The 2020 Slingshot comes as standard with a manual transmission but new for the latest model year is the availability is an automated manual that handles shifting on its own.
For entry-level Slingshot SL models, this engine delivers 180 hp and 120 lb-ft (162 Nm) of torque sent through the single rear wheel. Higher-spec Slingshot R models enjoy 203 hp and 144 lb-ft (195 Nm) which is 30 hp more and 22 lb-ft (29 Nm) less than provided by the outgoing GM-sourced 2.4-liter four-cylinder. However, it’s noted that the smaller 2.0-liter engine revs much higher (to 8,500 rpm no less) and is much smoother.
The new AutoDrive transmission, which has five-speed automated manual that works like a full automatic, and it operated via pushbuttons. The AutoDrive gearbox is standard on the SL, while on the R, a traditional manual remains available, and the AutoDrive is an extra-cost option.
The exterior styling is probably the least-changed element of the 2020 Slingshot. The front end is revised and incorporates new LED lighting. The visual tweaks also include new wheel designs. Underneath are revisions to the frame and suspension.
Prices for the 2020 Polaris Slingshot SL with the automatic transmission start at $26,499 while the Slingshot R is available from $30,999 with the manual and $32,699 with the auto ‘box.