2018 Triumph Speed Triple: After their 2017 smash hit with the Street Triple which was hailed as one of the best performance machines of the year, Triumph is going to be keen on an encore coming into 2018 with the Triumph Speed Triple. The anticipation for the Speed Triple built over the weeks gone-by as Triumph titillated us with a series of teasers and videos, before ultimately breaking cover albeit with two new siblings in the form of the S and RS versions. Now although the silhouette of Triumph big-litre class naked remains the same, the Speed is now lighter, more powerful and hits the ground running with more electronics. Look hard enough and you’ll see the fresh new Triumph design under the skin.
The Triumph Speed Triple continues to draw power from the original 1050 cc three-cylinder inline motor but it has been thoroughly updated with as many as 105 new parts coming in. Upgrades include a new and lighter crankshaft, gear and Nikasil-plated aluminium cylinder liners that are lighter as well and new profile pistons that squeeze the fuel charge into higher compression ratio combustion chambers. Moreover, the head gets optimised exhaust ports for improved gas flow, along with new free-flowing exhaust, larger catalyst and lighter header system, all of which works in tandem to squeeze every last drop of forward motion from the 3-pot inline.
This means the 2018 Triumph Speed Triple S and RS gaining 7 per cent in power and now churns out 146 bhp at 10,500 (1000 rpm higher), while peak torque stands at 116 Nm at 7150 rpm. Putting the power down is a 6-speed transmission system with slipper assist-clutch. To ensure that the Triumph’s body doesn’t hold it back the new Speed gets a new sump, a smaller starter motor and a lighter battery, along with a radiator cowl that is made from carbon fibre to add to weight saving. Weighing in the new Triple at 192 kg on the S and an even more unbelievable 189 kg on the RS models.
The 2018 Triumph Speed Triple S will be the lightest and quickest Speed that Triumph has ever built. While paint schemes are likely to be carried forward titanium rear subframe, graphite wheel pinstripes, silver seat stitching and graphite decals. The Speed Triple RS, on the other hand, will sport Crystal White or Matte Jet Black colours with a matte aluminium rear subframe, red wheel pinstripes, red seat stitching, and RS decals. We expect that the bike will come to India later this year after it is officially launched in the UK.
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