2013 Triumph Tiger Sport Announced
Triumph revealed a new version of its 1050cc Tiger named the Tiger Sport. Triumph currently lists this new Tiger Sport beside its Tiger 1050 on the Triumph website’s 2013 offerings but the new model appears to be a replacement for the previous model which has been relatively unchanged since its introduction in 2007.
Officially unveiled at the Brussels Motor Show, the 2013 Triumph Tiger Sport receives new body panels, tail and windscreen but perhaps the most notable design change is the new single-sided swingarm which better shows off the black cast aluminum alloy multi-spoke rear wheel. Also new are the reflector headlights, footrests and seat which is both narrower and at 32.7 inches slightly lower than that of the previous model.
The new Tiger still uses a 1050cc liquid-cooled, 12-valve in-line Triple with a bore of 79mm and stroke of 71.4mm. A new intake and exhaust system however gives a power and torque upgrade, with Triumph claiming 123 hp at 9400 rpm from the new model compared to claims of 113 hp at 9400 rpm from the previous model. According to Triumph, the Tiger Sport gets a 5 ft-lb. improvement in torque to 77 ft-lb., and the peak torque now arrives at 4300 rpm compared to 6250 rpm on the outgoing model.
Fuel economy figures were not released though Triumph also claims a 7% increase in range on a full 5.3 gallon fuel tank. Also new is the six-speed transmission which Triumph says offers faster gear changes.
The Tiger Sport is equipped with a new suspension system with a new springs and damping. It includes a fully-adjustable 43mm upside-down Showa fork with 140mm of travel and a Showa monoshock offering adjustable preload and rebound damping with 150mm of travel.
Braking is provided by Nissin four-piston radial-mount calipers gripping twin 320mm discs up front and a two-piston Nissin caliper on a 255mm disc at the rear. The Triumph Tiger Sport comes standard with switchable ABS which has a newer modulator than the previous model’s ABS.
The new Tiger’s chassis appears to use the same aluminum beam twin-spar frame but the subframe is new, helping increase payload capacity to 485 pounds.
Triumph provided the Tiger Sport with a new range of accessories including the optional Triumph Dynamic Luggage System, first introduced on the 2004 Sprint ST, that allows panniers to sway up to five degrees to reduce turbulence. The official color-matched accessory panniers can now hold up to 22 pounds , double the payload of the previous model’s bags. The left bag has a volume of 31 liters while the right pannier has a reduced capacity of 24 liters because of the exhaust.
The 2013 Triumph Tiger Sport will be available in Crystal White or Diablo Red. Pricing and U.S. availability have not been announced.