TRIUMPH’S SPEED TRIPLE RS REVEALED | MANUFACTURER NEWS
Triumph tears the covers off its all-new Speed Triple RS
All-new in every dimension, the Speed Triple 1200 RS has been purpose designed from the ground up to deliver an absolute revolution in terms of Speed Triple power, performance, handling and technology, giving the ultimate performance naked sports ride.The new Speed Triple 1200 RS will be available in Dealers from March with pricing announced for Australia at $25,600 + on-road costs.
With an all-new higher capacity 1160cc triple engine developed with insight from our Moto2™ race engine programme, the new Speed Triple 1200 RS delivers 180PS peak power at 10,750 rpm and 125NM peak torque at 9,000 rpm, giving an incredibly exhilarating ride. It’s also more responsive, it is 650rpm higher revving, and comes with a new free-breathing intake and exhaust for a hair-raising new triple soundtrack.
The powertrain has been completely re-designed, with every single element engineered for increased performance and reduced mass, making the new engine significantly lighter, by 7kg. It’s more compact compared to the previous Speed Triple powertrain, despite the bigger capacity, giving the new model the perfect balance of aggression, performance and control.
Significantly higher power and torque
The engine delivers significantly higher power and torque compared to the previous generation – making this the most powerful and torque-rich Speed Triple ever – with fantastic performance and character across the entire rev range, and all of the signature “wall of torque” triple delivery, taken to a whole new level.
The engine delivers blistering new performance, with 30PS more power and a peak of 180PS at 10,750 rpm. It revs harder, with the red line now raised by 650 rpm to 11,150rpm, and maintains all of the incredible torque and character in the low and mid range that the Speed Triple has always been renowned for, with 125 Nm peak torque at 9,000rpm, 8Nm more than the outgoing model.
Incredible power-to-weight ratio
The outstanding performance of the new 3 cylinder engine, combined with the reduced weight of the all-new Speed Triple 1200 RS, delivers the highest power-to-weight ratio in the Speed Triple’s history, over 25% greater than the previous generation, and nearly double the original 1994 Speed Triple.
The best sounding Speed Triple ever produced
Thanks to the all-new free-breathing intake and exhaust system, the new Speed Triple 1200 RS is also the best sounding Speed Triple ever produced, with a visceral intake roar and characteristic triple exhaust howl.
Thanks to 12% less powertrain inertia, the engine also picks up quicker, feels sharper, and sounds sharper still.
Optimised new clutch and gearbox
There is a new lighter weight slip and assist clutch which uses state-of-the-art friction compound to reduce the number of clutch plates, minimising mass and improving clutch feel, while maximising control during high speed downshifting.
Combined with a completely new, and more compact, stacked 6-speed gearbox, gear changes are significantly smoother than the previous generation, with an optimised ratio progression.
Performance is further enhanced by the new ignition system, with twin tip spark plugs for increased durability at high engine speeds as well as by a reduced weight of the cooling system, neatly packaged with an integrated oil circuit heat exchanger.
THE MOST AGILE, PRECISE, DYNAMIC AND RESPONSIVE HANDLING SPEED TRIPLE EVER.
10kg lighter and with an all-new lightweight chassis, all new rider ergonomics and a more dominant and purposeful riding position, the new Speed Triple 1200 RS is nothing less than a handling revolution. Premium track specification equipment includes new Brembo Stylema® brakes, Metzeler RACETEC™ RR tyres and performance tuned Öhlins suspension.
All of these improvements combine to deliver a new Speed Triple 1200 RS that’s been designed to feel as agile and dynamic to ride as a Street Triple RS.
All-new lightweight chassis
The all-new chassis has been designed from the ground up to deliver the lightest and best handling Speed Triple ever, with even more agile, precise and dynamic handling, in a tighter, more toned, and mass centralised package.
With a wet weight of just 198kg, the new bike is an incredible 10kg lighter than the previous generation. It has a 17% lighter cast aluminium frame with weight distribution that is further forward and lower down.
Dominant and purposeful riding position
The new Speed Triple 1200 RS has 13mm wider handlebars, delivering a more dominant and purposeful riding position, giving better feel and control for a more predictable ride. Improvements in the ergonomics of the bike and the riding position are achieved through the new footrest position, which has been moved inwards slightly from the previous generation model, allowing improved ground clearance without compromising leg room.
Substantial improvements have also been made to the seat profile and construction, which is now more comfortable, while allowing the rider to take a more natural tucked-in position for focussed riding. Seat height is a comfortable 830mm.
Premium Öhlins fully adjustable suspension
Contributing to the handling revolution of the all-new Speed Triple 1200 RS are premium track specification components fitted as standard.
The fully-adjustable Öhlins suspension both front and rear has been tuned to deliver the optimum balance of performance, comfort and control.
On the front, the Speed Triple 1200 RS has Öhlins NIX30 upside down forks, adjustable for pre-load, rebound and compression damping, while on the rear the rider can benefit from the Öhlins TTX36 twin tube monoshock, also adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping.
