Triumph’s new Sprint GT has more power and torque than the old ST, and will be one of the best value tourers on the market when it goes on sale in three weeks.
Details just released by Triumph reveal the 1050cc GT – standing for Grand Tourer – will have ABS and panniers as standard, and cost £9499 – that’s £2576 less than Honda’s VFR1200F.
Essentially a touring version of the big-selling and hugely-competent Sprint ST, the new GT features a raft of changes to give it more high-mileage potential. A Triumph statement says its designers set out to “improve the Sprint ST’s practicality without transcending into pure tourer territory”.
The biggest change is the new side-mounted exhaust, which replaces the underseat version on the Sprint ST which has been in production for five years.
Changes to the ECU in conjunction with the freer-flowing exhaust raise peak power by 5bhp to 130bhp at 9200rpm, but more importantly give more torque too. Peak torque is now 80lbft (up from 75lbft), and it comes much lower down the rev-range too – at 6300rpm as opposed to the old ST’s 7500rpm.
- For full details check out this week's MCN on the 19th of May