“Surely Triumph can’t just be making a limited run of Rocket 3 TFCs”, we thought, when Triumph unveiled the return of the TFC programme a few months back. And we were right. Triumph have just announced a full production run of Rocket 3 Rs and Rocket 3 GTs. And in case you don’t know, a Rocket 3 is what you get when you cross a car engine with a motorcycle.
As the names suggest, one’s standard (albeit R designated) with a sport rider and pillion seat, and one’s a GT with a tailored pillion seat setup. Just look at them, and think of them as the Bobber to the Speedmaster. Move over Diavel 1260 S, there’s a new boss in town, with a 2.5l engine, enough power (165hp @ 6,000rpm) and torque (221nm @ 4,000rpm) to slow earth’s rotation, and more presence than a US carrier fleet sailing up the gulf.
Triumph says the new Rocket 3 has the highest ever specification, including premium brakes (Brembo M50s), premium suspension, plus cutting edge rider aids (all the usual stuff), “phenomenal” handling, and a butt load of comfort and touring ability.
Both models are ~40kg lighter than the old Rocket III, and as a result sits on the right side of 300kg (!), at 291kg (R) and 294kg (GT). No pricing is available just yet, but we’d reckon around £20k or so.
Update: both models have indicative pricing of £19,500 each, and will be confirmed in September.
For now, enjoy the photos.
NEW ROCKET 3 R
NEW ROCKET 3 GT
Inline 3-cylinder, water-cooled, DOHC
110.2 mm x 85.9 mm
167PS /165 bhp (123 kW) @ 6,000rpm
221Nm @ 4,000rpm
Ride-by-wire, fuel injected
Stainless 3-into-1 headers with 3 exit silencer / CAT box
Shaft, bevel box
Full aluminium frame
TFT multi-functional instrument pack with digital speedometer, trip computer, digital tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, service indicator, ambient temperature, clock and rider modes (Rain/Road/Sport/Rider-configurable) –
Triumph TFT Connectivity System can be added with accessory fitted Bluetooth module
Single-sided, cast aluminium
17 x 3.5in cast aluminium
16 x 7.5in cast aluminium
150/80 R17 V
240/50 R16 V
Showa 47mm upside-down 1+1 cartridge front forks, compression and rebound adjuster. 120mm travel
Fully adjustable Showa piggyback reservoir RSU with remote hydraulic preload adjuster, 107mm rear wheel travel.
Dual 320mm discs, Brembo M4.30 Stylema® 4-piston radial monobloc calipers,
Single 300mm disc, Brembo M4.32 4-piston monobloc caliper, Cornering ABS
291 kg (R)
294 kg (GT)
Fuel Tank Capacity