Triumph made a groundbreaking announcement on June 27, 2023, when they unveiled two new models that shook up the realm of small displacement motorcycles. The anticipation surrounding the Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X had been building for more than a year. During this time, rumors and speculations fueled the curiosity of enthusiasts. The only known detail was that Triumph had joined forces with Indian manufacturer Bajaj to create and manufacture a compact motorcycle for the renowned Hinckley company.
With the grand unveiling of the Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X, all the speculation surrounding these models can finally be laid to rest. These bikes took center stage at the esteemed Bike Shed in London, U.K., where they received a warm reception and left a positive first impression on attendees. In fact, some enthusiasts went as far as suggesting that these two models could potentially become the top-selling bikes in Triumph's contemporary lineup. Such claims are not unfounded, especially if the pricing of these motorcycles is set appropriately.
When it comes to performance, the new Triumph bikes are equipped with a completely fresh engine: a 398cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder powertrain. As previously mentioned, this engine was collaboratively developed with Bajaj. On paper, it appears to deliver a comparable level of performance to another Bajaj engine found in the KTM 390 and Husqvarna 401 models, which has a displacement of 373cc. With an output of 40 horsepower and 26 pound-feet of torque, the Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X possess a spirited and performance-focused nature that surpasses their counterparts from brands like Royal Enfield. This will undoubtedly attract a sportier demographic of riders who crave a more exhilarating riding experience.
In terms of aesthetics, the new Triumph singles harmoniously embody the essence of Triumph's heritage line. The Speed 400 seamlessly integrates as an ideal entry-level choice within the Bonneville series, while the Scrambler 400 X fulfills the same role in the Scrambler lineup. Both models boast a retro-chic appearance, highlighted by a modern LED headlight at the front and eye-catching gold anodized inverted front forks. The engine design also embraces a nostalgic touch, featuring stylized cooling fins that mimic an air-cooled aesthetic, along with a swept-back exhaust system. This overall design direction ensures that the new Triumph bikes exude a timeless charm while staying true to their classic roots.
One burning question on the minds of many is the anticipated global release of these bikes. It’s expected that the Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X will commence shipping in the United States and Europe within the timeframe spanning from 2023 to the beginning of 2024. Regarding the local market, there is a high level of confidence that these motorcycles will find their way to the Philippines very soon. The undeniable success of models like the KTM 390 series and Husqvarna 401 has firmly established the presence of a robust market for small-displacement motorcycles that prioritize performance. With this precedent, it is highly likely that the Triumph offerings will cater to the demands of this niche and eventually become available in our local market.