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|12-05-2014, 07:00 AM||#1|
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Triumphs Indian power struggle
Confusion over power figures leads to clarification
TRIUMPH is under fire in India after tests by the country’s automotive research association 'ARAI' (no relation to the helmet maker) showed the Street Triples sold there made only 80hp.
It turns out the Indian version of the bike, which is shipped over as a CKD (completely knocked down) kit of parts and assembled in Triumph’s own Indian facilities, is in a different specification to the ones sold here.
The CKD version is designed to make 85hp and sold in markets like Brazil, while European models are designed for 106hp.
Triumph has explained that differences in testing procedures account the small disparity between the design figure of 85hp actual 80hp. The current version of the firm’s Indian-market website and the Indian market brochure both use the new 80hp figure in their specifications.
While the difference is minimal, sources in India – such as indiancarsbikes.in – say that until recently Triumph’s Indian website claimed the full 106hp figure that European spec bikes have. A check on web.archive.org, which hosts snapshots of old web pages, seems to confirm that the 106hp figure was used on the Indian version of the Street Triple web page as recently as August this year.
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