Triumph announced new updates to its Speed Triple line for 2016. The base model will now go by the designation Speed Triple S and come with new Ride-by-Wire power modes and traction control. It’ll be joined by the Speed Triple R which adds higher-spec Öhlins suspension, carbon fiber components and other premium features.
The 2016 Speed Triples remain powered by a 1050cc Triple but Triumph says the engine has 104 new developments including a new combustion chamber, cylinder head, machined crank, and piston design. Triumph claims the updates improve peak power and overall torque while improving fuel efficiency by 10% and meeting Euro4 specifications. Triumph also added a slip assist clutch, a smaller, more efficient radiator and a new exhaust which Triumph claims increases flow rate by 70%.
A new ECU and new Ride-by-Wire throttle bodies gives the Speed Triple five selectable power modes: Road, Rain, Sport, Track and a rider-configurable mode. The Speed Triples also receive a rider-selectable traction control system which works in conjunction with the power modes.
The S model receives fully-adjustable front and suspension while the R offers a more premium NIX30 upside-down fork and from TTX36 RSU rear shock from Öhlins. Both models come standard with Brembo monobloc calipers and rider-selectable ABS.
Visually, the new Speed Triples don’t differ too much from the previous models. The new radiators are narrower and covered by a redesigned shroud. Up front, the headlights have a new rounder design than the angular ones on recent models though traditionalists will probably still prefer the classic circular shape. The tail section was also restyled to look more like the Daytona 675R. Other styling features include bar-end mirrors and a fly screen. The Speed Triple R adds a belly pan, carbon fiber front fender and fuel tank infill panels, and billet-machined triple clamps, risers, swingarm pivot covers and rear wheel finisher.
The 2016 Triumph Speed Triple S will be offered in Diablo Red or Phantom Black color schemes. The Speed Triple R comes in Crystal White or Matt Graphite, both with red-painted subframes, wheel pinstriping, radiator cowls and red seat stitching.
Triumph hasn’t announced U.S. prices yet, so we’ll have to wait to see how they compare to the 2015 Speed Triple’s $12,799 price or the 2015 Speed Triple R’s $14,999.
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