The all-new Triumph Street Triple RS is the second model in the new Triumph Street Triple family. It's the higher-spec variant of the new Street; what that means is it gets additional electronics, higher-spec cycle parts, and makes more power and torque as well, although the engine is same as the base Street Triple S. Triumph says the Street Triple RS is designed for the performance junkie, who will want to explore the racetrack occasionally, and to that end, the Street Triple RS doesn't require any additional modifications.
The base Triumph Street Triple S costs ₹ 8.71 lakh (ex-showroom), while the Street Triple RS costs ₹ 10.55 lakh (ex-showroom). What sets apart the Triumph Street Triple RS then? What does it get to lend it that 'extra' top-spec credential, and of course it costs an additional ₹ 1.8 lakh over the base Street Triple S. We take a look at the features of the new Street Triple ₹
1. Does the Street Triple RS get the same engine?
In a word, yes. The Triumph Street Triple RS is powered by the same 765 cc, in-line three, liquid-cooled engine of the Street Triple S. The difference is, on the RS, the engine makes more power and more torque; the RS makes 121 bhp at 11,700 rpm and 77 Nm of peak torque at 10,800 rpm. The Street Triple RS also gets a six-speed gearbox like the Street Triple S, but gets a slip-assist clutch which translates to a lighter clutch lever feel, and also aids in aggressive downshifting, without chances of wheel lock-up. The RS also gets a quickshifter which the S variant misses out on.
The Triumph Street Triple RS gets the same chassis as the S, but gets higher-spec suspension
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2. Is the chassis and suspension different?
The Street Triple RS gets the same chassis as the 'S' variant, but gets higher-spec suspension. At the front are Showa 41 mm upside down big piston forks with 115 mm of wheel travel, which is adjustable for compression damping, rebound damping and also gets adjustable preload. At the rear, the Street Triple RS gets Ohlins STX40 fully-adjustable piggyback reservoir with 131 mm rear wheel travel. The RS gets more travel suspension at both ends than the S variant. In addition, the steering geometry of the Street Triple RS is also different with a sharper rake and trail, and that translates to better and sharper handling.
3. Are the brakes different as well?
Yes, the Street Triple RS also gets better brakes. Both variants get twin 310 mm front discs and a single 220 mm rear disc. But the Street Triple RS gets higher-spec Brembo M50 4-piston Monobloc calipers at the front and a Brembo single-piston sliding caliper at the rear. And ABS on the RS is switchable on both wheels, for aggressive and sporty riding. On the S however, ABS remains on all the time.
4. Any more additional features?
Both the Street Triple S and Street Triple RS get ride-by-wire with different riding modes. While the S variant just gets two riding modes - Road and Rain, the Street Triple RS gets five different riding modes - Road, Rain, Sport, Track and a programmable Rider mode. The Street Triple RS also gets a full-colour 5-inch TFT instrument panel with two different themes, and three different styles to choose from, with high/low contrast options. Comparatively, the Street Triple S just gets a LCD instrument panel.
5. Does it look different?
The overall silhouette of both variants look more or less similar, but the differences are in the details. The Street Triple RS gets two new colours - Matt Silver Ice, and Phantom Black (Metallic). Additionally, the Street Triple RS also gets a body-coloured bellypan and removable pillion seat cowl. And of course, there's the RS badging to differentiate the two variants, as well as the matte silver painted aluminium rear subframe which differentiates the RS from the S variant.