- Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS globally unveiled
- Gets major overhaul in styling, engine and electronics
- To be launched in India on 28 January
Triumph Motorcycles has globally unveiled the Speed Triple 1200 RS and the motorcycle will be launched in India on 28 January, 2021.
The Speed Triple 1200 RS serves as a major step up from the earlier Speed Triple 1050. As its name suggests, the new Speed Triple uses a bigger engine. And while Triumph has a 1200cc motor in its line-up, the 1160cc, inline-three cylinder engine on the Speed Triple 1200 RS is built from the ground up. This bump in displacement has increased power by 30bhp to a healthy 178bhp and the torque to 125Nm; an increase of 8Nm over the previous model. It comes mated to a new slip and assist clutch as well as an up and down quick shifter.Moreover, the engine revs 650rpm higher and despite it being bigger, it is 7kg lighter than the 1050cc motor.
Speaking of which, the motorcycle is touted to be the lightest Speed Triple ever with a kerb weight of 198kg. It also gets a new chassis and slightly more aggressive riding ergonomics. While Triumph claims that these alterations make the Speed Triple as agile as its younger sibling, the Street Triple, it has also equipped the motorcycle with track-focused hardware. So the Speed Triple 1200 RS boasts of Ohlins-sourced suspension at both ends, top-spec Brembo Stylema brakes and Metzeler Ractec RR tyres.
Adding to its track-focused credentials is the newly updated electronics suite that consists of cornering ABS, switchable cornering traction control, five riding modes-Rain, Road, Sport, Track and a Rider Configurable mode along with cruise and wheelie control. The list of features also includes a GoPro and Bluetooth-enabled five-inch TFT screen that offers two different themes and a full keyless system.
Lastly, the styling has also changed becoming even more aggressive than before with sharper headlamp units fitted with full-LED lighting and a sleeker tank and tail section. The Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS also gets new wheels and a single-sided upswept exhaust unlike the previous gen’s distinctive underseat pipes. Triumph is offering the new Speed Triple in Sapphire Black and Matt Silver Ice colour options.
We can expect the Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS to cost somewhere around Rs 17 lakh, ex-showroom with deliveries expected to take place by early February.