British premium motorcycle manufacturer Triumph Motorcycles on Wednesday expanded its product portfolio with the launch of a 2020 edition of its popular naked streetfighter, called the “Triumph Street Triple RS” in the Indian two-wheeler market. The 2020 Street Triple RS has received some significant changes over its predecessor and yet the pricing of the motorcycle remains the same in India. It is not only more powerful than the older model, but is also better option in terms of technology.
Due to the nationwide lockdown, the new launch programme took place on the company’s official twitter platform with a series of posts. The 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS has been launched in India with a starting price of Rs. 11.13 lakh (ex-showroom, Pan India). The company has already started accepting bookings via online across all authorised dealers in India, while deliveries will commence after the lockdown is lifted in the country.
The freshly launched motorcycle will be available in a couple of body colour options including Silver Ice with Diablo Red and Aluminium Silver decals, and Matt Jet Black with Aluminium Silver and Yellow decals. The buyers will also have an option to choose hand-painted Diablo Red wheel pinstripes and an Aluminium Silver rear sub-frame with both the paint works.
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The new version of the Street Triple RS is not just a refresher. It receives a plethora of fresh upgrades right from the engine, design languages and up to the electronics, making it a desperate competitor in the middleweight sports category. Among many new features, the new RS also gets a revised styling with a more aggressive front, a BS6-compliant engine, and other additional features such as integrated GoPro control system.
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS Features:
As we mentioned earlier, the naked and muscular 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS gets an evolved design from its predecessor. The signature bug-eyed twin headlamps setup now gets LED DRLs (Daytime Running Lights on the top-spec RS model) that still remain a highlight. The new bike looks more aggressive as it comes equipped with all-new twin LED headlight with striking modern shape. The main frame of the motorcycle has been finished in Titanium Silver. Some of the bodywork has also uudergone notable design upgrades. Now the naked streetfighter gets a unique freer-flowing exhaust with a carbon fibre exhaust tip and Triumph branding. A beefy fuel tank, handlebar clamp, fresh mirrors, fly screen side panels, seat cowl and belly pan are among some of the new changes in the 2020 Street Triple RS.
Coming down to the connectivity functions, the new Street Triple RS comes decorated with a full-colour TFT instrument cluster with Bluetooth integration. It features Triumph’s second-generation graphic schemes in four distinctive styles and colours each. The TFT instrument panel is compatible with Bluetooth connectivity, GoPro camera, turn-by-turn navigation – powered by Google, phone and music controls. The connection & control for the same is displayed on the TFT instruments enabling video & photo operation via the switchgear.
An integrated GoPro control system on the bike facilitates GoPro camera operation through the accessory-fit bluetooth connectivity module. That needs to be purchased separately. Apart from this, the new BS6-iteration of the Street Triple RS features Shift Assist which enables up and down quick gearshifts while maintaining consistent acceleration. The motorcycle also comes with a ride-by-wire throttle and multiple riding modes —Rain, Road, Track, Sport and rider-programmable mode. Each of these changes the ABS (Anti-Lock Breaking System), traction control and throttle response of the motorcycle to control different situations and riders.
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS Specifications:
Talking about its power house, the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS is powered by a BS6-compliant, 765cc liquid-cooled, 12-valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder engine that generates 121bhp of peak power at 11,750 rpm and 79 Nm of maximum torque at 9,350 rpm. The bike manufacturer claims that the new bike has now 9% more power and torque numbers compared to the older version. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed transmission that sends power to the rear wheel via a slipper clutch and a quick shifter.
The bike rides on 17-inch 5-spoke strong aluminium alloy wheels, which are shod with Supercorsa SP V3 tyres from Pirelli. The super sticky Pirelli Supercorsa SP tyres are ideal for use on difficult surfaces and provide extra grip and better control over scratchy, patchy and muddy roads under all weather conditions. Suspension duties are handled by the fully-adjustable 41mm Showa big piston forks with 115mm travel on the front and a fully-adjustable Ohlins STX40 piggyback reservoir monoshock setup with 131mm travel at the rear.
In terms of safety, the new Street Triple RS comes engineered with ABS (as standard in India), switchable traction control and a dedicated Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). The inertial measurement unit calculates the motorcycle’s lean angle to offer optimum traction and braking power. Braking duties are performed by the dual front 310mm floating discs with Brembo M50 radial monobloc calipers brake and a single rear 220mm disc with Brembo sliding caliperbrake.
In the Indian market, the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS naked streetfighter will compete against the likes of the Ducati Monster 821, Kawasaki Z900, Suzuki GSX-750 and the KTM 790 Duke.