8th Oct 2019 8:00 am
Street Triple for 2020 features revised styling, upgraded features and an engine with a meatier mid-range.
Triumph Motorcycles has revealed the 2020 Street Triple RS in the UK. An updated version of the previous Street Triple RS, the new Street Triple RS gets refreshed styling, upgraded features and an engine with a meatier mid-range.
The new model looks a lot more aggressive and focused than the outgoing RS and that’s evident in the shape of the new LED twin-headlamps. Not only do they lend the RS a mean face, but they also feature an aggressively-styled, integrated DRL which further adds to the effect. Besides the new headlamps, Triumph has also changed the body panels, and everything from the flyscreen above the headlamps to the side panels, rear unit, seat cowl, and belly pan has been shaped to form a sportier-looking motorcycle. Triumph has also taken this opportunity to introduce a new set of graphics on the TFT instrument display that also features Bluetooth and GoPro controls via an accessory chip.
The 765cc, inline-triple is said to have been updated as part of Triumph’s Moto 2 engine development process and has been carried out by the same team. It meets Euro 5 emission norms and gets a new, free-flowing exhaust with a lovely carbon-fibre tip. The new RS’ engine develops 123hp (same as before), while the maximum torque has gone up from 77Nm to 79Nm. But, crucially, the engineers have managed to reduce rotational inertia by 7 percent, resulting in a punchier low and mid-range torque. Paired with a 6-speed gearbox, with a new up-and-down quickshifter, expect the new Street Triple RS to offer quicker performance.
While that sums up most of the new bits on the Street Triple RS, Triumph continues to offer the RS with track-ready components such as Brembo M50 Monobloc calipers, a fully adjustable Showa fork and Ohlins STX40 rear monoshock. The new RS is shod with Pirelli’s latest generation Supercorsa SP V3 tyres, again highlighting the bike’s track-readiness. As usual, the RS is packed to the gills with electronic rider aids such as ride modes and traction control. That said, it’s still surprising to see that the RS doesn’t get IMU-assisted electronics.
Triumph is expected to launch the new Street Triple RS in India shortly. Stay tuned for a first ride report soon.