Triumph have today unveiled two new Rocket 3 models; the Rocket 3 R and the Rocket 3 GT.
Both models are mechanically identical, being powered by a 2500cc inline three-cylinder engine. No, that’s not a typo, the new engine really is that big. That makes it the largest production motorcycle engine in the world. Take that, America.
Of course, with an engine that big, the Rocket 3 is pumping out some impressive numbers. Those numbers are 221Nm of torque and 164bhp. Yikes.
Let’s put those numbers into perspective. The latest Ducati Diavel, a direct competitor to the new Rocket 3, produces 128Nm of torque. That’s a huge difference. Even the KTM 1290 Superduke R, which produces almost enough torque to change the rotation of the earth, only puts out 134Nm. Yeah, the new Rocket 3 is completely ridiculous. To help transfer all that torque to the tarmac, Triumph have partnered with British tyre manufacturer Avon, to create the Avon Cobra Chrome – developed especially for the new Rocket 3’s 240 section rear end.
Those improved performance figures are great, but they’re not going to make a huge amount of difference if the Rocket 3 is as heavy as the previous model, which weighed in at 367kg. Triumph have managed to shave 40kg off the new model, thanks to an al-new aluminium frame and cast and forged components. It’s still no lightweight, but you know, every little helps.
On the move the new Rocket 3 will be controlled by a fully adjustable Showa shock and upside down 47mm Showa forks adjustable for compression and rebound. There are also new Brembo Stylema calipers to help bring the 327kg Rocket to a stop.
As is the norm in 2019, the Rocket 3 gets a fancy, full-colour TFT dash, riding modes, traction control and cornering ABS. There’s also hill hold control, cruise control, keyless ignition and Triumph Shift Assist. The iconic twin headlights of the original Rocket 3 remain, but they’re now completely LED. None of those old fashioned bulbs here.
So what’s the difference between the R and the GT? The R is the ‘sportier’ of the two, with mid level footpegs, while the GT gets forward controls, a pillion backrest, flyscreen, and bars swept slightly further back. The footpegs on the R can be adjusted vertically for more ground clearance, while on the GT they can be adjusted horizontally for more comfort.
Triumph haven’t announced a release date, but prices for both models will be released on November 19.