A new Triumph Daytona 660 seems poised to bring back the mythical acronyms that have accompanied the British company in its commercial future for decades. First used by the brand in the 1997 season when the T595 was released, the name would mark an era as early as the sixties when Buddy Elmore This happened in the 1968 season with the Florida Daytona 200.
The British driver started from 46th on the grid in what was then a prototype of what would later become the Triumph T100. Surprisingly, he got the win.
More surprising is the fact that both specimens used to play the mythical test are preserved in collectible condition. One of them has been on display at the Barber Museum for years, and the other rests peacefully in the British Motor Museum.
The last time Triumph used the name daytona On one of his bikes, it was in 2019 when he launched the Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition, fitted with the same engine as the category’s official frames within the MotoGP World Championship.
Long before that, in the early 1990s, we were enjoying legendary models like this Daytona 750, 900, 1000, and 1200, and later the Daytona 600, 675, and 955i.
Triumph Daytona 660: what’s coming
Now that we’ve learned the history lesson, let’s talk about the return of these acronyms and why they triumphed. A model was chosen that apparently does not have the sporty qualities of its predecessors.
Based on the same platform as the current Trident 660 and Tiger Sport 660, this is a motorcycle with a level of versatility well above that of its predecessor.
The current brand propellant for this specification is a 660 cc three-cylinder DOHC with 12 valves, liquid cooling, and a maximum power of 81 hp at 10,250 rpm.
Significant changes in this respect are initially not to be expected for the future Daytona 660. Yes, it will share a good portion of the components already used in its sisters.
At the bike parts level, and if we are guided by the images offered to us by our Ride Apart colleagues, the test mule uses the same 17-inch wheels as well as the same suspension equipment, brakes, and an instrument panel composed of an Inverted monochrome TFT screen (white on black) identical to that of the Tiger Sport 660. This also allows the integration of the MyTriumph connectivity system (navigation, connection with a smartphone or GoPro).
As far as the driver’s position goes, Triumph doesn’t seem to get carried away by the trends that some of its potential competitors are following once it hits the market. We are talking about the current Aprilia RS660 or Yamaha R7.
The British brand prefers a cockpit that aims for a higher level of ergonomics, although the Daytona 660’s passenger area still offers a seat at a different height and with a sporty design.
Other fundamental aspects that we can clarify about the future Triumph Daytona 660 These are, for example, some front lines that follow a logical progression from the last Daytona launched. On the other hand, it is expected to have some weight in running order under 200 kilograms.
Finally, given the images of the future Triumph Daytona 660, the rear data acquisition base, and some parts that are not final yet, we assume that we are dealing with a model that is in the middle of development.
We assume that it will see the light of day at the earliest possible time next year.