If you were hoping to get your name on the list for Triumph’s bold new incarnation of their Goliath 2500cc Rocket 3 TFC – then you’re already too late.
The limited edition relaunched model may have been given a hefty £25,000 price tag, but the entire build allocation disappeared in days. And in some countries there were far more sales than bikes available – so if any of the successful applicants go bankrupt and drop out, there’s a list of desperate hopefuls ready to back-fill the place.
And just to add insult to injury for anyone who’s missed the boat, Triumph have also revealed official homologated performance figures for the Rocket TFC. Exceeding their original cautious claims, Triumph have confirmed a claimed power output of 179.5bhp @ 7000rpm, and 165.9ftlb of torque at just 4000rpm – as well as a dry weight of 290kg, which is 44.5kg lighter than the old Rocket.
Triumph Rocket 3 TFC (2019) specs
- Power: 179.5bhp @ 7000rpm
- Torque: 165.9ftlb @ 4000rpm
- Weight: 290kg
- Price: £25,000
Triumph Rocket 3 TFC revealed as firm's most powerful model!
First published - 23/05/2019
After steadily teasing since January this year, Triumph have finally spilled the beans on their new Rocket III TFC and the bike looks poised to tear up the record books. Building on the legacy of the old Rocket III launched in 2004, the new model moves the game on considerably.
At the core of the Rocket remains its gargantuan engine. Growing in size to 2458cc makes it the largest engined production bike in the world, although it does only steal the crown from its predecessor. It also takes the torquiest engine award (165.9ftlb) while revving it out will generate 179.5bhp, also gifting it the ‘most powerful Triumph yet’ title.
All this has been achieved by lightening the internals with exotic tech, such as titanium valves, allowing Triumph to raise the redline. It’s further enhanced by three carbon-tipped Arrow silencers.
This time around the whopper of an engine is paired with an impressive electronics package that should stop you toasting a set of tyres in 100 miles (unless you want to, of course). The package includes lean-sensitive traction control, cornering ABS, four riding modes plus a quickshifter and autoblipper.
There’s also the latest touring comforts like cruise control, hill hold control, keyless ignition and tyre pressure monitoring. It’s all controlled through the full-colour TFT which, with the optional Bluetooth dongle, will pair with a phone giving you GoPro integration, the ability to play music and take calls plus access to Google maps.
It’s not all just electronics and a big motor – there’s chassis work at play here too. If the restyle didn’t make it obvious enough, the spec sheet certainly confirms that Triumph have aimed the new Rocket squarely at the Diavel, so it will have to handle. To give it the best chance possible it’s fitted with 47mm fully-adjustable Showa cartridge forks, as well as a fully adjustable piggyback shock.
Braking duties are courtesy of Brembo with an adjustable radial master cylinder powering a set of top-spec Stylema calipers – just like the Ducati Panigale V4.
The only thing likely to stop hoards from rushing to their local dealer is the £25,000 on the road price tag....
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