The entire suspension package has been tuned for the bike’s lower weight, higher power and torque, and new geometry, and developed to feel just as at home on the track as it is on the road.
High performance Brembo brakes
Incredible stopping power is provided by the new Brembo brakes on both front and rear.
On the front, the new high-performance twin Brembo Stylema® radial monobloc front calipers, with lighter 320mm front discs, ensure track-ready braking power, and on the rear a single Brembo twin-piston rear caliper enables the rider to balance the braking effort and enhances the overall control of the bike both on the road and on track.
A Brembo MCS span and ratio adjustable brake lever is available to further enhance the rider’s comfort and control.
The standard tyres fitted to the new Speed Triple 1200 RS are the high-performance Metzeler Racetec RR, which are Metzeler’s highest specification tyres approved for road use, and are capable of delivering optimum performance both on the road and on track.
Additionally, the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC2 tyre can be fitted to the new Speed Triple 1200 RS as a factory approved track option.
THE SMARTEST, SHARPEST AND MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED SPEED TRIPLE EVER.
The new 1200 RS comes equipped with a step change in Speed Triple technology, including all-new 5″ TFT instruments, new Triumph Shift Assist up-and-down quickshifter, Optimised Cornering ABS, switchable Optimised Cornering Traction Control (with IMU), 5 riding modes – including Track mode, new distinctive full LED lighting, full keyless system and the My Triumph Connectivity System fitted as standard.
All-new 5″ TFT instruments
The new Speed Triple 1200 RS features brand new 5″ TFT instruments.
Both the TFT screen itself, as well as the user interface, are completely new, designed to provide the rider with the capability of applying more on-the-go adjustment compared to the previous generation, such as the ability to change traction control settings while riding.
Key information is clearly available for the rider, who will instantly be able to know their speed, gear and tacho thanks to the new TFT display and its new configuration, with space being created for any additional information or menus by sliding the tacho to the side as required.
The layout of the TFT screen is available in two different themes, which change the colour scheme of the display, and the new optically bonded 5-inch screen guarantees less reflection and therefore improves the image clarity in any lighting condition.
A lap timer is also included for track use.
My Triumph Connectivity System fitted as standard
The user interface on the new Speed Triple 1200 RS is further enhanced by the My Triumph Connectivity system, which is fitted as standard.
Speed Triple owners can now access turn-by-turn navigation via the free My Triumph app, GoPro control, phone control and music operation. The rider is able to control all of this through the switch cubes and will access all related information through the TFT screen.
Enhanced new Triumph Shift Assist
The technology revolution of the new Speed Triple 1200 RS includes substantial improvement in the ride-enhancing features available as standard.
A new Triumph Shift Assist up and down quickshifter is part of the standard equipment.
Ideal for spirited riding and track use, it enables clutchless up and down shifts while maintaining the throttle position, ensuring smooth, effortless and refined gear shifting both while accelerating or decelerating, thanks to its new variable position sensor, which ensures an optimised shifting position.
Optimised Cornering ABS
The new Optimised Cornering ABS system represents an additional confidence-inspiring aid to the rider of the new Speed Triple 1200 RS. The new Continental MIB-EVO ABS modular, with an integrated 6-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) and more refined ABS control, continuously monitors roll, pitch and yaw acceleration rates, to calculate lean angle and ensure the optimum brake force for any situation.
The system is adjustable through the TFT instruments and left-hand switch cube, and offers two selectable levels of intervention, “Road” and “Track”. The “Track” settings have been tuned to be unintrusive, and virtually imperceptible during fast track riding. The ABS settings are linked to the riding modes, but can also be selected independently if the rider chooses.
The new linked braking system improves stopping distances and stability under hard braking.
Switchable Optimised Cornering Traction Control
Also facilitated by the IMU, the Speed Triple 1200 RS’s new Optimised Cornering Traction Control ensures the optimum slip rate and torque control at any lean angle, improving acceleration and control in both straight lines and when cornering.
There are 4 levels of intervention to choose from (“Rain”, “Road”, “Sport” and “Track”), plus the ability to turn traction control off completely.
Again, the “Track” setting has been developed in order to maximise forward progress and minimise perceived intervention when riding hard. Traction control settings are linked to the riding modes, but can also be independently adjusted.
Enhanced front wheel lift control
The enhanced front-wheel lift control is designed to enhance rider control of the new 1160cc triple engine, without feeling intrusive to the rider, and has advanced new algorithms that continuously monitor the signals from the IMU to ensure smoother control and faster progress. The settings are linked to and optimised for each traction control mode, allowing the level of intervention to be tailored to the conditions and riding style.
5 customisable riding modes, with enhanced “Track” mode
The new Speed Triple 1200 RS features 5 distinct riding modes: Rain, Road, Sport, Track and Rider. Each riding mode adjusts the behaviour of the bike to suit the intended use. Thanks to the ride-by-wire throttle system, the throttle response is adjusted according to the selected riding mode, as well as the traction control and ABS settings.
The new enhanced “Track” mode has been specifically designed to be as unintrusive as possible in track riding, while still providing the reassurance that the electronic systems are there to help in unexpected situations.
