Triumph Motorcycles India has launched the Street Triple RS at a price of Rs.10.55 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). “The new Triumph Street Triple RS is a force machine that brings in terms of style and performance,” Triumph Motorcycles India MD Vimal Sumbly told reporters here. This is the second variant of the new-gen Street Triple to be launched in India after the standard Street Triple S was launched before this year. Both bikes share the same engine and chassis but the RS variant makes more power which is 121 bhp at 11,700 rpm and a top torque of 77 Nm at 10,800 rpm. The RS also gets top-shelf equipment in the form of Brembo brakes and 41 mm Showa big piston forks upfront and an Ohlins mono-shock at the back. In addition, the Street Triple RS gets a 5-inch full color TFT screen, which works as the instrument console. The console can be programmed in two different themes and three different styles and the contrast can be adjusted as well. Carrying over from the Street Triple S, the RS gets switchable traction control and ABS and ride-by-wire. Moreover, the RS gets 5 riding models which are rain, sport, road, track and individual.
The Street Triple RS will have two color options, which are phantom black and matt silver ice. The bike will also have a body-colored cowl for the pillion seat. Triumph will offer over 60 custom accessories for the Street Triple RS which includes Arrow exhausts, swing arm protector kit and so on and so forth. The Street Triple RS will see tough competition from the Ducati Monster 821 and the Kawasaki Z900 in the naked middleweight segment in India. The company has so far sold around 4,500 units in India and also plans to expand sales network in the country. It will open three more dealerships at Goa, Mangalore and Gurgaon this quarter to take the total tally to 17 dealerships. “We are the fastest growing premium space right now in the country. India is our focus market and we will be continue to bring new models into the country,” Sumbly said. Commenting on the sales performance, Sumbly said the company posted retail sales development of 27 % in the July-September quarter. “The premium segment (500cc and above) during the same period registered a de-growth of 23 per cent,” he added. The firm also launched a showroom on wheels that will travel across tier-2 towns in north India. Triumph also looks to increase local assembly of models at its plant in Manesar, Sumbly said.