2022 Polaris Slingshot Signature LE
The new Signature Limited Edition is proof that you don’t need a million dollars to turn headsby Khris Bharath, on
This is an all-new limited edition model of the Polaris Slingshot for the 2022 Model year. Called the Signature LE edition, this slingshot that sits at the top of the model-lineup aims to blend Signature Style, Maximum Sound, and ultimate comfort, in a compelling package.
Let’s take a look at what makes it tick shall we. According to Polaris the Slingshot is designed to turn mundane everyday rides into remarkable excursions, and going by the way looks, I definitely agree with them.
2022 Polaris Slingshot Signature LE
Horsepower @ RPM:175
Torque @ RPM:120
I, just like you, was utterly confused when Polaris debuted the Slingshot back in 2015. We’re used to seeing snowmobiles, ATV’s and tiny off-road buggies, but this was the first time that they were having a go at something for the pavement, and they decided to do it with something truly unique.
So, what exactly is the Slingshot? Is it a car? Well, there are no doors. So, is it a motorcycle? Not really as this one rocking three wheels. Let’s just say that it is a blend of a car and a bike.
It turns out that the Slingshot is classified as an autocycle and it can be driven using a regular driver’s license without the need for a motorcycle license. It comes as no surprise that these things are quite popular in warm parts of the country and the one we’re looking at today is a new limited edition model, dubbed the Signature LE. Let’s take a closer look.
Some design elements are unique to the Signature LE edition. Take for instance the Tri-Tone Limited Edition Premium Crimson forge paint and graphics, a first for any Slingshot. There are three standout colors on this limited edition model. Red, black and, matte bronze.
The blacked-out badging and accent graphics contrast rather well against the red paint and the bronze frame and wheels, which are also exclusive to the Signature LE. A 7.5" Tall tinted wind deflector tries to offer some protection from the elements when you’re hammering it down the road at full chat.
Upfront you’ve got a vented hood scoop, made out of durable composite material. It made its debut for the 2022 model year. Not only does it lend the slingshot and aggressive look, but it is actually functional in boosting airflow to a 2.0 Liter ProStar four-cylinder engine. Overall, the aerodynamics of the vehicle is further improved via the vested fenders.
If you’re impressed with how this thing looks on the outside, Polaris has gone to town with it on the insides as well. The Signature LE comes standard with interior lighting by XKGLOW®. You’ll find it in the following areas:
- Under the seats
- Left and right-hand side tubes
- Along with the center console
You can choose between red, green, and blue-collar spectrum, all using Slingshot’s mobile app. With those lights on, this thing should look like something else, driving down a coast road at dusk. The best part, it can be synced with your music playlists.
“We designed our latest limited-edition model to celebrate Slingshot’s iconic signature style,” said Chris Sergeant, Polaris Slingshot Vice President. “When you’re behind the wheel of a Slingshot, there’s no escaping the attention – its bold, one-of-a-kind looks turn casual arrivals into grand entrances. And that’s what the Signature LE is all about – elevating your style and making your mark each time you jump in the cockpit.”
Speaking of music, let’s talk sound system, and the Signature LE is rocking one of the very best ones out there. You’ve got premium audio by Rockford Fosgate®. It allows occupants to listen to personalized playlists with sound coming out of these stage 3 Roll Hoop speakers, which complements the 200W Rockford Fosgate audio system.
Riders can interact with the system through a 7” touchscreen display,7” Display Powered by RIDE COMMAND with Bluetooth®, USB Phone Connectivity, Navigation, Apple CarPlay, and a Complimentary 1-year Trial of RIDE COMMAND+.
The Slingshot really does offer a very different kind of open-air driving/riding experience. Especially when compared to a motorcycle. While things like heated grips and seats are not so uncommon on touring motorcycles, the Slingshot takes it up to a notch with heated and cooled seats, that uses advanced thermoelectric technology to disperse the desired temperature through the flexible graphene material. The switch used to control this system either turn blue or red depending on the set temperature.
I briefly touched upon the engine breathing better through that custom hood scoop. Well, the four-cylinder Prostar 2.0 produces 178 horsepower and 120 pound-feet of torque. As with another slingshot, power is sent exclusively to the 20” rear wheel. You have the choice between a manual or an automatic along with two drive modes.
Depending on the transmission you choose, the Polaris Slingshot weighs anywhere between 1647 pounds for the manual and 1659 for the Autodrive. If you choose the auto, you flick through the cogs using paddle shifters.
|ENGINE TYPE||ProStar 2.0L 4 Cylinder|
|TRANSMISSION||AutoDrive Transmission or Manual 5-speed|
|FUEL CAPACITY||9.77 gallons|
|REV LIMIT||8500 RPM|
|HORSEPOWER||178 HP @ 8,500 RPM|
|TORQUE||120 ft-lbs @ 5500 RPM|
|FRONT/REAR WHEEL||18” /20” Aluminum|
|CURB WEIGHT||AutoDrive: 1,659 lbs Manual: 1,647 lbs|
|L x W x H||149.6 x 77.9 x 51.9 in|
|GROUND CLEARANCE||5.4 in|
|BRAKE ROTORS||Vented Cast Iron|
|Manual Transmission||$34,999 USD / $44,199 CAD|
|AutoDrive||$36,749 USD / $46,699 CAD|
The Signature LE will soon begin shipping to a Polaris dealership near you.
Potential buyers can further customize their new ride for a range of factory accessories from Polaris. These include things like :
- An all-new excursion top
- Color-matched rear fender
- A Stage performance tune with 25 additional horses
To Wrap It Up
The Polaris Slingshot, regardless of the model you choose is already quite a machine, to begin with, and is one of the craziest vehicles you can buy. This new limited edition variant with its bespoke touches, a new high-tech infotainment system, and 178 horses, should make for an immersive and visceral driving experience.