No word on price yet, but many riders would mortgage their mother to put one of these beautiful black Triumphs in the garage.

With just 1000 of each special edition to be offered, not just here but across the globe, each with a unique certificate of authenticity, the new Rocket 3 R Black and Rocket 3 GT Triple Black take exclusivity to a new level.

The new special edition Rocket 3 lineup comes in two stunning and sophisticated colour schemes.

The ultimate muscle roadster, the Rocket 3 R Black, takes on a dark and aggressive style with a distinctive matt and gloss all-black paint scheme, with black tank badges and new ‘black’ branding.

Alternatively, the Rocket 3 GT Triple Black features a sophisticated dark style with a distinctive three-shade black paint scheme, while maintaining all of its laid-back and comfortable attitude.

They’re powered of course by the largest production motorcycle engine in the world, a 2500cc three cylinder job yhat develops 123kW of power and 221Nm of torque, the latter from a low 4000 rpm — the highest torque output of any production motorcycle in the world.

The Rocket 3 R recently set a new benchmark for Triumph motorcycles, blasting from 0-100km/h in just 2.83 seconds.

The engine of this special-edition carries the aggressive and dark style with a black painted finish on the iconic, hydroformed three-header exhaust run, which delivers the most magnificent, rich, triple engine roar.

The Rocket 3 R also features a high-performance 6-speed helical-cut gearbox and a ‘torque assist’ hydraulic clutch.

With their unique and sophisticated blacked-out style, these special editions add even more attitude to the ultimate high-performance muscle roadster.

Distinctive and unique premium black schemes:

  • New Rocket 3 R Black with an aggressive all-black colour scheme
  • New Rocket 3 GT Triple Black with a distinctive three-shades paint scheme.
  • Premium carbon-fibre mudguard
  • Unique blacked out engine finish, including:
    • Black painted exhaust headers
    • Black painted heat shields.
    • Crinkle black powder coated intake cover
    • New black painted headlight bezels, fly screen finishers, radiator cowls, seat finishers and rear body finishers
    • New blacked out badging and rear wheel finishers
    • New black anodised components, rear frame forging, brake and clutch levers, yokes, risers and handlebar clamps, RSU rocker, swingarm guard, side stand, rider footrest, brake and gear pedals, yokes, risers, heel guards and pillion
      footrests and hangers
    • Premium black anodised bar-end mirrors

Rocket 3 comes with Triumph’s optimised cornering ABS and traction control as standard.

These are controlled by a sophisticated Inertial Measurement Unit which measures the roll, pitch, yaw and acceleration rates of the bike, in order to calculate the lean angle and optimise braking and traction control accordingly.

Instruments are Triumph’s latest generation full-colour TFTs, which are angle-adjustable and have two information layout themes that can be personalised.

The TFT system has the accessory My Triumph connectivity system software pre-installed, and ready to be activated, with an accessory-fit Bluetooth module.

This gives the rider GoPro interaction, turn-by-turn navigation and phone and music operation via the switch cubes, with all information displayed and accessible on the screen.

Both models are equipped with four riding modes — Road, Rain, Sport and Rider-configurable — all of which can be easily changed while on the move via the illuminated switch cubes.

For low energy consumption, increased durability and greater visibility, the Rocket 3 R has all-LED lighting, including a twin LED headlight, a beautifully-shaped tail light, indicators and the number plate light.

As standard the Rocket comes equipped with hill hold control, cruise control, keyless ignition and keyless steering lock, and a USB charging socket.

Pricing will be announced closer to arrival which is scheduled for April/May.

 

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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