Triumph Motorcycles India has begun deliveries of the new Rocket 3 R, its flagship power cruiser. The new Triumph Rocket 3 R was launched in India back in December 2019 and was showcased at the India Bike Week. Priced at Rs 18 lakh (ex-showroom), the new Rocket 3 R is quite competitively priced, considering its ballistic engine and long list of standard equipment. In fact, the company says that the first batch of Rocket 3 Rs, consisting of 40 units, have already been sold out and they are expecting a fresh batch by February 2020.
Triumph’s pricing strategy seems like an ace move as the new Rocket 3 R is Rs 2 lakh cheaper than the previous-generation Rocket 3. This has happened because the bike is brought to India from Thailand via FTA, giving the manufacturer a big advantage.
The Rocket 3 R is powered by a 2,500cc, liquid-cooled engine – making it the largest unit to be fitted on a mass-produced motorcycle. The motor produces 167hp at 6,000rpm and a whopping 221Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. It is also significantly lighter (by 18kg), thanks to a new crank case assembly, lubrication system and balancer shaft. In fact, the bike itself is over 40kg lighter than its predecessor.
Part of the weight savings are also thanks to a new, all-aluminium frame, with the engine acting as a stressed member. Suspension duties are taken care of by 47mm, compression and rebound adjustable, Showa USD forks (with 120mm travel) at the front and a monoshock at the rear with a Showa piggyback reservoir and remote adjuster (with 107mm travel). Braking, meanwhile, is handled by twin 320mm discs at the front with Brembo Stylema four-piston monobloc calipers (the same ones seen on the Ducati Panigale V4), and a 300mm disc at the rear with Brembo M4.32, four-piston calipers.