The Triumph Speed 400 and the Scrambler 400X are the first models out of the Bajaj-Triumph joint venture and boy… they look awesome..!
So, Triumph (and Bajaj) has announced direct war against Royal Enfield with the unveiling of the most awaited motorcycles that have been named Speed 400 and Scrambler 400X. Without a doubt these two will be the biggest launches of the year.
Both the motorcycles are conceptualized and designed by Triumph and are based on an all new 400 platform – that will be manufactured by Bajaj in India.
Triumph Speed 400
The roadster version of this platform is called as Speed 400 and takes inspiration from the bigger Speed twin 900 and 1200. The Speed 400 is the more natural and expected motorcycle on this platform and carries a neutral riding posture for everyday riding. Speed 400 is a road focussed motorcycle.
Triumph Scrambler 400X
The Scrambler 400X becomes the smallest member in Triumph’s Scrambler family that currently has the Scrambler 900 and 1200. It appears to be a road motorcycle with some degree of off-road worthiness and comes with a more upright rider geometry.
Both the 400s carry an all new 398cc, single cylinder, fuel injected engine. It comes with liquid cooling and carries dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) – which means there is a whole lot modern-ness to it. This motor churns 40 PS of class leading power at 8000 rpm and 37.5 Nm of maximum torque at 6500 rpm.
Prominent features both these small Triumphs come with include ride by wire (that offers more precise control), traction control system (that is switchable), torque assist clutch (for smoother operation) and all LED lighting (LED headlamps, tail lamps and side blinkers).
A dual channel ABS system is standard on both the models and it is switchable on the Scrambler (for off-road use). It is not clear if only the rear can be switched off (supermoto mode) on the X. The baby Triumphs also come with an immobiliser and can be switched on with original key only.
Both the Speed 400 and Scrambler 400X will be launched in India on 5th July and that is when we will get to know their prices as well. They will also go to other markets towards the end of this year.
The media rides are planned around the 10th July timeframe so we should have a good idea of how has the complete package come up by the mid of next month.
So, there we have them – two of the biggest upcoming launches of this year. What are your initial views and which one do you like more – the roadster or the scrambler…?