2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS Confirmed in CARB Filings

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung
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Earlier this week, we wrote about a new video from Triumph teasing a new Speed Triple model to be announced on Jan. 29. Thanks to new filings released by the California Air Resources Board, we can now confirm the new model will be 2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS variant.

New Triumph Speed Triple Teased for Jan. 29

The CARB executive order certifies the Speed Triple RS along with the Speed Triple R. Absent, however, is the Speed Triple S that was offered for the last few years. The CARB filing also confirms the engine will remain at a 1050cc displacement, though there is evidence that Triumph has made some changes to the powerplant.

2018 triumph speed triple rs confirmed in carb filings

From a shot of the new TFT display in the video, we already know the Speed Triple has an 11,000 rpm redline, compared to the 10,000 redline on the 2017 model. The new CARB filing also idetifies the engine family by the code PHX; The current Speed Triple engine, last updated for 2016, is identified the code BCB while the prior generation Speed Triple code was NNB.

The 2018 executive order also states lower hydrocarbon and NOX emissions levels than the 2017 model, though the CO emissions are higher for 2018.

2018 triumph speed triple rs confirmed in carb filings

Besides the new digital instrumentation, the teaser also showed a new five-spoke wheel design (which looks similar to the ones on the Street Triple), revised switchgear, a new Arrow exhaust, a new front fender and some carbon fiber components that we expect will all be on the new Speed Triple RS.

We’ll have more details when Triumph makes an official announcement on Monday, Jan. 29. Check back here on Motorcycle.com for full coverage of the new 2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS.

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  • Gary Gary on Jan 29, 2018

    Here's hoping they give it classic styling, rather than transformer looks that make it look like a crash rebuild. I really hate the way previous Speed Triples looked. Great bike. Wretched profile.

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    • Born to Ride Born to Ride on Jan 30, 2018

      That was a sexy bike.

  • That guy That guy on Jan 29, 2018

    I really wish they would ditch the dual high cans. That's the first thing I replaced on my '12 Street Triple and saved 22 pounds in the process.

    • Born to Ride Born to Ride on Jan 30, 2018

      But they look kewl. Manlier if you will. I’d switch it to a single high mount can if I bought one. The weight savings are undeniable though.