By Dennis Chung
Triumph is bringing back another name from the brand’s past, announcing a new Trident for 2021. The new Triumph Trident will slot in as an entry-level model below the Street Triple and Speed Triple, with a contemporary take on classic roadster styling. Triumph revealed a prototype offering a hint of the Trident’s design, promising the arrival of the finished product at dealers next spring.
The new Trident was the result of a four-year development project by its U.K. design team with input from Rodolfo Frascoli who also helped design the new Tiger 900 (and new Suzuki Katana). “Original British design with Italian flair,” as Triumph puts it. The result is a minimalistic roadster that’s distinct from Triumph’s modern classic line while incorporating cues from the Speed Triple.
“The Trident design prototype marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Triumph, where the brief was all about fun, from the look to the ride,” says Steve Sargent, Triumph chief product officer. “With its pure minimalist form, clean lines, Triumph design DNA and more than a hint of our Speed Triple’s muscular poise, this gives the first exciting glimpse at the full Trident story to come.”
The 2021 Trident will be powered by a new iteration of Triumph’s three-cylinder engine, but instead of the 765cc Triple, it’ll be closer to the previous 675cc displacement. Triumph hasn’t revealed any technical details yet, but a close look reveals Triumph used casings of the 675cc engine for the prototype instead of the larger engine currently powering the Street Triple.