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Polaris Slingshot Buying Guide

Polaris Slingshot

Table of Contents

Polaris Slingshot History and Overview
Polaris Slingshot for Sale
What’s New for 2022?
Polaris Slingshot Features
Polaris Slingshot Specifications
Polaris Slingshot MPG, Fuel Capacity and Fuel Type
Polaris Slingshot Price
Polaris Slingshot Top Speed
Polaris Slingshot Colors
Polaris Slingshot Accessories
Frequently Asked Questions About the Polaris Slingshot

Polaris Slingshot History and Overview

Born as a prototype designed by Polaris engineers in 2010, the Slingshot was introduced to the U.S. in 2014 as a 2015 model year. A three-wheeled, open-air autocycle with a low center of gravity and a no-lean driving experience, the Slingshot has become one of the most popular models on our site. Detractors of the Slingshot will point to its polarizing design with its angular, aggressive, and unique styling, while some consumers are confused as to whether the vehicle should be classified as a car or a motorcycle. Technically, the Slingshot is classified as an autocycle since the driver and passenger sit down, and the controls are very much like a car. Prior to 2020, all Slingshots were powered by a GM Ecotec engine which was the same engine found in the Chevy Cruze and a few other small GM passenger vehicles. Polaris started using its own engine in 2020.

Reviewers have pointed out that the Slingshot has the downside of a motorcycle (noise, exposed to the elements) plus the downside of a car (car size dimensions, mediocre handling). Depending on how you view a car that has motorcycle qualities, maybe this is the type of driving experience just for you. Of course, the Slingshot is better suited for climates with plenty of sun, which is why you’ll find a lot of them in southern California, Arizona, and Florida. Regardless, Polaris has created a vehicle with a unique driving experience, and consumers have raved about how fun they are; maybe this explains their popularity in the rental space. Is this a novelty vehicle? Perhaps. In a world where the automotive and motorcycle press wants to define and label every vehicle as being in a particular box, maybe it’s OK that the Slingshot blurs the lines between a car and a motorcycle.

Polaris Slingshot for Sale

What’s New for 2022?

The 2022 Slingshot is offered in 5 different models (S, SL, SLR, R, and Signature LE). All are available with an automated-manual transmission (in older models, automatic was not an option), new color and accessory options, two different roof configurations are now optional, and a new Brembo brake package featuring painted calipers and oversized rotors, which is standard on the R but optional on all other models. Paddle shifters, first introduced in 2021, continue to be an optional feature on all automated-manual models except the R, where it is included. The SLR returns after a short break, and the Signature LE model is new for 2022. The technology and infotainment options are an improvement compared to previous models. The R and Signature LE models offer the most tech features, not to mention the vented hood and designer wheels make these models stand out more. The 2022 models began showing up in dealer showrooms in February. Here is where you can find a local Polaris dealer near you.

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The Slingshot SLR featured with and without the optional Slingshade roof, which is a $3,500 option.

Polaris Slingshot Features

  • Proximity Key with Keyless Start
  • Three wheel “trike”
  • Three-point seatbelts
  • Two passenger seating
  • Weather-proof interior
  • Cruise control
  • ABS brakes
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Integrated Steering Wheel Controls (Optional on S model)
  • Traction Control
  • Vehicle Hill Hold
  • Security system (optional on S model)
  • LED headlights, indicator, license plate, turn signals and main brake light
  • Rockford Fosgate audio system (optional on the S model)
  • Paddle Shifters is only available if you upgrade to the automated-manual transmission (standard on the R model)
  • Apple CarPlay is only standard on the R and LE models
  • Infotainment display (optional on the S model)
  • Engine type: Prostar 2.0L 4 Cylinder
  • The SL has the most color choices

