Triumph have officially unveiled a new Street Triple RS which comes packed with Moto2 know-how and a mighty mid-range that should blow away its middleweight naked rivals.
The British firm’s engineers used lessons learned when developing its Moto2 racing engine and 765 Daytona road bike to make the new Street Triple RS Euro5 friendly while also producing nine percent more punch than the old model.
Torque is up to 58ftlb while power remains at 121bhp, but Triumph claim the full drama comes sooner and more smoothly.
A new exhaust cam plus a lighter crankshaft, clutch and balancer all help boost low-down power. Weight stays at 166kg dry while Showa forks and a fully-adjustable Öhlins STX40 rear shock are carried over from the 2019 model.
A freer-flowing exhaust with a new twin catalyser helps the RS meet tighter Euro5 emissions laws while retaining the bike’s much-loved howl and is finished off with a tasteful carbon-fibre cap.
First and second gear ratios remain short, like the previous model, to give an aggressive leap from the line and there’s now an up-and-down quickshifter.
The RS has also been given a styling makeover with new LED lights that are sharper and more angular. There’s also sportier new bodywork, a redesigned fly screen and a new silver frame.
The new Street Triple RS comes in two colour options: black, silver and yellow or silver and red. Similar updates are expected to the lower spec Street Triple S and R models, too, so that the entire family meets the new Euro5 regs.
Triumph have yet to announce prices but we expect the new RS to cost around £10,500 with the S coming in at around £8500 and the R at close to £9500.
2020 Triumph Street Triple RS specs
- Engine size 765cc
- Engine type Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
- Frame type Aluminium beam twin spar
- Power 121bhp@11,750rpm
- Torque 58ftlb@9350rpm
- Seat height 840mm
- Weight 166kg (dry)
- Fuel capacity 17.4 litres
MCN is test riding the new bike this week, so keep an eye out for the full 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS review coming soon.
Here is the 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS
First published: 25/09/19
Triumph have announced that there’s a new range topping Street Triple RS on the way that pops the cherry on top of the current bike.
For now all we know officially is that the bike is coming next week, but a bit of digital wizardry with their preview photo has given us a pretty good guide as to what we can expect.
The general gist is that of small upgrades, rather than a radical ground up overhaul. We’ve always been impressed with the current machine – it won our coveted Bike of Year Award in 2017 – but with naked bike progress marching on, Triumph have given it a little boost to cement its place.
The biggest change is likely to be from the engine. The current 765cc triple in the RS make a decent 121bhp up near its 12000rpm redline but Triumph have already shown the engine is capable of much more.
Having been extensively pushed in Moto2, Triumph developed a road-going souped up version for the special edition Daytona 765R Moto2, with a 600rpm higher redline and a new peak power of 128bhp. We’re expecting Triumph to fit this engine to the RS, to give it that little bit extra.
The rest of the changes appear to be mostly cosmetic. Up front there’s a new ‘face’ in the form of reshaped headlights, with a new set of DRLs that form a set of angry looking eyebrows.
The fly screen too has been slightly restyled but the dash nestled behind appears to remain the same. The plastics around the radiator have been reshaped, as has the back end of the subframe and the exhaust outlet.
The subframe itself, along with the main frame, appear unchanged. The forks have been blacked out, but appear to be the same units internally, while the rear shock remains the same.
Triumph have already announced that the finished machine will be unveiled on October 7, so we’ll bring you the full details then. We’re expecting the bike to arrive in dealers early next year.
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