Thursday, August 30, 2007

Triumph Hurricane 1300: Another 320km/h sports-tourer?

A Photoshop job of course, but this is what the new Triumph Hurricane 1300 may look like
pic: Oliepeil

Triumph are, reportedly, testing their all-new sports-tourer (see pic below) which will be powered by a 1275cc inline-four that churns out 200 horsepower. Top speed of the bike would be around 320km/h, putting it in the same league as the Hayabusa and the ZZR1400. If you can read French, more details here.

The new, 200bhp, 320km/h Triumph Hurricane 1300? Perhaps...
pic: MotoSecure

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sam said...

I made tons of blogs about Japan too. Check them out if you have time.

Shaswata said...

Well in mid 2003 Triumph canned the Hayabusa rival project after building seven prototypes and investing 4 million pounds...!!! But it seems they revived the project back in summer of 2006 after seeing the raging sales of success of the then newly launched ZZR 1400..excerpts from two 2003 MCN articles which are not available on ther site anymore:

" September 11 2003
200mph secret is out:

THESE are the exclusive first pictures of the 200mph bike Triumph is building to rival the Hayabusa and the ZX-12R.

Triumph has continually denied the existence of a new 1300cc, four-cylinder superbike. But our pictures ? snapped in the UK last week ? show the bike is well into the development process.

Codenamed A13HC, it will be called either the Daytona 1300 or Hurricane 1300 when it is officially launched. It?s not in Triumph?s plans for Spring 2004 ? but it could appear later in the year.

We spotted it outside the Triumph factory but it was soon wheeled out of view. One version was parked alongside a Kawasaki ZX-12R suggesting that bike is being used as a benchmark.

But neither the ZX-12R nor Suzuki?s Hayabusa quite hit a true 200mph ? even before the factories started fitting the bikes with 300kph (186mph) limiters (see below right). But Triumph will target the double ton with its 1275cc machine, with the intention of making it the fastest off-the-shelf bike in the world.

The Triumph is clearly more compact than the ZX-12R and we believe it will be lighter than its rivals at around 190kg.

With the 200mph target in mind Triumph has had to concentrate on aerodynamics ? explaining the huge front mudguard, drooping nose and slab-sided fairing.

Its other key styling element is the large underseat silencer, that exits in four tail pipes. This not only looks good, it also aids aerodynamics, as there?s no end can hanging out in the airflow.

Triumph has a long-standing love affair with single-sided swingarms and the 1300 uses one too ? and it?s heavily braced.

The all-new engine will need to produce somewhere in the region of 180bhp for the bike to hit 200mph ? and beat its Kawasaki and Suzuki competitors.

The picture, right, reveals the design ideas Triumph is including.

When MCN spotted the bike it was in the company of three oriental visitors.

They are likely to be from Triumph?s new Thai factory, and although they won?t be manufacturing the whole bike, many components will be sourced there. They seemed particularly interested in the gearbox, suggesting some of its parts may be made at the new plant."

Second Article:

" October 9 2003
Triumph cans Hayabusa rival

MCN has learnt that Triumph has scrapped its project to build the first genuine 200mph production motorcycle.

For last three years the British factory has been developing a 1300cc hypersport bike to rival the Suzuki Hayabusa and Kawasaki ZX-12R and the company intended it to be the first production machine to break the 200mph barrier.

But MCN has learnt that after calling in industry consultants Triumph has decided that with the limited production capacity at its Hinckley factory the bike would not have been a profitable proposition.

And with the market for the 180bhp superbike appearing to be in decline as well the company decided to cut its losses despite having already invested about £4 million.

MCN spotted the bike undergoing tests at the start of September and it appeared to be almost ready for production, but all but one of the seven prototypes have now been destroyed with the remaining bike going to Triumph?s private museum.

Get the full story in this week?s MCN, out October 8, plus all the latest news and sports and a 16-page supplement revealing the technical secrets behind the top MotoGP bikes."

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