When in wet conditions, the rider can select the “Rain” riding mode, which reduces the power down to 100PS and increases the level of intervention of the other safety features.
Riding mode adjustments are easily accessible through the switchgear while riding.
Distinctive new all-LED lighting
Safety has been further enhanced thanks to the stunning new aggressively styled lighting system on the new Speed Triple 1200 RS, which includes the new LED headlights with incredibly distinctive new daytime running light signature (market specific), that are now brighter and whiter for enhanced visibility on the road.
The attractive new tail light is equally distinctive, and has been completely redesigned with a unique signature LED design, delivering a more compact silhouette to the rear.
Self-cancelling indicators are fitted as standard.
New full keyless system
The new Speed Triple 1200 RS is also equipped, for the very first time on a Triumph, with a full keyless system, including keyless ignition and steering lock, as well as a new keyless fuel filler cap.
To ensure greater security, the keyless system can be disabled if required with the simple press of a button on the key fob.
Cruise control fitted as standard
Through the switch cubes, the rider can activate the fully adjustable cruise control, which is fitted as standard, for improved long distance rideability.
Enhanced switchcube illumination
To complete the riding-aid features, the unique in segment backlit switch cubes now have a new more penetrative amber glow from the LEDs inside the switches, making them easier to read.
For additional rider comfort and convenience, neatly integrated internally wired heated grips and a tyre pressure monitoring system are available as accessory fit.
ALL-NEW MUSCULAR AND ARRESTING POISE AND PRESENCE
The new Speed Triple 1200 RS is the new definition of pure aggressive attitude, poise & style, with a muscular and arresting poise and presence, and purer, cleaner and sharper lines. Encapsulating all of the iconic Speed Triple design DNA, born from the category creating 1994 original, this new generation resets the benchmark for focussed Speed Triple attitude and style.
Compact new bodywork
The compact new premium bodywork is shaped by newly designed elements such as a carbon-fibre front mudguard, colour coded belly pan and seat cowl with an interchangeable pillion seat, and a new compact tail unit.
Distinctive new lightweight wheels
The aggressive look of the new Speed Triple 1200 RS is reinforced by its new 17-inch lightweight cast aluminium, black painted V-spoke wheels.
Two striking new Speed Triple colour schemes
Two bold new paint and graphics schemes are available for the new Speed Triple customer to choose from: Sapphire Black, with red and silver graphics, or Matt Silver Ice, with black, silver and yellow graphics.
Triumph’s signature attention to detail
A host of premium finishes, including dramatic new RS graphics and a branded handlebar clamp, can be admired on the new Speed Triple and, like all Triumphs, the incredible attention to detail led to all the cables and hoses being hidden from view.
Service and warranty
Overall cost of ownership is reduced, thanks to the high 16,000 km service interval, and the 2 years unlimited kilometre warranty.
|ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION|
|Type||Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder|
|Maximum Power||180 PS / 177.5 bhp (132.4 kW) @ 10,750 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||125 Nm (92 lbft) @ 9,000 rpm|
|Fuel System||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with electronic throttle control|
|Exhaust||Stainless steel 3 into 1 header system with underslung primary silencer and side mounted secondary silencer|
|Final Drive||X-ring chain|
|Clutch||Wet, multi-plate, slip & assist|
|Frame||Aluminium twin spar frame, bolt-on aluminium rear subframe|
|Front Wheel||Cast aluminium, 17 x 3.50 in|
|Rear Wheel||Cast aluminium, 17 x 6.00 in|
|Front Tyre||Metzeler Racetec RR K3 120/70 ZR17|
|Rear Tyre||Metzeler Racetec RR K3 190/55 ZR17|
|Front Suspension||Öhlins 43 mm NIX30 upside down forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping, 120 mm travel.|
|Rear Suspension||Öhlins TTX36 twin tube monoshock with preload, rebound and compression damping, 120 mm rear wheel travel.|
|Front Brakes||Twin 320mm floating discs. Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers, OC-ABS, radial master cylinder with separate reservoir, span & ratio adjustable.|
|Rear Brakes||Single 220mm disc. Brembo twin piston caliper, OC-ABS. Rear master cylinder with separate reservoir.|
|Instruments||Full-colour 5″ TFT instruments|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS|
|Length||2090 mm (82.3 in)|
|Width (Handlebars)||792 mm (31.2 in)|
|Height Without Mirrors||1089 mm (42.9 in)|
|Seat Height||830 mm (32.7 in)|
|Wheelbase||1445 mm (56.9 in)|
|Trail||104.7 mm (4.1 in)|
|Wet weight||198kg (437 lb)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||15.5 litres (4.1 US gal)|
|Fuel Consumption||50.2 mpg (5.6 l/100km)|
|CO2 Figures||130 g/km|
CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data are measured according to regulation 168/2013/EC. Figures for fuel consumption are derived from specific test conditions and are for comparative purposes only. They may not reflect real driving results.
|Service interval||10,000 miles (16,000km) / 12 months|