Triumph Scrambler 1200 BS6 Unveiled, Gets A New Steve McQueen Edition

Modified On Apr 13, 2021 04:32 PM By Praveen M. for Triumph Scrambler 1200

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The special edition model is limited to just 1,000 units worldwide

  • The 2021 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and XE get a new exhaust system for improved heat distribution.
  • No change in power or torque figures.
  • Peak torque comes slightly later down the rev range, whereas peak power comes in a bit earlier.
  • India launch likely in May 2021.

Triumph has taken the wraps off the BS6/Euro 5-compliant 2021 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and XE. The motorcycle now also comes in an exclusive limited edition variant, Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition, limited to just 1,000 units worldwide. Expect Triumph to introduce the bike in India in May 2021. It is likely to command a premium of around Rs 50,000 over its predecessor, which is priced from Rs 10.73 lakh (ex-showroom). That said, the Steve McQueen Edition is likely to cost around Rs 14 lakh (ex-showroom) if Triumph decides to bring it to India.

The 2021 iteration comes with a low-inertia crank and high-compression cylinder head, coupled with a new exhaust system, claimed to offer better heat distribution. We rode the previous-generation motorcycle and found the exhaust system heats up rather quickly, especially in traffic. Hopefully, the 2021 model is a bit more forgiving on that front. The 1200cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine produces 90PS at 7,250 rpm and 110Nm at 4,500rpm, as opposed to the BS4 version’s 90PS at 7,400rpm and 110Nm at 3950rpm output figures. The engine is mated to the same 6-speed transmission with an assist clutch as before.

Triumph offers a bevy of electronics with both variants. That said, the rider aids package has remained unchanged. There’s a ride-by-wire throttle with Road, Rain, Sport, Off-Road, and Rider-configurable riding modes. The more hardcore XE variant gets an additional Off-road Pro riding mode as well. While the base XC variant gets ABS and switchable traction control, the XC model comes with a more advanced cornering ABS and cornering traction control system. 

The XE variant also employs longer travel (250mm at both ends) 47mm Showa inverted front fork and Ohlins twin rear shock absorbers, both fully adjustable. The XC comes with a 45mm Showa inverted front fork and the same twin shock absorbers but with 200mm wheel travel at both ends. Brakes on both the variants include twin 320mm Brembo discs with Brembo M50 radial calipers and a 255mm rear disc with Brembo floating caliper. The two variants ride on a large 21-inch front and a 17-inch rear side-laced spoke wheels with the same tubeless Metzeler Tourance tyres as before.

The Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Edition uses the XE variant as the base and features an exclusive Competition Green Steve McQueen livery with an old-school Triumph gold logo on the fuel tank, hand-painted gold lining, Steve McQueen branding on the fuel tank, and laser etching on the handlebar clamp. It also gets engine protection bars, clutch and alternator covers, a radiator guard laser-etched with Triumph branding, and a premium Triumph-branded brown bench seat with ribbed stitching. 

Ensuring even more exclusivity, Triumph offers a certificate of authenticity signed by Nick Bloor, the CEO of Triumph and Chad McQueen, son of Steve McQueen. All said and done, we’d have liked to see this variant also get the My Triumph connectivity system as standard. The Triumph Scrambler 1200 will be the perfect off-road-friendly alternative to the road-biased Ducati Scrambler 1100 range.

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