Made official today is the Triumph Thruxton RS – with its launch at the EICMA show in Milan.
By now you know how this goes – months of rumour and speculation, forum discussions, the occasional speculative mock-up; followed by spy-shots and then a teaser video. All of which 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.
THRUXTON RS LAUNCHED IN MILAN
The Thruxton RS launch was no different and today Triumph ended all speculation and rumours by unveiling the latest edition 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.
TTRS – So What’s New And What’s Different?
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.
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 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, its weight is unnoticeable once the ignition switch is turned to the 1 o’clock position.
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 no 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”.
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?
The Thruxton RS has two new paint scheme options; Jet Black or a combined Matt Storm Grey and Matt Silver Ice option.
Visibly the TTRS is darker; with the engine, cam and sprocket covers, given the ‘murdered-out’ look’. Also receiving the same treatment are the side panels and Öhlins RSU springs. Additionally, Thruxton owners/admirers will be highly pleased to see, that the wheels are now anodised and also black.
“…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
As you might expect Thruxton RS owners will have access to the full Triumph Parts and accessories catalogue, meaning you can customise the look of the bike with genuine Triumph parts.
Thruxton RS – What about Price and Release Date?
At the time of writing, it hasn’t been confirmed when we can expect to see the TTRS at local dealers – though the price will start at £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.
While we eagerly await the arrival of the Thruxton RS – here’s a gallery to satiate our collective appreciate, until we see this bike in the flesh.
Triumph Thruxton RS Key features:
- New black powder-coated engine covers, cam cover and sprocket cover finishes
- New black Öhlins RSU springs
- New black Thruxton side panel and sprocket cover with 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
In speaking with my local Triumph dealer, they say; that there have been quite “…a few enquiries over the last week with regards to the Thruxton RS”. And, they expect to take the bulk of orders following the NEC show later this month, after people have had an opportunity to see and sit on the bike.