Triumph fans will be able to channel their inner Steve McQueen this summer after the British brand announced that it will build a special edition of its Scrambler 1200 as a homage to the Hollywood icon.
McQueen has been the go to guy for Triumph’s licencing department in recent years, posthumously putting his name to numerous T-shirts and jackets, as well as a limited edition khaki green Bonneville T100 back in 2012. The Scrambler 1200 is the latest in a line of collaborations with the late actor’s estate and his favourite motorcycle brand.
Based on the 2021 Scrambler 1200 XE, which features a new exhaust system for lower emissions and better fuel economy, the limited edition retro adventure bike features a smart new ‘Performance Green’ colour scheme with gold coachlining and the old Meriden Triumph logo on the tank. Other neat detail touches include brushed foil knee pads, brushed aluminium Monza filler car and a brushed aluminium high level front mudguard.
The McQueen edition has also got a whole host of other options from the Triumph accessory brochure thrown at it, including engine bars, clutch and alternator covers and a laser cut aluminium radiator guard. Each bike is individually numbered on a handlebar mounted plaque, with a total production run of 1000, and there’s a McQueen decal – depicting the star astride his Triumph TR6 in the iconic movie The Great Escape – on the tank.
As is usually the case with limited edition Triumphs, the owner also receives a certificate of authenticity – in this case signed by Triumph CEO Nick Bloor, as well as Chad McQueen, Steve’s son.
Triumph has only needed to give its Scrambler 1200 models the lightest of updates to meet the latest Euro5 emissions laws. A new exhaust system is all that has been added to the model, which was first introduced in 2018, and despite the retro looks the Scrambler has built a reputation for its high specification and very competent off-road capability. Power remains at 89bhp, with a healthy 110Nm of torque from the retuned Bonneville T120 motor.
Aside from the McQueen edition, which retails at £13,600, there remains two standard variants of the Scrambler 1200 – the £11,800 XC and the £12,600 XE. The XE has a slightly more off-road focus, with taller suspension, cornering ABS and an additional riding mode tuned for those who want to go off-road.