Triumph Thruxton RS-Top---Matt Storm Grey & MattS Silver Ice
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Triumph Thruxton RS Revealed For 2020 Launch

Made official on 5th November 2019 was the launch of the Triumph Thruxton RS – revealed at the EICMA 2019 in Milan, Italy. By now, you know how the path to revealing a new bike works; months of rumour and speculation. Forum discussions and the occasional speculative mock-up, followed by spy-shots and then a teaser video.

All of this culminates in the covers being finally removed on a brand-spanking-new bike or at the very least a new edition to a model range. The latter is true in this instance.


Triumph Thruxton RS Front 3-4 Matt-storm-grey-and-matt-silver-ice

Indeed the Thruxton RS launch followed the typical path to its eventual reveal, yet, to no less excitement. Triumph today, ended all speculation and rumour with the unveiling of the latest addition to its Modern Classics range.

The TTRS launch means that Triumph’s Thruxton Range nomenclature now mirrors that of its ‘Modern Roadster‘ range, which all have a ‘standard’, ‘R’ and ‘RS’ model.

The Thruxton RS, as you’d expect uses a modified version of the parallel 1200 twin, found in two other Thruxtons, in addition to the Speed Twin Bonneville, Bobber and Scrambler 1200 ranges.

Triumph Thruxton-RS Engine Detail LH

TTRS – So What’s New And What’s Different?

More Power

Firstly, in terms of modification to the power plant, Triumph claims the TTRS delivers 8PS more power than the Thruxton R. That’s an increase on the ‘R’ model – from 97PS/ 96 bhp at 6,750 rpm to 105 PS/103 bhp (77 kW) @ 7,500 rpm

This increase in power comes in the form of upgrades to ‘R’ specifications, which include a revision to the cam profile, an additional air system, higher compression pistons and shaving off weight from some of the engine components.

Those components include the clutch, balance shafts, rare-earth alternator, thin-walled engine covers, magnesium and a low inertia crankshaft.

Triumph Thruxton RS Leaning-in

More Torque Lower Down

Triumph asserts that the Thruxton RS is punchier than the R model delivering a “..higher torque punch low down and across the entire rev range, peaking at 112Nm @ 4.850 rpm, 700 rpm lower than the Thruxton R”.

Lighter than it’s predecessor, the Thruxton R

Anyone who’s handled a Thruxton R knows it’s not the lightest of bikes when manoeuvring with the engine off. However, the ignition switch once turned to the 1 o’clock position makes the weight unnoticeable.

Regardless, the Thruxton RS has been made lighter than the ‘R’. To be precise by six kilograms, which Triumph says makes “ for an even more dynamic and agile ride.

At the front, you’ll find Brembo 4-piston M50 radial monobloc calipers and twin floating Brembo front discs – so a big change there. Notably, the Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres of the ‘R’, have been replaced with “new unique race-specification Metzeler Racetec RR super sticky tyres”.

Triumph Thruxton-RS Lighter

Euro 5 Compliant

The TTRS will be Euro 5 compliant with a new catalytic converter that generates a lower overall emissions’ number and enhanced fuel efficiency. Nevertheless, Triumph assures us that the bike retains the “rich and raw note” which is “...the unmistakable sound of a British Racing Twin.”

Thruxton RS: What’s new in terms of styling?

Triumph Triumph Thruxton-RS 2020

The Thruxton RS has two new paint scheme options – Jet Black or a combined Matt Storm Grey and Matt Silver Ice option.

The TTRS is visibly darker, with the engine, cam and sprocket covers given the ‘murdered-out‘ look. Side panels and Öhlins RSU springs have received similar treatment. Additionally, Thruxton owners and admirers will be pleased to see that the wheels are now anodised. And unsurprisingly are also black.

Triumph says:

“…the all-new RS version of it is the next evolution of this celebrated name. With all of Triumph’s iconic original cafe racer DNA, married to a new blacked-out custom look, muscular poise and a host of beautifully designed premium features, the Thruxton RS is the most contemporary styled Thruxton ever.

Parts & Accessories

Thruxton RS owners will have access to the full Triumph Parts and accessories catalogue, as you might expect. Meaning, the Thruxton RS can be given a custom makeover with genuine Triumph parts.

Triumph Thruxton RS Tail-light-removal

Thruxton RS Price and Release Date?

At the time of writing, it hasn’t been confirmed when we can expect to see the bike at local dealers. However, the Thruxton RS price is one thing we do know. You pick one up for £13,000.

Writing as an existing Thruxton R owner – am I tempted? Yes, is the answer. Could I justify a TTRS purchase over the R model on the specifications alone? Again, yes.

Finally, will those justifications standup on price? Of course, yes – for the sake of £600, I can’t imagine anybody opting for the R over the RS, save for optical reasons.

And while we eagerly await the arrival of the Thruxton RS – here’s a gallery to satiate our collective appetite, until this bike can be seen in the metal.


Triumph Thruxton RS Key features at a glance:

  • New black powder-coated engine covers, cam cover and sprocket cover finishes
  • Öhlins RSU springs in black
  • Thruxton side panel and sprocket cover in new black with an integrated heel guard
  • New premium black anodised wheels
  • Unique ‘Monza’ cap
  • New Triumph triangle tank decal (only on twin paint scheme option)
  • Unique sculpted Thruxton tank
  • Stainless steel tank strap
  • Clear anodised aluminium swingarm
  • Daytona footpegs
  • 22mm clip-on handlebars
  • Black mirrors and indicators
  • Twin ride-by-wire throttle bodies and unique Thruxton intake finisher
  • Gold engine detailing
  • Distinctive red signature key

One local Triumph dealer, said, that there have been quite “…a few enquiries over the last week with regards to the Thruxton RS” – a sentiment echoed by others. And most dealers expect to take the bulk of orders following the Birmingham, NEC show later this month. That’s after the public has an opportunity to see and sit on the bike.