2022 Polaris Slingshot Gains New SLR Trim With 203 HP

The Polaris Slingshot has been around for years, but it’s getting a handful of interesting upgrades for 2022.

SLR trim is back! This model falls between the middle-level SL, and the range-topping R. It starts at $28,899. Buyers will also find lower accent lighting and “premium aluminum wheels” with a wider rear tire than those found on lesser variants.

Although the cabin is largely unchanged from the SL’s, the SLR comes with a Sport Interior Package just like the R. It also includes a Rockford Fosgate sound system and a 7 inch infotainment screen with Bluetooth connectivity.

The SLR also features the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from the R model. The engine produces 203 hp (151 kW / 206PS) and 144 lbft (195Nm) of torque. This is a major upgrade to the S or SL, which have 178 hp (313 kW / 180 PS), and 120 lb-163 Nm (163 Nm). A five-speed manual transmission is available, while a five speed automated manual can be purchased for $1,750.

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Slingshot R receives several upgrades for 2022. A new vented hood with a ram-air intake is the most notable. It emphasizes the model’s aggressiveness, while also “improving aerodynamics and cockpit airflow.” However, you don’t have to upgrade to the range-topping model to get it as the hood will also be offered as an accessory for all 2020-2022 models.

Besides the new hood, the R now comes equipped with four-piston Brembo front brakes that promise to offer “unrivaled stopping power.” They feature red or orange calipers as well as rotors that are 14% larger than those found on lesser variants. However, Brembo brakes are available as an option on all trims.

The 2022 Slingshot is available with an Excursion Top, which costs $1,799.99. It features a removable soft top as opposed to the Slingshade’s fiberglass roof with T-tops.

Moving on, there are four “thoughtfully curated accessory collections that dramatically enhance the Slingshot experience for the driver’s personal preference and driving style.” The first is known as the Drive Series, and it includes the aforementioned ventilated hood and Excursion Top. They’re joined by a ripper ventilated wind deflector, heated/ventilated seats, and a Stage 1 Prostar Tune that adds 25 hp (19 kW / 25 PS).

Although the Escape Series is a different route, it retains both heated/ventilated seat and Excursion Top. This model is all about storage. The new version comes with a roll hoop storagebag, a center console bag and dashboard bags as well as driver/passenger and passenger bags.

Rockford Fosgate’s roll hoop sound system and XKGlow lighting system bring a party atmosphere to the Show Series. The Slingshot app allows owners to choose the colors to display or to set up the lighting to play to music.

Lastly, there’s the Design Series, which features a ventilated hood, the Slingshade roof, and “countless color-matched parts.” They’re joined by blacked-out badging and a wind deflector.

Prices for the 2022 Polaris Slingshot start at $19999, and go up to $32,499 for R. Pricing for the entry level model remains the same as last year, but the R version is $1,200 higher than last. The SL, on the other hand, climbs $1,000 to begin at $25,999.

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Author: Brandon Park