Actuated
Final Drive Ratio
Final Drive Ratio
1.771:1
Final Drive Type
Final Drive Type
Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt, 36 mm x 147 T
Gear Ratio (1st)
Gear Ratio (1st)
3.251:1
Gear Ratio (2nd)
Gear Ratio (2nd)
1.955:1
Gear Ratio (3rd)
Gear Ratio (3rd)
1.310:1
Gear Ratio (4th)
Gear Ratio (4th)
1.000:2
Gear Ratio (5th)
Gear Ratio (5th)
0.753:1
Gear Shift Pattern (Manual)
Gear Shift Pattern (Manual)
N/A / H
Reverse Gear Ratio
Reverse Gear Ratio
3.180:1
Shock Absorber
Shock Absorber
Revised Twin Tube Gas Charged Coil Overs
Suspension Type
Suspension Type
Independent, Double Wishbone with Forged Aluminum Control Arms
Transmission Type
Transmission Type
Hydraulically Actuated Automated Manual (AutoDrive) 5 Speed Synchromesh w/ Reverse / 5 Speed Manual Synchromesh with Reverse
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
FEATURES AND WARRANTY
12v DC Outlets
12v DC Outlets
2
7" Ride Command Display
7" Ride Command Display
Ride Command 2.0
Color / Graphics
Color / Graphics
Stealth Black, Miami Blue
Connected Services
Connected Services
Standard with 1 Year Coverage
Cruise Control
Cruise Control
Standard
Factory Warranty
Factory Warranty
2 Years, Unlimited Miles
Ignition
Ignition
Proximity Key with Keyless Start
Integrated Steering Wheel Controls
Integrated Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Interior Trim Color
Interior Trim Color
Gloss Black
Main Accent Color
Main Accent Color
Rogue Red, Black Pearl
Paint Scheme / Graphics
Paint Scheme / Graphics
Premium 2-Tone Paint with Full Body Graphics
Passive Security System
Passive Security System
Standard
Rockford Fosgate 100w Audio
Rockford Fosgate 100w Audio
Standard
Steering Wheel Accent Stitching
Steering Wheel Accent Stitching
Turbo Silver Euro Stitch
Steering Wheel Materials
Steering Wheel Materials
Smooth & Perforated Full-Grain Leather
Steering Wheel Type
Steering Wheel Type
Leather Wrapped Flat Bottom Steering Wheel
Turn by Turn Navigation
Turn by Turn Navigation
Standard with 1 Year of Map Updates
USB Ports
USB Ports
2
Vehicle Drive Modes
Vehicle Drive Modes
Standard
Windscreen
Windscreen
7.5 in. Standard Height Tinted
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
2020 Slingshot Grand Touring LE Change Model
 
Starting at US MSRP
$33,999
 
Engine Type
Prostar 2.0L 4 Cylinder
 
Infotainment
7" Ride Command Display w/Navigation and Connected Services, Premium Rockford Fosgate Audio and Back-up Camera / 7" Ride Command Display w/Navigation and Premium Rockford Fosgate Audio
 
Model Year
2020
 
Transmission Type
Hydraulically Actuated Automated Manual (AutoDrive) 5 Speed Synchromesh w/ Reverse
 
Wheel Type
Cast Aluminum

 

