Triumph Motorcycles has finally announced the all-new 2018 Triumph Speed Triple S and RS.
The engine alone comes with over 105 new parts which produces a whopping 148hp and 117Nm maximum torque.
The RS model comes with top-grade Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes and Triumph’s best electronics package.
After several amazing teasers starring seven-time World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty and two-time Isle of Man TT winner Gary Johnson, Triumph Motorcycles has finally revealed all the details surrounding the all-new 2018 Triumph Speed Triple S and RS.
Regarded as the lightest, smartest and most powerful Triumph Speed Triple to date, all motorcycling enthusiasts would be quite happy to see the full specifications of Triumph’s latest ‘ultimate hooligan’. Starting off with its main firepower, the new 2018 Speed Triple still carries the same 1,050cc inline-three engine but now has over 105 new parts thanks to a major development by Triumph.
With an emphasis on more power and less weight, the new Speed Triple is fitted with Nikasil-plated aluminium cylinder liners, new high-compression pistons, lighter crank gear, and new cylinder heads, just to name a few. This translates to 148hp at a screaming 10,500rpm and 117Nm of maximum torque. That’s 27hp and 40Nm more than the top-of-the-range 2017 Triumph Street Triple RS.
All that newfound power is driven down to its rear 17-inch tyre (wrapped with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa rubber) via a six-speed transmission fitted with a brand new slip and assist clutch. This means that the new Speed Triple would be much easier to ride either moving from a standstill or shifting down during high speeds as the slip assist clutch prevents rear wheel lockup.
All of the new parts translate to a total dry weight of only 192kg which is not bad for a one-litre super streetfighter. With all that new power and low weight, Triumph stuffed in some new electronics to make sure everything is copacetic. We’re talking new full-colour five-inch TFT screen, keyless ignition, switchable ABS, traction control, selectable riding modes, Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), and USB charging port just to name a few.
The suspension and brake packages have been brought over into the present thanks to a new set of Showa 43mm upside down forks and fully-adjustable Showa monoshock for the S. The Speed Triple RS comes ready with a fully-adjustable Ohlins NIX30 upside down forks and TTX36 twin tube monoshock RSU handling all sorts of road conditions.
As for the brakes, a set of twin 320mm disc brakes fitted with a Brembo four-piston radial Monobloc calipers takes care of the front whereas the rear is controlled by a single 255mm disc with a two-piston Brembo sliding caliper.
No news yet on when the lightest and most powerful (not to mention the best handling thanks to the new sets of suspension and brakes) Speed Triple will be available nor the price but Triumph did announce that the 2018 models will be available in Jet Black and Crystal White for the S and Matte Jet Black and Crystal White for the RS.
|Specifications||2018 Triumph Speed Triple S||2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS|
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder||Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder|
|Capacity||1050 cc||1050 cc|
|Bore/Stroke||79 x 71.4 mm||79 x 71.4 mm|
|Maximum Power||148hp @ 10,500 rpm||148hp @ 10,500 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||117Nm @ 7,150 rpm||117 \Nm @ 7,150 rpm|
|Fuel system||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI|
|Exhaust||Stainless steel 3 into 1 into 2, twin high level stainless steel silencers||Stainless steel 3 into 1 into 2, twin high level stainless steel silencers|
|Final drive||X ring chain||X ring chain|
|Clutch||Wet, multi-plate slip assist clutch||Wet, multi-plate slip assist clutch|
|Frame||Aluminium twin-spar||Aluminium twin-spar|
|Swingarm||Single-sided, aluminium alloy with eccentric chain adjuster||Single-sided, aluminium alloy with eccentric chain adjuster|
|Front Wheel||Cast aluminium alloy multi-spoke 17 x 3.5 inch||Cast aluminium alloy multi-spoke 17 x 3.5 inch|
|Rear Wheel||Cast aluminum alloy multi-spoke 17 x 6.0 inch||Cast aluminum alloy multi-spoke 17 x 6.0 inch|
|Front Tire||120/70 ZR17||120/70 ZR17|
|Rear Tire||190/55 ZR17||190/55 ZR17|
|Front Suspension||Showa 43 mm upside-down forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping. 120 mm travel||Öhlins 43 mm NIX30 upside-down forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping. 120 mm travel|
|Rear Suspension||Showa Monoshock with preload, rebound and compression damping, 130 mm rear wheel travel||Öhlins TTX36 twin tube Monoshock with preload, rebound and compression damping, 130 mm rear wheel travel|
|Front Brake||Twin 320 mm floating discs, Brembo 4-piston 2-pad radial monobloc calipers. Switchable ABS.||Twin 320 mm floating discs, Brembo 4-piston, 2-pad monobloc radial calipers. Switchable ABS|
|Rear Brake||Single 255 mm disc, Nissin single 2-piston sliding caliper. Switchable ABS.||Single 255 mm disc, Nissin single 2-piston sliding caliper. Switchable ABS|
|Seat Height||825 mm||825 mm|
|Wheelbase||1,445 mm||1,445 mm|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||15.5 litres||15.5 litres|
|Fuel Consumption||5.2 litre/100km||5.2 litre/100km|