The Triumph Trident is the British brand’s latest roadster and the most affordable offering which will be positioned under the Triumph Street Twin when it is launched in India.
After almost two decades, Triumph Motorcycles have resurrected the Trident name. The first-ever Triumph Trident was introduced way back in 1968 and it sported the British marque’s first three-cylinder motor, a 740-cc air-cooled unit that made around 58 hp. After being phased out in 1975, a more modern version – the Trident 900 was launched in 1990 offered with the option of a short-stroke 750 cc or a long-stroke 885 cc engine. After a successful run of eight years, the model was put to rest in 1998. (Also Read: Triumph Trident Global Launch)
After a gap of almost 22 years, the Trident has made a comeback. The Triumph Trident 660 will be hitting showroom across India in early-2021. The pre-bookings for the Triumph Trident 660 are open across all Triumph India dealerships and customers can book the motorcycle with an initial amount of Rs 50,000. This booking amount on the Trident 660 is 100 per cent refundable until the price announcement of the motorcycle. Additionally, Triumph are also offering a special finance scheme for the Trident 660 wherein customers can bring home this new roadster at an EMI of just Rs 9,999. This offer is however for a limited period only.
Recently, an image of a screenshot of the Triumph India website has been posted online. In this image, the price of the motorcycle was revealed after which it was removed by the manufacturers. If we go according to what we have seen in the picture, the motorcycle should be launched for a price of Rs 6.95 lakh (ex-showroom) and we’ll come to know the official price on 6 April, 2021 when the bike is launched in India. Just for reference, the Honda CB500X is being imported to India and has been priced at Rs 6.87 lakh (ex-showroom). What needs to be kept in mind is that Triumph gets the benefit of low import taxes due to the India-Thailand trade agreement.
With the Trident 660, Triumph Motorcycles will be entering the premium middleweight roadster category. Powering it will be a 660-cc, liquid-cooled, three-cylinder engine that produces 81 hp at 10,250 rpm and a peak torque of 64 Nm at 6,250 rpm. Interestingly, Triumph Motorcycles claim that 90 per cent of the torque is available across most of the rev range. The six-speed gearbox comes with a slip-and-assist clutch and an optional up-and-down quick-shifter. The new 660-cc three-cylinder engine, the renowned performance of this triple, a minimal design, the latest features and easy handling on the Trident promise to enthral a new generation of Triumph riders as well as enthusiasts. The Trident is expected to be priced below the Triumph Street Twin which costs Rs 7.45 lakh (ex-showroom), and will also serve as the entry price point into Triumph brand.
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It took the engineers at Triumph’s design facility at Hinckley, UK close to four years to develop the 2021 Triumph Trident, with some styling inputs from Italian motorcycle designer Rodolfo Frascoli. Before this, the Italian talent had cast his magic on other Triumph motorcycles including the Tiger 900 and Speed Triple.
To keep cost in check, the entry-level Triumph shares plenty of cycle parts from its siblings, particularly the Street Triple. You’ll notice familiar bits in the design and the three-cylinder mill but it is said to come with a new steel mainframe instead of the Street Triple’s light-weight aluminium chassis. Triumph Motorcycles revealed that the Triumph Trident comes packed with the characteristics that the British marque is known for.
When the Triumph Trident is launched on 6 April, 2021, the new middle-weight roadster will go up against a bunch of Japanese bikes such as the Kawasaki Z650, Yamaha MT-07 and the Honda CB650R.