The 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS gets a new face and a Euro5 compliant engine but most importantly, Triumph claims that the performance is more accessible now.
Triumph has unveiled the 2020 Street Triple RS and it gets some cosmetic changes but the more interesting upgrades are in the mechanical components of the motorcycle. The RS is the top of the line Street Triple and it has been adorned by enthusiasts for its performance dynamics. Triumph has now taken it a notch higher.
Visually, the part that most tells you that this is the 2020 model is the new face. Triumph has retained the original ‘bug-face’ but the headlamp units has been sculpted to be sharper, giving it a more angrier look. The LED DRLs have also been revised and now sit above the headlamps. The rest of the design remains pretty similar as before other than some new graphics. Triumph has also retained the bit where you can swap the pillion seat for a seat cowl for an even sportier look.
The all-digital full-colour TFT instrument cluster has also been updated and now features smartphone integration. This will essentially allow for functions like turn-by-turn navigation, music and notifications. The instrument cluster also allows connectivity to action cameras like GoPros which will be really appreciated by a lot of riders.
The powertrain of the 2020 Street Triple RS remains the same but has been updated for Euro5 compliance. Triumph has also tweaked the power and torque curves of the motorcycle. The power output remains the same though at 123PS but torque is up by 2Nm at 79Nm. Triumph says that the performance is far more accessible now. Peak power is now produced at 11,750rpm (as opposed to 11,700rpm earlier), but peak torque is now available from 9,350rpm now, as opposed to 10,800rpm, which is a great thing.
Triumph claims that the alterations to the engine improves mid-range performance by 9%. Just a fun fact – this is the same engine that powers all Moto2 motorcycles currently but has been tuned for the road use. The electronic aids remain unchanged from before. You get your regular riding modes of Road, Rain, Sport, Track as before. There’s also an individual mode which lets you customize the motorcycle’s performance as per your preference. It also comes with traction control but the ABS is now adjustable which means you can control the level of intrusion.
Another major update has been a bi-directional quick shifter which allows for both clutchless upshifts and downshifts. The previous model only got a quickshifter that only allowed clutchless upshifts. The motorcycle continues with Brembo M50 radially mounted calipers and fully-adjustable Ohlins suspension as before but the 2020 Street Triple RS gets stickier Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 tyres.
The 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS will continue to face competition from the likes of recently launched KTM Duke 790 and Ducati Monster 821 and also from the Japanese machines which includes the Kawasaki Z900 and Suzuki GSX-S750. The current Street Triple RS retails in the country for a price of Rs 11.13 lakh ex-showroom. The 2020 model will arrive in India early next year and it could command a premium of about Rs 30,000 to 40,000.