Triumph has today revealed that its new Daytona 660 middleweight sportsbike will be available from $14,790 rideaway when it hits showrooms in March, undercutting key rivals in the Yamaha YZF-R7 and incoming Suzuki GSX-8R.
The Triumph Daytona 660 will be available in both LAMS and full-power configurations, both at the same price, making it less expensive than the Yamaha YZF-R7 which is sold from $14,849 in LAMS guise, and $15,649 in its high-output form.
Similarly, the Daytona undercuts the upcoming Suzuki GSX-8R which will launch in April priced from $14,990, though this model does not qualify for LAMS accreditation due to its 776cc engine (660cc is the capacity limit).
For comparison, the Daytona 660 generates 70kW and 69Nm from its 660cc triple-cylinder engine (LAMS: 42kW and 62Nm), while the Yamaha R7 uses a 689ccc mill outputting 54kW and 67Nm.
The Suzuki GSX-8R features a 776cc parallel-twin engine generating 61kW and 78Nm, which is comparable to the Daytona 660’s figures, although it does benefit from a more advanced electronics suite and comes standard with an up/down quickshifter.
As previously reported, the Triumph Daytona 660 builds on its ‘660’ triple-cylinder platform as debuted with the Trident naked bike, but gains a number of key upgrades including a 17 per cent boost to power and a nine per cent increase in torque.
The bike presents as a fully faired sportsbike with neutral forward leaning ergonomics to strike a balance between sportiness and comfort. A seat height of 810mm should make it comfortable for most new and experienced riders.
Suspension is handled by Showa, with 41mm upside-down forks damping the front end, while 310mm twin brake discs and new Michelin Power 6 tyres round out the major handling features.
Technology features extend to three rider modes (no six-axis IMU) and a TFT dash, while an up/down quickshifter and smartphone connectivity must be purchased as an option.
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