- Next-gen Triumph Tiger 1200 spied testing
- Likely to feature the same engine as the new Speed Triple
- Design, hardware and features will also be updated
Triumph was spotted testing the next-generation model of its flagship adventure tourer, the Tiger 1200, last year. The spy images had revealed that the bike will sport a host of major updates, the most significant of which will perhaps be the new engine borrowed from its recently-launched naked stablemate, the 2021 Speed Triple.
Folks at Motorrad Online came up with this possibility after closely inspecting the acquired spy shots of the next-gen Tiger 1200 undergoing test runs. They believe it was running the same 1,160cc inline triple cylinder engine as the new Speed Triple. On its RS trim, this unit churns out 178bhp and 125Nm and it is the revised version of the bike’s previous 1,050cc mill.
Triumph will have multiple advantages in using this engine for the new Tiger 1200. Besides being compliant with the new emission norms, it is more powerful than the Tiger’s existing 1,215cc fuel-burner. Interestingly, the new Speed Triple’s motor is also lighter which will aid in bringing down the overall kerb weight of the Tiger. Another major change visible in the test mule was the inclusion of a new two-arm swingarm.
Similar to the new range of Tiger 900, the Tiger 1200 too seems to have received a sharper and more compact bodywork. We might also see a host of new electronics aids and all these changes will definitely bring along a hefty price hike. While its international launch timeline is not known yet, we expect it to take place in the second half of this year. And this will mostly be followed by its India launch.