After releasing a couple of teaser videos of the new 2018 Speed Triple, Triumph has finally revealed it. The bug-eyed, naked street-fighter motorcycle is in its latest avatar, ready to shred up the tarmac. Although the new Speed Triple doesn’t look quite different from the outgoing model, it surely gets some new internal goodies. Just like we mentioned before, the new Speed Triple gets two models – S and RS.
Let’s start with the engine. The new 2018 Speed Triple continues to have the same displacement as before, 1050cc, however, there are 105 new parts of the engine that makes all the difference. The new bike gets 148bhp of max power which is produced at 10,500rpm. This bump in power is welcomed with open arms, especially when it is combined with the rev-happy engine which now has got a rev limit 1000 revs higher than before. Utilising all those ponies along with the 116Nm of torque, the Speed Triple will like to keep its front wheel up most of the time. Triumph has also provided a new gearbox along with a new slipper clutch.
The new 2018 Speed Triple gets the familiar single-sided swingarm. The suspension setup on the S version includes a fully adjustable 43mm Showa USD forks at the front and a Showa monoshock at the rear. The RS version gets the Öhlins NIX30 USD forks and TTX36 twin tube monoshock (again fully adjustable). Braking duties are taken care by Brembo M4.34 radial monobloc calipers. Being the high-end variant, the RS gets the adjustable levers.
In the last teaser video of the 2018 Speed Triple that Triumph had released, it was clear that the new motorcycle will get Triumph’s new 5-inch TFT display. And it does. Both the S and the RS version are provided with this TFT display which is very customisable and shows a handful of information. It allows the rider to switch between the various available riding modes and throttle settings. Triumph has blessed the new Speed Triple with a new IMU that they say delivers optimised cornering ABS and traction control.
Triumph has not yet released information about the prices and the availability of the bikes. We are expecting to get to know them soon. The new 2018 Speed Triple is a mouth-watering package. And the RS version, which gets many extra goodies (Arrow exhaust, keyless steering lock and ignition system, carbon fibre front mudguard and body panels, colour-coded belly pad, releasable pillion seat cowl and a new matt aluminium sub-frame) is the one which I’d pick. Stay tuned for more information.