Polaris Slingshot / SL


Make Model

Polaris Slingshot and Slingshot SL




GM Ecotech, four cylinder, DOHC, VVT


2384 cc / 145.5 cu-in

Bore x Stroke

88 x 98 mm



Cooling System

Liquid cooled


91 octane or higher




575 CCA


2 x Projector Hi/Lo H3, 44W (center)

Auxiliary Light

2 x Projector Hi/Lo H3, 44W (outboard)

Other Lights


Maximum Power

127.2 kW / 173 hp @ 6200 rpm

Maximum Torque

224.8 Nm / 22.9 kgf-m / 166 ft-lbs @4700 rpm


Dry, single plate, hydraulically operated


5-Speed synchromesh with reverse

Final Drive

Carbon fibre reinforced belt, 36 mm x 147T

Gear Ratios

1st 3.753 / 2nd 2.258 / 3rd 1.512 / 4th 1.000 / 5th 0.729:1

Final Drive Ratio


Reverse Gear Ratio



Rack and pinion

Steering Assist

Polaris EPAS, speed sensitive

Steering Turns (lock-to-lock)



Steel space frame

Front Suspension

With ESP

Rear Suspension

Single sided swingarm, with ESP

Front Brakes

298 mm, vented, ABS, traction control

Rear Brakes

298 mm, vented, ABS, traction control


Sandard: 2x Cast, 8 spokes
SL :         2x Cast,10 spokes

Front Rim

Standard: 7 x 17 J
SL :       7.5 x 18 J

Front Tyre

Standard: 2x 205/50 R17, Kenda 799
SL :          2x 255/45 R18, Kenda 799

Rear Rim

Standard: 9.5 x 18 J
SL:           9.0 x 20J

Rear Tyre

Standard: 265/35 R18, Kenda 799
SL :          255/45 R18, Kenda 799


Length: 3800 mm / 149.6 in
Width:  1960 mm / 77.6 in
Height: 1318 mm / 51.9 in

Track Width

1755 mm / 69.1 in


2667 mm / 105.0 in

Ground Clearance

127 mm / 5.0 in

Seat Height


Dry Weight

Standard: 756 kg / 1666 lbs
SL :          764 kg / 1864 lbs

Wet Weight

Standard: 782 kg / 1725 lbs
SL :          791 kg / 1743 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

37.1 L / 9.77 US gal


The Polaris Slingshot is powered by a DOHC, 16-valve, 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine (an 'EcoTec' engine, sourced from General Motors) that produces 173 horsepower at 6200rpm, and 225Nm of torque at 4700 revs. With a kerb weight of 790 kilos, the Slingshot's power-to-weight ratio is definitely not comparable to that of a contemporary litre-class superbike. But if nothing else, the Slingshot should at least be able to corner harder and faster than almost any two-wheeled motorcycle...


Noteworthy bits on the new Polaris Slingshot include its light and stiff steel spaceframe, aluminum swingarm, carbonfibre-reinforced drive belt, forged aluminum roll hoops, electronic stability and traction control, ABS (on all three wheels) and 3-point seatbelts. "The Slingshot was designed to deliver head turning exhilaration on two dimensions. First is the exhilaration that you can see, hear, and feel while riding in it. And second is the exhilaration you feel when people turn their heads to stare at the Slingshot's unique and exotic styling," says Mike Jonikas, a Vice President at Polaris.


With side-by-side seating for two, including the driver (rider?), the US$19,999 Slingshot rolls on 17-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) wheels, while the more expensive (US$23,999) Slingshot SL gets 18-inch forged aluminium wheels at the front, a 20-inch rear wheel, a windscreen for some wind protection, a 'media console' with a 4.3-inch LCD screen, back-up camera, Bluetooth integration, and a 6-speaker audio system.