Triumph Speed 400 vs rivals: price, specifications compared

    The Speed 400 is the only bike to offer traction control and heated grips in this space.

    Published On Jul 06, 2023 10:30:00 AM


    Triumph Speed 400 vs rivals: price, specifications compared.

    The brand new Triumph Speed 400 enters a hotly contested segment and we stack it up against its primary rivals on paper.

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    Triumph Speed 400 vs rivals: engine & output

    Engine & output
    Triumph Speed 400KTM 390 DukeRE INT 650BMW G 310 R
    EngineLiquid-cooled, 398cc, single-cylLiquid-cooled, 373cc, single-cylAir/oil-cooled, 648cc, parallel-twinLiquid-cooled, 312cc, single-cyl
    Power40hp at 8,000rpm43.5hp at 9,000rpm47hp at 7,250rpm34hp at 9,250rpm
    Torque37.5Nm at 6,500rpm37Nm at 7,000rpm52.3Nm at 5,150rpm28Nm at 7,500rpm
    Power-to-weight ratio235hp/tonne254hp/tonne215hp/tonne207hp/tonne

    The Speed 400’s brand new engine isn’t the most powerful in this company, but it makes more torque than any other single-cylinder competitor. And with the Speed being a roadster rather than a sporty naked, this engine’s mid-range performance should be quite enjoyable. Unsurprisingly, the largest and smallest bikes here are the most and least powerful, respectively.

    Triumph Speed 400 vs rivals: weight & dimensions

    Weight & dimensions
    Triumph Speed 400KTM 390 DukeRE INT 650BMW G 310 R
    Kerb weight176kg (India-spec)171kg218kg164kg
    Seat height790mm822mm804mm785mm
    Fuel capacity13 litres13.4 litres13.7 litres11 litres
    Ground clearanceNA151mm174mmNA

    Weighing 170kg and with a seat that’s just 790mm off the ground, the Speed 400 should be one of the more manageable bikes in this space. However, the diminutive G 310 R takes that one step further with an even lighter kerb weight and shorter perch. While the 390 Duke’s saddle is the tallest, it's quite narrow where the tank meets the seat, which should help shorter riders.

    Triumph Speed 400 vs rivals: suspension & brakes

    Suspension & brakes
    Triumph Speed 400KTM 390 DukeRE INT 650BMW G 310 R
    Suspension (f)43mm USD fork43mm USD forkTelescopic fork41mm USD fork
    Suspension (r)MonoshockMonoshockTwin shock absorbersMonoshock
    Brakes (f)300mm disc320mm disc320mm disc300mm disc
    Brakes (r)230mm disc230mm disc240mm disc240mm disc
    Tyres (f)110/70-R17110/70-R17100/90-18110/70-R17
    Tyres (r)150/60-R17150/60-R17130/70-R18150/60-R17

    The Speed 400’s suspension and braking hardware is par for the course in this segment. However, it remains to be seen whether the premium Metzeler or Pirelli rubber it is seen rolling on in the press shots overseas makes it to our shores. Except for the Interceptor 650, which rolls on 18-inch rims and features more basic suspension hardware, all the bikes here roll on conventionally sized 17-inch units and have a USD fork/monoshock set-up.

    Triumph Speed 400 vs rivals: features

    Currently, the Triumph Speed 400 is the only bike here to come with a switchable traction control system, an immobiliser and heated grips, albeit the latter is an optional extra. It also gets full-LED lighting, ride-by-wire throttle and a USB type-C charger. The 390 Duke is the only bike here to feature a colour TFT dash with Bluetooth connectivity. Despite the fact that the Interceptor 650’s digi-analogue dials pack in fairly little data, they remain pleasing to look at in an era of increasingly digital displays.

    There is also the fact that the new small-capacity Triumph duos appear to be very well-finished with neat welds, high-quality fasteners and great attention to detail, which should further boost their curb appeal. We will soon get a chance to hop aboard the new Speed 400, so make sure to watch this space for our reviews.

    Triumph Speed 400 vs rivals: price

    Triumph Speed 400KTM 390 DukeRE INT 650BMW G 310 R
    Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)Rs 2.33 lakhRs 2.97 lakhRs 3.03 lakh – Rs 3.31 lakhRs 2.85 lakh

    At the launch event yesterday, Triumph revealed that the Speed 400 would cost Rs 2.33 lakh, but that the first 10,000 bookings would be able to avail the bike at Rs 2.23 lakh. That is seriously aggressive pricing and undercuts the Bajaj Dominar and is less than Rs 2,000 more expensive than the top-spec RE Classic 350. While the Triumph Speed 400 isn't the most powerful nor the lightest bike here, it brings premium build quality, comprehensive features list and the coveted badge value the British marque is synonymous with to a much more accessible price bracket. 

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    Would you choose the Triumph Speed 400 over its competitors? Let us know in the comments section below.


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    Warwick Leggett - 185 days ago

    Yes, I'll buy a Bajaj Triumph speed when it comes to Argentina, as long as Argentina isn't too greedy on its pricing. I have a Bajaj ns200 I bought in 2017, and although it's the lowest capacity of over 30 machines I've owned. The workmanship and reliability are superb. I've ridden the new Triumphs in Australia and have found the Triumph triples to be excellent machines in every respect.

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