By Dennis Chung
Polaris Industries has updated its Slingshot three-wheeler for 2020, giving it a new 1997cc four-cylinder engine, an automatic transmission, revised suspension and a redesigned cockpit. In all, Polaris says the 2020 Slingshot features “70% new vehicle content” in its first major update since its introduction in 2015.
“We are excited to announce Slingshot’s first-ever automatic style transmission. Our new AutoDrive transmission will open the door for more people to get in, stand out, and take their driving experience to a whole new level,” says Mike Dougherty, President of Polaris Slingshot. “With roughly 70 percent all-new content, we left no stone unturned both inside and out. The all-new ProStar 2.0L engine delivers more power and more fun, while the completely redesigned cockpit and interior elevates the shared experience for both the driver and their passenger.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: The issue of whether or not the Polaris Slingshot should count as a motorcycle has gone on, also since its inception. No, it doesn’t look like a traditional motorcycle, whatever your definition of that includes. From a regulatory perspective, however, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration considers three-wheelers like the Slingshot to be motorcycles, though there are efforts to re-classify them as a new category called “autocycles”. In many states, a motorcycle endorsement is required to operate a Slingshot, and Polaris advises wearing DOT-approved full-face helmets and seatbelts while riding a Slingshot.
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