2020 Triumph Street Triple RS Launch On March 25
This will be Triumph’s first BS6-compliant motorcycle in India
- Triumph hasn’t upped the displacement of its middleweight naked -- it remains the same at 765cc.
- Even though it is future emission compliant, 123PS of power hasn't been reduced.
- Expect Triumph to price the new model at Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom).
Triumph is all set to begin its BS6 innings in India with the launch of the top-of-the-line variant of its middleweight naked, the 2020 Street Triple RS. Triumph’s Street Triple series of motorcycles has always been one of the most engaging nakeds to ride. For the 2020 edition, Triumph has made small revisions to the engine and the styling of the bike.
The iconic bug-eyed headlights of the Street Triple did divide opinion. Triumph has styled the illumination units differently -- you now get distinctive LED DRL bars with LED headlights. It changes the visual appeal of the bike, making it look a little more Bumblebee than a bug. Subtle revisions are also made to the tail section by making the panels a bit rounder than before.
Triumph’s 765cc motor has been a hit ever since it was launched in 2017. It is even used in the intermediate class of MotoGP. In order for it to comply with Euro 5 and BS6 emission norms, Triumph has reworked the internals of the engine, applying the learning from its racing adventures. Max power is still rated at 123PS but there is 2Nm more torque on tap, while peak torque is now rated at 79Nm. The electronic aids have also been reworked to suit the retuned engine while a bi-directional quickshifter now arrives as standard.
The adjustable Showa suspension units, as well as the Brembo braking hardware, are lifted off straight from the older bike. It is running on new shoes though, grippier Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP v3.
Want to know how the changes made by Triumph have affected the riding dynamics of the new Street Triple RS? Know all about it in this video or you could just head over to read the first ride review on our sister publication, ZigWheels.com.
In global markets, Triumph has managed to keep the price of the Street Triple RS the same or slightly higher than the outgoing model. Hence, we estimate Triumph could be pricing the new bike at Rs 12 lakh (ex-showroom). It does feel extremely pricey now compared to the likes of the 2020 Kawasaki Z900 or the KTM 790 Duke (still to receive its BS6 update), which are significantly more affordable than the RS. The good news is that Triumph will be launching the mid-spec Street Triple R in the country in the coming months. It gets slightly better goodies than the outgoing Triple S trim. Stay tuned to BikeDekho.com for updates.