INDIA-BOUND TRIUMPH ROCKET 3 R BLACK, ROCKET 3 GT TRIPLE BLACK LIMITED EDITIONS REVEALED

Having unveiled the updated-for-2021 Modern Classic line-up a few weeks ago, Triumph Motorcycles has now taken the wraps off two limited-edition versions of the Rocket 3 power cruiser – the Rocket 3 R Black and the Rocket 3 GT Triple Black. As their names suggest, both the Triumph Rocket 3 R Black and Rocket 3 GT Black are unique in how they sport an all-black color scheme, with elements that previously sported a silver finish being replaced by blacked-out parts.

While the Rocket 3 R Black gets a single-tone finish, the Rocket 3 GT wears three different black shades, which is why it is named ‘Triple Black.’ Both bikes feature a carbon fiber front mudguard, as well as blacked-out heat shields, exhaust headers, and intake cover. The headlight bezels, fly screen finishers, radiator cowls are all finished in black, as are the brake and clutch levers, brake and gear pedals, and bar-end mirrors.

There are no mechanical or feature changes for either of the limited-edition motorcycles. They continue to be powered by the largest engine for a production two-wheeler – a 2,458 cc, three-cylinder unit that produces 167 hp and 221 Nm of torque. The features, meanwhile, remain identical to those found on the standard Rocket 3 R and Rocket 3 GT.

Buyers of both motorcycles will receive a certificate of authenticity that carries the motorcycle’s unique VIN. Production of the Triumph Rocket 3 R Black and Rocket 3 GT Triple Black limited editions will be limited to 1,000 units (each) worldwide. Triumph Motorcycles has announced that the limited editions will go on sale in global markets from mid-April onwards, but there is no word on when the India launch will occur. When the bikes arrive on our shores, expect their prices to be close to the Rs 20 lakh mark (ex-showroom).

During the interaction, Miles Perkins, Head of Brand Management at Triumph Motorcycles, stated the current-gen Rocket 3 had elicited a positive response in India, with 130 units of the power cruiser sold to date since its launch in December 2019. Germany, the US, France, and the UK are Rocket 3’s biggest markets.

With the world fast shifting to electric mobility, the Rocket 3 is an anomaly in today’s times. Responding to a question by Tech2 on whether the Rocket 3 could make the transition into an all-electric model in the future, Perkins refused to divulge any details but said an electric Rocket could be an “exciting” proposition. Triumph had confirmed it would soon make an announcement about its electric two-wheeler project in a previous media interaction. In 2019, Triumph had announced the ‘Project TE-1’. It would collaborate with Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd, and WMG at the University of Warwick to develop technology for future electric two-wheelers.

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