We were supposed to wait another week until we heard pricing for the new Triumph Speed Triple, but the British brand spilled the beans early to the assembled press, at the bike’s international press launch in Almería, Spain.
Revamped for this model year, the new Triumph Speed Triple is really an evolution of the previous model, but adds some important upgrades to the original production streetfighter – namely a robust electronics suite and a more powerful 1050cc engine.
As such, we have prices for the 2018 Triumph Speed Triple S and 2018 Triumph Speed Triple RS for the US market, and Hinckley has done a good job of keeping this venerable streetfighter competitive against the field, both in terms of features and costs.
Without further ado, pricing for the 2018 Triumph Speed Triple is as follows:
Triumph Speed Triple S – $14,350 MSRP
Triumph Speed Triple RS – $16,350 MSRP
With these prices, Triumph has made it a no-brainer for the RS model to be the better value for your dollar, with the $2,000 premium getting you Öhlins suspension, an Arrow exhaust (street legal), and IMU-powered traction control and ABS, as well as an up/down quickshifter.
Against the other brands, Triumph makes a strong impression too, being the cheapest out of the European streetfighter options.
At $16,350 MSRP, the Triumph Speed Triple RS is $455 more expensive than the BMW S1000R ($15,895 MSRP with similar packages), $1,149 cheaper than the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory ($17,499 MSRP), and $1,649 cheaper than the KTM 1290 Super Duke R ($17,999 MSRP).
Comparable in features to the S1000R, the Speed Triple RS offers a bit better packaging and value than the BMW, while only being marginally more expensive.
And against the Aprilia and KTM, Triumph makes a simpler appeal to one’s wallet, while less than in terms of features, but still plenty to get your hair wet.
As such, it will be interesting to see how customers react to Triumph’s pricing news. We think they positioned the new Speed Triple RS quite perfectly.