The much-awaited new 400cc models from Triumph have been unveiled globally and here’s 5 key facts you need to know.
Engine & frame
Both the new Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X are powered by the TR-series liquid-cooled, 398cc, single-cylinder mill making 40hp and 37.5Nm. This engine gets a 6-speed gearbox (as opposed to the larger 900s which make do with a 5-speed unit) with a torque-assist clutch.
Nestling this engine is an all-new frame which Triumph describes as a hybrid spine/perimeter frame built from tubular steel. The company claims each bike has a dedicated chassis and suspension setup to suit it’s unique character.
Both bikes are suspended by a 43mm USD fork/monoshock setup but the Scrambler has 150mm of travel at both ends, while the Speed has 140mm/130mm at the front and back, respectively. The Scrambler also has a larger 320mm front disc, compared to the Speed’s 300mm unit, which should prove to be helpful when bringing the former (which weighs179 kg) to a halt. The Speed 400 at 170 kg, is 1 kg lighter than the current 390 Duke.
Tyres are an interesting topic because while Triumph’s media site claims and shows the Speed 400 running on Metzeler M9 RR rubber, a couple of other media shots show the bike’s 17-inch alloy wheels rolling on the Pirelli Rosso 3 tyres. Then there is also the fact that many of the test mules spied earlier have been seen rolling on the new MRF Steel Brace rubber. The Scrambler 400 X’s 19/17-inch wheels are shod with dual-purpose Metzeler Karoo Street hoops.
While these aren’t the most technologically advanced bikes in this space, they pack in a respectable amount of kit. Standard equipment includes full LED lighting, ride-by-wire, switchable traction control, dual-channel ABS, an immobiliser and a USB-C charging port.
The dash features a large analogue speedometer with a small LCD screen placed adjacent to it. On the screen are readouts for a vertical digital tachometer, a gear position indicator, trip data and a fuel gauge. In the case of the Scrambler, the company says that the dual-channel ABS is also switchable for off-road use.
Design, fit & finish
Considering that Triumph is targeting the budget-conscious end of the market, fit and finish appears to be quite premium. Bits like the headlight bracket, throttle body covers, stainless steel fasteners and neat welds point to these bikes not skimping out on the traditionally good fit and finish the Hinckley-based marque is renowned for.
Expected price & India launch
Both the Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X will be launched in India on July 5. Expect the Speed’s price to hover somewhere around the Rs 3 lakh mark and the Scrambler to cost some Rs 30,000 or so more.