By Dennis Chung
Triumph is set to announce a new sport-touring model to be called the Tiger 850 Sport. The new model will be based on the current Tiger 900 adventure models, with the same 887cc Triple, but we expect it to be purely street-based model without off-road aspirations.
This information comes to us via the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which certified the Tiger 850 Sport alongside the different Tiger 900 variants. The emissions data and the claimed 94 hp at 8750 rpm are the same as the Tiger 900 models, and unchanged from 2020; the only change is the addition of the Tiger 850 Sport name.
Despite the number change, the Triumph Tiger 850 Sport is certified as sharing the same 887cc three-cylinder engine as the Tiger 900 adventure models.
Triumph last offered a Tiger Sport in the U.S. in 2012 as the Tiger 1050 SE, while other markets received an updated Tiger Sport model in 2016, also with a 1050cc Triple engine. That Tiger Sport will not meet Euro 5 standards, however, necessitating a replacement. The earlier Tiger Sport models leaned more in the sport-touring direction with 17-inch cast wheels and we suspect the Tiger 850 Sport will follow along those lines.
A Triumph Tiger 850 Sport would go up against the likes of the Yamaha Tracer 900 and BMW F900XR. The base model Tiger 900 is priced at $12,500, and we suspect the Tiger 850 Sport will slot in below that, so we’re likely looking at something in the $11,000-12,000 price range, which would be competitive with those two potential rivals.