Full Comparison

POWERTRAIN AND PERFORMANCE
0-60 MPH
0-60 MPH
N/A
Bore x Stroke
Bore x Stroke
93 mm x 73.5 mm
Compression Ratio
Compression Ratio
11.5:1
Displacement
Displacement
1,997 cc
Engine Type
Engine Type
Prostar 2.0L 4 Cylinder
Fuel System
Fuel System
Multiport Injected
Fuel Type
Fuel Type
91 octane or higher
Peak Lateral Grip
Peak Lateral Grip
1.02 g
Peak Power
Peak Power
178 HP @ 8,500 RPM
Peak Torque
Peak Torque
120 ft lbs @ 5,500 RPM
Power to Weight Ratio
Power to Weight Ratio
9.6 lb/hp
Rev Limit (RPM)
Rev Limit (RPM)
8,500 RPM
Top Speed
Top Speed
Limited to 125 MPH
Valve Train
Valve Train
DOHC
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
DIMENSIONS / CAPACITIES
Curb Weight
Curb Weight
1,700 lb
Fuel Capacity
Fuel Capacity
9.77 gal (37.1 L)
Ground Clearance
Ground Clearance
5.4 in (137.3 mm)
Max Wet Weight
Max Wet Weight
1,749 lb
Overall Vehicle Height
Overall Vehicle Height
51.9 in (1,318 mm)
Overall Vehicle Length
Overall Vehicle Length
149.9 in (3,808 mm)
Overall Vehicle Width
Overall Vehicle Width
77.9 in (1,980 mm)
Track Width
Track Width
69.1 in (1,755 mm)
Wheelbase
Wheelbase
105 in (2,667 mm)
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
BRAKES
Anti lock Braking System
Anti lock Braking System
Standard
Front Brake Rotors
Front Brake Rotors
Vented cast iron, 298 mm diameter
Rear Brake Rotors
Rear Brake Rotors
Vented cast iron, 298 mm diameter
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
SPECIFICATIONS
Battery
Battery
30AH, 12V, 400 CCA
Electronic Power Steering
Electronic Power Steering
Variable Speed Sensitive Electronic Power Steering 2.0
ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
Standard
Front Lower Accent Lights
Front Lower Accent Lights
Optional
Front Upper Accent Lights
Front Upper Accent Lights
LED
Gauges
Gauges
Dual Sweep LED Backlit Gauge with Configurable LCD Display
Headlight
Headlight
LED High & Low Beam
Indicator Lights
Indicator Lights
LED
Interior LED Accent Lights
Interior LED Accent Lights
Bi-Color LED
License Plate Light
License Plate Light
LED
Steering Actuation
Steering Actuation
Rack-and-pinion
Steering Turns
Steering Turns
2.5 Turns
Tail/Brake Light
Tail/Brake Light
LED
Traction Control
Traction Control
Standard
Turn Signals
Turn Signals
LED
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
TIRES AND WHEELS
Front Tire Size
Front Tire Size
225 / 45R18
Front Tire Type
Front Tire Type
Kenda SS-799
Front Wheel Size
Front Wheel Size
18x7.5
Front Wheel Type
Front Wheel Type
Cast Aluminum
Rear Tire Size
Rear Tire Size
255 / 35R20
Rear Tire Type
Rear Tire Type
Kenda SS-799
Rear Wheel Size
Rear Wheel Size
20x9.0
Rear Wheel Type
Rear Wheel Type
Cast Aluminum
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
TRANSMISSION
Bevel Drive Ratio
Bevel Drive Ratio
2.824:1
Clutch Type
Clutch Type
Dry, Single Plate, Hydraulically Actuated
Final Drive Ratio
Final Drive Ratio
1.771:1
Final Drive Type
Final Drive Type
Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt, 36 mm x 147 T
Gear Ratio (1st)
Gear Ratio (1st)
3.251:1
Gear Ratio (2nd)
Gear Ratio (2nd)
1.955:1
Gear Ratio (3rd)
Gear Ratio (3rd)
1.310:1
Gear Ratio (4th)
Gear Ratio (4th)
1.000:1
Gear Ratio (5th)
Gear Ratio (5th)
0.753:1
Gear Shift Pattern (Manual)
Gear Shift Pattern (Manual)
N/A
Reverse Gear Ratio
Reverse Gear Ratio
3.180:1
Shock Absorber
Shock Absorber
Revised Twin Tube Gas Charged Coil Overs
Suspension Type
Suspension Type
Independent, Double Wishbone with Forged Aluminum Control Arms
Transmission Type
Transmission Type
Hydraulically Actuated Automated Manual (AutoDrive) 5 Speed Synchromesh w/ Reverse
No Differences Available
No Differences Available
FEATURES AND WARRANTY
12v DC Outlets
12v DC Outlets
2
7" Ride Command Display
7" Ride Command Display
Ride Command 2.0
Color / Graphics
Color / Graphics
Fairway Green with Bronze Accents
Connected Services
Connected Services
Standard with 1 Year Coverage
Cruise Control
Cruise Control
Standard
Factory Warranty
Factory Warranty
2 Years, Unlimited Miles
Ignition
Ignition
Proximity Key with Keyless Start
Integrated Steering Wheel Controls
Integrated Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Interior Trim Color
Interior Trim Color
Gloss Black
Main Accent Color
Main Accent Color
Bronze
Paint Scheme / Graphics
Paint Scheme / Graphics
Premium Metallic Finish
Passive Security System
Passive Security System
Standard
Rockford Fosgate 100w Audio
Rockford Fosgate 100w Audio
Standard
Steering Wheel Accent Stitching
Steering Wheel Accent Stitching
Black Euro Stitch
Steering Wheel Materials
Steering Wheel Materials
Smooth Full-Grain Leather
Steering Wheel Type
Steering Wheel Type
Leather Wrapped Flat Bottom Steering Wheel
Turn by Turn Navigation
Turn by Turn Navigation
Standard with 1 Year of Map Updates
USB Ports
USB Ports
2
Vehicle Drive Modes
Vehicle Drive Modes
Standard
Windscreen
Windscreen
9.5 in. Tall Height Clear
No Differences Available
No Differences Available