Polaris Slingshot Evolution (Year & Model Differences)

Polaris Slingshot Evolution (Year & Model Differences)

 

2015: This is the first production year for the Polaris Slingshot offered in 3 trim levels.

Base: This model came with no windshield or stereo system. The Front Wheels were 17X7 with +42mm Offset and wrapped in Kenda 205/50R17 tires while the Rear Wheel was 18X9.5 with +45mm Offset and wrapped in Kenda 265/35R18 tires.

 

SL: The SL came with a windshield and stereo. The Front Wheels were 18X7.5 with +42mm Offset and wrapped in Kenda 225/45R18 tires while the Rear Wheel was 20X9 with +45mm Offset and wrapped in Kenda 255/35R20 tires.

 

SL LE: The SL LE (Limited Edition) has Nuclear Sunset Orange paint and came with a windshield and stereo. The Front Wheels were 18X7.5 with +42mm Offset and wrapped in Kenda 225/45R18 tires while the Rear Wheel was 20X9 with +45mm Offset and wrapped in Kenda 255/35R20 tires.

 

2016: In 2016 Everything remained the same with the only change being the SL LE was offered in Black Pearl paint and additionally the frame, control arms, and swing arm were powder coated in red also.

 

 

2016.5: 2016 saw a ½ year split with a 2nd late production run with color changes and the SL LE was offered in 2 color options. Wheel and tire specs remain the same for all models.

 

2017: With the release of the 2017 model year came new paint colors, new sticker packages, and some interior upgrades. In 2017 Polaris upgraded in the seats in the base and SL models to the Velocity Street Seats which are more comfortable than the hollow rubber seats from the previous years and provided more thigh and lateral support. 2017 also saw the introduction of ride command which came with Rockford Fosgate speakers, a new larger LCD touch screen radio, vehicle info center, and turn by turn navigation which was standard on the SLR but optional on the SL. This was also the year Polaris released the new SLR model.

Wheel and tire specs remain the same for the Base, SL, and SL LE models.

 

 

SLR: The SLR came equipped with the Velocity Street Sport seats which are more comfortable than previous year and provided even more thigh and lateral support than the Velocity Street seats found in the base, SL, and SL LE models. The SLR now came with 2 tone paint.

The front wheels on the SLR are 18X7.5 with +42mm offset and wrapped in Kenda 225/45R18 tires while the rear wheel on the SLR is 20X11 with +45mm offset and wrapped in Kenda 305/30R20 tires

 

2018: For the 2018 model year, Polaris said goodbye to the SL LE model and rebadged it the SL Icon. The SL Icon models were the same as the SL with the exception that you had 4 additional color schemes in addition to the standard red and navy colors that were offered for the 2018 SL. Polaris also introduced the GT LE (Grand Touring Limited Edition). The GT LE came with 2 tone paint like the SLR but added their patented Slingshade roof system that had gullwing doors to allow for easier entry and exit. The GT LE also got the wheel and tire specs from the SL model. The SLR remained unchanged but for 2018, there was an SLR LE model offered which was just an additional 2 tone color option. Wheel and tire specs for the other models remains unchanged.

 

2019: For the 2019 model year Polaris ditched the SLR LE after the first year and rebadged it the SLR Icon. All this meant was that you now had a total of 5 colors to choose from for the SLR model. The SL Icon models were reduced to 3 additional color options (2018 had 4 options) all matching the SLR Icon color options. The easiest way to tell the difference between an SL Icon and a SLR Icon is the 2 tone paint on the hood of the SLR and the rear fin will be badged SLR vs SL. Wheel and tire specs for the other models remains unchanged.

 

 

Paint Codes for all colors used from 2015-2019:

Gray Metallic – 602

Red Pearl – 676

Nuclear Sunset Orange – 493

Black Pearl – 666

Gloss Black – 070

Turbo Silver – 402

Blue Fire/White – 620 & 599

White Pearl – 350

Sunset Red – 520

Navy Blue – 727

Midnight Cherry/Pearl White – 554 & 566

Turbo Silver/Black Pearl – 402 & 666

Orange Madness/Black Pearl – 589 & 666

Electric Blue/Black Pearl – 696 & 666

Ghost Gray/Lime Squeeze – 728 & 630

Monument White (also called matte pearl white) (Icon) – 675

Zion Orange (Icon) – 625

Dragon Green (Icon) – 740

Daytona Yellow (also called CMP Yellow Pearl) (Icon) – 743

Midnight Purple (also called Purple Thunder) (Icon) – 381

Matte Cloud Gray(also called Matte Gray Metallic) – 706

White Lightening – 599

Orion Blue (also called STL Blue) – 765

Afterburner Orange (also called Pearl Meltdown) – 707

Black Crystal/White Pearl – 677 & 566

Envy Green (also called Poison Green Pearl) (Icon) – 77

 

2020+

For 2020 Polaris discontinued its use of the 2.4L Ecotec engine and AR5 manual transmission that was used in previous model years as well as discontinuing the base model S and the loaded GT model.  However, the S and GT were both be offered in 2020 but as a 2019.  They will only be offering the SL and the R for the 2020 model year.  Polaris also released its new proprietary Prostar engine with Aisin AutoDrive transmission.  The Prostar engine is a 2.0L naturally aspirated engine which has an RPM red line of 8500RPM. The transmission is a hydraulically actuated automated manual 5 speed synchromesh transmission dubbed AutoDrive.  It is essentially a manual transmission that is shifted my the PCM.  Adding this combo shaved nearly 100lbs off of the curb weight. The front end weas redesigned with new LED running lights and the main LED headlight has been moved to the center where the high beams on the US models used to be.  The hood latch was relocated just above the front grill directly below where it was on previous years.  Polaris also added front filler trim between the headlights and lower “wiskers”.  Both the headlight trim and filler plates can be ordered in a custom color of your choice.  The interior of the Slingshot was also given a makeover.  Cup holders were moved further towards the front to make them more user friendly and a storage space was added in front of the gear selector to hold your cell phone.  The steering wheel has been updated to a flat bottom steering wheel with steering wheel mounted controls to control the infotainment center.  The gauge cluster was also updated to a dual sweep LED back lit gauge with a configurable LCD display.  One of the other updates Polaris gave to the 2nd Gen Slingshot is the amount of turns of the wheel it takes to go lock to lock.  On the 1st gen Slingshot it takes 3.4 turns to go lock to lock with the steering wheel.  This was reduced to 2.5 turns on the 2nd gen.  Suspension has also been updated for 2020 and the Slingshot feels a lot more refined soaking up bumps in the road.  Polaris states that the angle drive was also updated making them stronger and quieter.  Gearing was changed a bit as well for a more refined ride with the Autodrive transmission.

SL: The 178hp 2020 SL is only offered with the autodrive transmission and comes in your choice of Red Pearl or Blue Steel paint.

 

R:  The 203hp 2020 R is available with either a manual or autodrive transmission and comes in your choice of Stealth Black or Miami Blue paint.

 

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