Polaris Slingshot Specifications

  • Model years: 2015 - Present
  • Curb weight: 1,636 – 1,668 lbs.
  • Max wet weight: 1,749lbs
  • Fuel capacity: 9.77 gallons
  • Ground clearance: 5.4 inches
  • Vehicle height: 51.9 inches
  • Vehicle length: 149.6 inches
  • Fuel type: 91 octane or higher
  • Peak lateral grip: 1.02 g
  • Peak power: 178 – 203 HP (R and SLR models are 203)
  • Rev limit: 8,500 RPM
  • Valve train: DOHC
  • Front brake rotors: Vented cast iron, 298 mm diameter (R model: 339 mm)
  • Front calipers: Aluminum 1 piston (R model: Brembo aluminum 4 piston)
  • Rear brake rotors: Vented cast iron, 298 mm diameter
  • Rear calipers: Aluminum 1 piston
  • Battery: 30AH, 12V, 400 CCA
  • Vehicle width: 77.9 inches
  • Track width: 69.1 inches
  • Wheelbase: 105 inches
  • Bore x Stroke: 93 mm x 73.5mm
  • Compression ratio: 11.5:1
  • Engine displacement: 1,997 cc
  • Fuel system: Multiport injected
  • Power steering system: Variable speed sensitive electronic power steering 2.0
  • Steering actuation: Rack-and-pinion
  • Steering turns: 2.5 turns
  • Front tire size: 225 / 45R18
  • Front wheel size: 18 x 7.5
  • Rear tire size: 255 / 35R20 (305 / 30R20 for the R and SLR models)
  • Rear wheel size: 20 x 9.0 (20 x 11 for the R and SLR models)
  • Suspension: Independent, Double Wishbone
  • Clutch: Dry, Single Plate, Hydraulicly Actuated
Source: Polaris Slingshot 2022-Polaris-Slingshot-LE

The Slingshot Signature LE is the top tier model featuring “superior style, maximum sound, and ultimate comfort” according to the company.

Polaris Slingshot MPG, Fuel Capacity and Fuel Type

Polaris Slingshot fuel efficiency:

Polaris hasn't stated the average miles per gallon for any of the 2022 models. However, reviewers and owners have claimed to get anywhere between 23 to 33 mpg, with 28 mpg seeming to be the average. Each model has a fuel capacity of 9.77 gallons, and the manufacturer recommends you use 91 octane or higher gasoline.

Polaris Slingshot Price

How much is a Polaris Slingshot?:

The entry-level Slingshot S has a base price of $19,999, although a version with a technology package can be had for $22,799. The SL starts at $25,999; the SLR starts at $28,899, the R starts at $32,499, and the Signature LE has a price tag starting at $34,999. All these prices are for the manual version; if you want an automatic transmission, it will cost you an additional $1,750 to $2,000, depending on the model. MSRP does not include a logistics surcharge of $900 or destination and set up fees.

Used Polaris Slingshot Price:

At the time when we published this buying guide, a used 2015 – 2021 Slingshot cost between $16,000 to $20,000.

Polaris Slingshot Top Speed

The top speed of all 2022 Polaris Slingshot models is capped at 125 mph. On average, you can go from 0-60 mph in 5 seconds.

Polaris Slingshot Colors

Each model’s color choices below are available for both the manual and automatic transmission versions.

S Color Options:
2022 Polaris Slingshot Color-Slingshot-Ghost-Gray
2022 Polaris Slingshot Color-Slingshot-Slingshot-Red
SL Color Options:
2022 Polaris Slingshot Color-Slingshot-Red-Pearl
2022 Polaris Slingshot Color-Slingshot-Ultra-Blue
2022 Polaris Slingshot Color-Slingshot-Moonlight-Metallic-White
2022 Polaris Slingshot Color-Slingshot-Volt-Orange
2022 Polaris Slingshot Color-Slingshot-Miami-Blue
2022 Polaris Slingshot Color-Slingshot-Liquid-Lime
SLR Color Options:
2022 Polaris Slingshot Color-Slingshot-Forged-Orange
2022 Polaris Slingshot Color-Slingshot-Forged-Red
R Color Options:
2022 Polaris Slingshot Color-Slingshot-R-Pacific-Teal-Fade
2022 Polaris Slingshot Color-Slingshot-R-Midnight-Storm
2022 Polaris Slingshot Color-Slingshot-R-Liquid-Lime
2022 Polaris Slingshot Color-Slingshot-R-Volt-Orange
Signature LE Color Options:
2022 Polaris Slingshot Color-Slingshot-Signature-Le-Crimson

Polaris Slingshot Accessories

Here are some of the popular and useful OEM accessories you may want to consider for your 2022 Slingshot. These prices are valid as of the publish date of this guide and could change.

