Polaris Slingshot Evolution (Year & Model Differences)

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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

Read 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

 

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