The 2018 Speed Triple retains the design language and styling of the previous model. However, the trademark ‘bug-eye’ headlamps now sport LED DRLs and the bike gets a five-inch colour TFT instrument console.
Apart from these, it also gets a slew of mechanical and technological updates. Triumph has increased the compression ratio to achieve the higher output. The 1050cc in-line three cylinder engine now produces 148bhp and 116Nm of torque, via a six-speed transmission. The electronics package features four riding modes and cruise control. The RS sports an additional ‘Track’ riding mode, Ohlins suspension setup, Arrow exhaust and an IMU-powered ABS and traction control system along with a bi-directional quickshifter as standard.
We can expect Triumph to get the 2018 Speed Triple in India soon. It will go head on with the Kawasaki Z1000, Suzuki GSX-S1000, Aprilia Tuono 1100, MV Agusta Brutale 1090 and the Honda CB1000R and BMW S1000R.