2022-Polaris-Slingshot-S 2022 Slingshot S with the Excursion Top and Vented Sport Hood.


Published Apr 6th, 2022

Polaris Slingshot Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much is a Polaris Slingshot?

    The entry-level Slingshot S has a base price of $19,999, although a version with a technology package can be had for $22,799. The SL starts at $25,999, the SLR starts at $28,899, the R starts at $32,499, and the Signature LE has a price tag starting at $34,999. All these prices are for the manual version; if you want an automatic transmission, it will cost you an additional $1,750 to $2,000, depending on the model. MSRP does not include a logistics surcharge of $900 or destination and set up fees.
  • Is the Polaris Slingshot a motorcycle?

    The Slingshot is classified as a three-wheeled “autocycle” at the federal level. As of early 2022, Alaska, Massachusetts, and New York are the only states which classify the Slingshot as a motorcycle. Since the classification status is subject to change, check with your state’s DMV to confirm all state laws and the classification.
  • Does a Polaris Slingshot require a motorcycle license?

    Since most states, but not all, classify the Slingshot as an “autocycle,” you can drive it with a standard driver’s license. However, as of 2022, Alaska, Massachusetts, and New York were the only states which consider the Slingshot a motorcycle, meaning you need a motorcycle license to operate it. Of course, state laws can change, so be sure to check with your local DMV.
  • How many CC is a Polaris Slingshot?

    The 2022 Polaris Slingshot Grom has a 1997cc Prostar 2.0L 4 Cylinder engine, and this same engine has been powering all Slingshots since 2020. The 2015 – 2019 model years were powered by a 2.4 liter, 2,384cc GM Ecotec engine.
  • How much does a Polaris Slingshot weigh?

    The curb weight of a Polaris Slingshot is between 1,636 and 1,668 lbs. depending on the model you select. With a full tank of gas, a Polaris weighs 1,749lbs.
  • How fast is a Polaris Slingshot?

    The top speed of all 2022 Polaris Slingshot models is capped at 125 mph. On average, you can go from 0-60 mph in 5 seconds.
  • Do they make an automatic Polaris Slingshot?

    Yes. While automatic was not an option in previous model years, all 2022 models are available with automatic transmission for an additional $1,750 to $2,000 depending on the model. Manual is standard in all Slingshots except the SLR.
  • Does the Polaris Slingshot have AC?

    No. The 2022 models do not have AC or Heat; however, you can get heated and cooled seats as an optional accessory upgrade for $1,230 per seat.
  • What are the dimensions of a Polaris Slingshot?

    All 2022 Slingshot models have the same overall dimensions: height of 51.9 inches, length of 149.6 inches, and an overall width of 77.9 inches.
  • Does the Slingshot have a trunk?

    No, unfortunately. You can purchase optional accessory storage bags for between $115 - $250, but none of these are big enough to transport items like groceries or a set of golf clubs. If you are traveling solo, your best bet is to use your passenger seat for transporting larger items.
  • What year did the Polaris Slingshot come out?

    The Slingshot has been in production ever since it debuted in 2014 as a 2015 model year.
  • How much is a Polaris Slingshot per month?

    Assuming a $28,000 price, a 6% state and local sales tax, using a 3% interest rate for 60 months, and $5,000 down, your financed payment should be around $443 per month. These are not exact figures and are only an example. Your exact monthly payment will depend on the financed rate you qualify for, your credit score, and your bank’s terms, while tax depends on where you live.
  • Where can I get the 2022 Slingshot owner’s manual?

    You can download the 2022 Slingshot owner’s manual for all models here. Polaris also has the owner manuals for all previous model years at that same link.

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