Triumph have just unveiled their all new 2018 Speed Triple S and top-spec Speed Triple RS. Triumph state it is “the most powerful, agile, responsive, and technologically advanced Speed Triple ever”.
The first aspect of the Speed Triple that Triumph are eager to tell us is that the 2018 edition has major improvements to its 1050cc engine with 105 engine enhancements. Triumph emphasise that the new engine gives more power and “a sharper response”.
The new engine has a 1000rpm higher rev limit and puts out a respectable 148bhp, which is 10 horsepower more than the older edition. So, the numbers have pretty much followed up Triumph’s bold claims. However, the Speed Triple is still short of what it’s Italian competitor, the Ducati Monster 1200R has to offer with 160bhp.
As well as increasing power and responsiveness, Triumph have introduced a “newly improved” gearbox which they claim improves “gear shift quality to contribute to a greater feeling of rider control. The theme of the new Speed Triple seems to have been improvements in speed, so naturally Triumph have also added a new output sprocket to improve acceleration.
Furthermore, to keep that racy feel Triumph have gone for the weight reduction approach, with the 2018 Speed Triple RS weighing at 189Kg, as opposed to the older model weighing 212Kg. Even the slightly heavier S version beats the last model with the 2018 Speed Triple S weighing at 192Kg.
Part of this weight reduction is down to the new graded slip assist clutch. Triumph have removed the backlash gear which not only reduces weight, but also, (Triumph claim) improves the sound.
Which brings us onto another part of the 2018 Speed Triple that Triumph are bringing our attention to, the sound. Triumph have loaded the new Speed Triple with a new “freer-flowing” exhaust system.
The system includes a new lighter header system and larger catalyst. But most importantly, the S model features new “race style” silencers, and the RS is fitted with a new premium high level Arrow titanium sports silencer. Which as demonstrated as last nights presentation, makes quite a sweet noise.
Prices are yet to be available, as Triumph aim to tell us how much the “greatest Speed Triple ever made” will cost us on the 26th.