British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph Motorcycles has revealed the new 2018 Speed Triple. The naked motorcycle will be offered in two variants: S and RS. The 2018 iteration of the litre-class naked now comes with a host of updates in the form of advanced electronics, bump in the power output and reduced weight. The overall design of the 2018 Speed Triple has not changed much.
The 2018 Triumph Speed Triple continues to draw power from the existing 1,050cc three-cylinder engine, but the 2018 avatar gets 105 new parts. The new components include lighter Nikasil-plated aluminium cylinder liners, lighter crank gear, new cylinder head and piston profile with improved compression and new free flowing exhaust.
All these changes translate into a bump in the power output by seven percent, and the 1,050cc engine now produces 146bhp at 10,500rpm and a peak torque of 116Nm at 7,150rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox assisted by a slipper clutch. The lighter battery, new sump and a smaller starter motor have resulted in reduced kerb weight.
Triumph has also tweaked the oil-flow through the cylinder. The front fender and radiator cowl are made up of carbon fibre which also plays a prominent role in weight reduction. The new 2018 Triumph Speed Triple now has a kerb weight of 192kg for the S variant and 189kg for the RS model.
The 2018 Speed Triple also comes with a host of electronic updates in the form of a new 5-inch TFT instrument cluster which displays loads of information. The motorcycle gets a new joystick to access the controls easily. Both the Speed Triple S and RS gets cruise control as standard, and the RS variant also features keyless ignition with a special lock/unlock button.
The 2018 Speed Triple S is equipped with four riding modes, whereas the RS gets additional Track riding mode. The Speed Triple RS also features an inertial measurement unit (IMU), developed in collaboration with Continental. The safety features of the motorcycle include cornering ABS and traction control.
Fully adjustable Showa suspension handles the suspension duties on the 2018 Speed Triple S, and the RS is equipped with Ohlins suspension. The Speed Triple can shed speed quickly thanks to the dual 320mm disc at the front with four-piston Brembo monobloc callipers at the front and 255mm disc at the rear with Nissin calliper.
The 2018 Speed Triple S will be offered in Jet Black or Crystal White paint schemes with titanium rear, silver seat stitching, graphite wheel pinstripes and decals. The Speed Triple RS will be available in Crystal White and Matte Jet Black colours with RS decals.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The 2018 Triumph Speed Triple
The new 2018 avatar of the Triumph Speed Triple S and RS boats a host of updates to the engine and other mechanical components. The reduced kerb weight and new engine parts have resulted in a bump in the power output. But the overall design remains almost the same. We expect Triumph to launch the updated Speed Triple in the Indian market in 2018.