Triumph Tiger Sport 660 unveiled, India launch next year

    The Tiger Sport 660 is based on the Trident 660’s platform.

    Published On Oct 05, 2021 04:30:00 PM

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    After numerous teasers, Triumph has fully unveiled its new Tiger Sport 660 adventure tourer.

    • Uses three-cylinder engine from the Triumph Trident 660
    • Gets more suspension travel
    • India launch in March-April 2022

    Triumph Tiger Sport 660: design and features

    First off, the styling is quite a departure from the current Tiger’s design philosophy with a sharp and sporty-looking half-fairing that holds twin LED headlights. The fuel tank has grown to 17-litres – from the 14-litres in the Trident – and the bike gets a new digital display with a small colour TFT section.

    The side and tail angles are much more familiar to the Trident, but the bigger fairing will give the Tiger Sport 660 a stronger sense of presence, something the naked bike lacks. There are three colour combinations available – Lucerne Blue and Sapphire Black, Korosi Red and Graphite and a minimalist Graphite and Black option.

    Features wise, the Tiger Sport 660 gets self-cancelling indicators, dual-channel ABS, switchable traction control and two riding modes – Road and Rain. Triumph says there are over 40 homologated accessories, including specially designed panniers and a large top box.

    Triumph Tiger Sport 660: chassis

    Underneath the skin is the same steel main frame from the Trident, but the subframe is now different to accommodate the extra load that this touring-oriented bike is designed to carry. The swingarm is a little longer as well and the wheelbase has gone up by 11mm. Triumph says that the seat has been redone for better comfort, and is likely to be a little longer as well, but the company hasn’t confirmed this.

    The seat height has risen by 30mm to 835mm, which is quite tall, even when compared to the Triumph Tiger 900GT. The reason the seat height has gone up is because the Tiger Sport 660 now has 150mm of suspension travel at both ends, compared with 120mm and 133.5mm of front and rear travel on the Trident. Although this is lower than the 180 and 170mm of travel you’ll get with the Tiger 900GT, it is on par with its main rival in India, the Kawasaki Versys 650.

    The suspension components are made by Showa, with a non-adjustable 41mm USD fork and a pre-load adjustable shock with a remote preload adjuster. The rest of the chassis components, including the 17-inch wheels, Nissin brakes and Michelin Road 5 tyres are shared with the Trident. Kerb weight is now 206kg, as against the 189kg on the Trident.

    Triumph Tiger Sport 660: engine

    The 660cc three-cylinder is nearly identical to the Trident and produces the same 81hp at 10,250rpm and 64Nm at 6,250rpm. The internal gear ratios and final drive ratio are untouched, but Triumph says there are some small differences in the overall tuning for this application. As with the Trident, the six-speed gearbox can be optioned with an up/down quickshifter at an extra cost. Service intervals are slated at 16,000km or 1 year, whichever comes first.

    Triumph Tiger Sport 660: India launch, price

    The Tiger Sport 660 will come to India as a CKD unit and we expect an ex-showroom price between Rs 8.9-9.3 lakh when it launches in India around March-April 2022. This price will position it significantly higher than the Rs 7.15 lakh Versys 650, but comfortably below the Rs 11.95 lakh Tiger 850 Sport.

    This expected price is also much higher than the Rs 6.95 lakh that the Trident costs at the moment, but the Trident’s introductory price is due for a sizable hike early next year. In fact, the entire Triumph range is expected to see its prices go up by early 2022.

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