The all new Triumph Daytona 675 & 675R made their debut at Milan’s EICMA Motorcycle Show!
While a few tweaks and modifications would have kept the 675 on the pace, Triumph took the decision to raise the bar emphatically and the 2013 model features a brand new engine, new frame, fresh and sophisticated new bodywork and a host of other detail changes.
Daytona 675 Key Features
- Brand new, higher powered triple engine with 128ps (+3ps on the last 675) and 75Nm (+2Nm) of torque and an increased 14,400rpm red line.
- New chassis with improved weight distribution and repositioned exhaust.
- New switchable ABS system with track mode.
- Slip-assist clutch as standard.
- 1.5kg lighter.
The result is a bike which is 1.5kg lighter than the old model, with more power, an extended rev range, greater precision, feel and increased agility. It’s faster on the track, better on the road and even more satisfying to own.
The heart of the 2013 Daytona is it’s new engine, which brings more performance and a subtly new character too. The key change is the wider bore and shorter stroke dimensions, allowing a higher 14,400rpm limit to gain more power and a broader spread of useable revs. Facilitating this is the new block, separate from the upper crankcase and with ceramic coated aluminium bores so it can be made stronger to cope with the higher pressures. Power is up 3ps to 128ps (126bhp, 94.2kw), peaking earlier at 12,600rpm and revving on for longer. The torque maximum is 2Nm higher at 75Nm (55.3lb.ft, 7.63kgm), with an increase across the rev range.
On the intake side are new twin injectors per cylinder, aiding the power and torque gains as well as improving fuelling accuracy and efficiency. For the first time, titanium valves are fitted, helping the engine achieve higher revs and allowing Triumph’s engineers room to reshape them to improve gas flow. This has been so effective there has been no need to increase the valve diameter, despite the wider bore. It’s further helped by the new larger section intake, which flows air straight into the centre of the bike, right through the headstock, and as a major bonus this increases the quality and volume of the signature three-cylinder snarling intake roar for the rider.
The exhaust system is a clear change, as the compact and purposeful new unit now sits beneath the engine rather than below the rear seat. This is a consequence of the mission by Triumph’s engineers to centralise the bike’s mass as much as possible and move the weight forward, key factors in making the new Daytona even more agile and yet more stable at speed to.
The transmission features a new slip-assist clutch to provide a lighter lever action and help prevent rear wheel hop under heavy breaking. This is aided by the engine management system, which opens the throttle butterflies to reduce engine breaking.
As well as incorporating the new, innovative intake duct, the frame uses fewer sections in its construction for a cleaner, stronger design and has sharper geometry and a shorter wheelbase to make full use of the revised weight distribution. The rear subframe, constructed from high pressure die cast aluminium, not only looks fantastic but contributes to the slim sharp design at the rear of the bike.
The suspension is new and includes the latest fixed cartridge forks from KYB (formerly Kayaba) and revised rear shock. High performance Pirelli Supercorsa tyres are fitted as standard. The new switchable ABS system, which weighs just 1.5kg, includes a late intervention track setting to allow rear wheel drift.
The ergonomics are altered slightly, with a 10mm reduction in seat height and a little less weight placed on the wrists, but the riding position is still designed for the best control at high speed and on the track.
The new bodywork has a sharper, leaner look that also reflects the higher quality of the new bike. Features such as the deliberately split upper fairing side add an air of class, while the attention to detail has moved to a new level and includes a highly attractive upper yoke, machined engine mounting bolts, plugged swingarm mounting plate, a revised cockpit area and quickly detachable number plate/tail-light unit for easy track-day conversion.
New lightweight wheels provide lower inertia which assists the speed of turn and the speed of acceleration. It all adds up to a more involved ride.
The comprehensive LCD multi-functional instrument pack features digital speedometer, fuel gauge, trip computer, analogue tachometer, lap timer, gear position indicator, programmable gear change lights and a clock. The unit is able to report tyre pressures when Triumph’s accessory Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is fitted, whilst switchable ABS (compatible models) can be easily configured via the display.
For added security, an electronic immobiliser is included as standard.
Daytona 675R Key Features
Once again there will be an R version of the Daytona 675, which adds a number of high specification components to the standard model to increase its performance focus, as well as sporting a unique look. Changes over the standard model are as follows:
- Ohlins suspension is fitted, including a TTX rear shock and NIX30 inverted forks, providing the R with a wider range of adjustability, improved response and a firmer base set up.
- The latest, lighter Brembo Monobloc calipers are fitted for precise and powerful stopping.
- Switchable ABS is included as standard, to suit conditions, riding environments and rider preference.
- The R is fitted with a quick-shift gear change, improved with new software for 2013.
- Carbon fibre cockpit infill panels and rear hugger.
- Red rear subframe, red wheel pinstripes and a unique white colour scheme.
Availability and Pricing
The standard Daytona 675 will be available from late December and will retail at £8,899 OTR (plus £350 for the ABS model).
The Daytona 675R will be available in the UK from the New Year and will retail at £10,599 OTR.