Looking for a hot and hungry, power crunching roadster to hit the highway in? Then you’re in luck, as the 2020 Polaris Slingshot SL has just what you need. This dependable and well-designed vehicle, gives your the feel of a convertible sports car with the agility of a finely tuned bike. Built strictly for fun on the open road, both weekend warriors needing to feel speed, and hardcore adrenaline junkies will enjoy this pavement chomping monster. The current 2020 Polaris Slingshot SL is a huge step beyond its predecessor, having undergone a solid, 70 percent update, leaving its last generation in the dirt.
1. AutoDrive Automatic Transmission
The stick shift is so yesterday for the 2020 Slingshot SL, as it’s offering an automatic transmission called AutoDrive, stating that the AutoDrive is “a hydraulically actuated automated manual 5 speed sychromesh transmission” . Instead of the stick shift, you are left with three buttons: Reverse, drive, and neutral. Basically, automatic transmission does away with the stick shift and clutch pedal. In other words, only the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals are all that’s needed to take the Slingshot SL on the road. This is an added benefit, as it makes the SL more inclusive for buyers who’ve no idea or desire to shift.
2. Brand New Prostar 2.0 L Inline Four-cylinder Engine
This is an entirely new engine build from Polaris, crafted brand new, just for the 2020 Slingshot SL, called the Prostar 2.0 L Inline Four-Cylinder Engine. The past generation used a GM sourced engine, so the engineers at Polaris thought to create an engine from the ground up, one that would suit their hungry little speedster. The new engine generates 178 HP, Rev limit is 8500 rpms, top speed is 125 mph, and it hits 0 to 60 in 4.9 seconds.
3. Motorcycle or Car, Which is it?
When you see the fierce and aggressive exterior styling of the expertly engineered, 2020 Polaris Slingshot SL punching down the pavement, your first reaction might be, “What a striking, powerful sports car!”. Then, as it powers past you, it’s thundering exhaust leaving you in the dust, you realize that there’s only one wheel in the back! That is because the Slingshot is an autocycle: A three-wheeled motorcycle. However, it’s a three-wheeled motorcycle that comes with sporty seating with a steering wheel, gas and brake pedals. As for classification, the autocycle is considered to be a motorcycle when it comes to regulations and safety issues. But as always, please check with your local state regulations for up-to-date information.
4. New Sporty, Flat-Bottomed Steering Wheel
Among customer concerns for the previous model, was its overly large, cumbersome steering wheel. Well, Polaris heard and listened. The 2020 Polaris Slingshot SL now has a smaller, more efficient flat bottomed steering wheel. Why should that make a difference? It’s simple, flat bottomed steering wheels offer benefits for those who drive sporty cars. For example, flat bottomed steering wheels provide the driver with extra space and leg room, which comes in handy for a sporty autocycle like the SL. It’s also a great indicator to see if you’re driving straight. Finally, flat bottomed steering wheels are sports car tech, and necessary in racing cars, so it adds that little extra bit of ‘sporty’ appearance to the overall interior of the SL
5. Accessories Aplenty Make the 2020 Slingshot SL Yours
Let’s face it, the 2020 Slingshot SL is all about fun. This courageous, handsome and speedy three-wheeler has a personality all its own. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t go one step further and personalize it just for you. Polaris knows this, and has funneled some of the Slingshot’s resources into providing you with top-of-the-line accessories, just for you. They offer the owner both functional and stylish accessories such as wind deflectors, front grilles and fenders. They also offer men and women’s riding apparel based on their brand.
6. Yes, You Can Build Your Own Slingshot SL
Do you find the Polaris, 2020 Slingshot SL a fascinating ride? If so, did you know that you can further extend the joy and fun of three-wheel riding by actually crafting your very own Slingshot SL? Yes you can, and Polaris makes it really easy to do so. Just visit their website, take a quick look around, get your bearings and begin to build. Customizing has never been so easy. Choose between 3 New Series: Design series, weekender series or premier series, then proceed to load up the options, add some accessories, and before long, you’re the proud owner of a customized 2020 Slingshot SL.
7. Ample Storage
You wouldn’t think it, but this engaging three-wheeler autocycle has more than enough storage space necessary for an afternoon drive. First, if you take a look at the interior, you’ll notice two well-crafted, sharp looking and comfortable bucket seats. Now, take each seat and bring the back forward, and there you’ll find two spacious storage compartments. There’s also a handy glove compartment on the passenger side, which is surprisingly spacious. Don’t forget that you can also order storage accessories specifically designed for the 2020 Polaris Slingshot SL
8. 2 Drive Modes: Comfort and Slingshot
The 2020 Slingshot SL comes with two driving modes for your enjoyment.The first is the Comfort Driving Mode. As the name suggests, this mode provides you with a relaxing, easy spin through the back roads. However, if you feel the need for some more aggressive driving, then flip on the Slingshot mode to get the most out of your dashing, three-wheeler. In fact, the 2020 Slingshot SL can reportedly reach a top speed of 125 miles per hour, so go and grab a helmet and sign up for a test drive.
9. Infotainment System
The 2020 Slingshot SL also has a brand new, redesigned Ride Command Infotainment System. Central to it all, is the inclusion of a quad-core processor, which ensures a quick and responsive system. Next, they installed an improved 7 inch display screen. The screen now is much brighter, and the viewing angle has been updated to make certain you can see the screen easily. But that’s not all, the SL gives you the option to add a GPS turn-by-turn navigation system, as well as including a rear view camera. As for audio, you get a top-of-the-line, 100 Watt Rockford Fosgate system.
10. Licensing and Other Regulations are State Dependent
There have been lawmakers taking up the cause of trying to make the safety standards for autocycles a federal matter, such as congressman Vitter, for one. After all, an autocycle is a conundrum for some when it comes to creating blanket regulations for this part car/part motorcycle hybrid. All of this might make a first time buyer wonder about the licensing requirements. That being said, the licensing for a 2020 Polaris Slingshot SL depends on the state where you live, so Polaris has given you an up-to-date map of all 50 states regarding licensing. With regards to helmet laws and other safety issues, contact your state government for details.