The Main Event, of course, is the Storm-a dark twist on the visually benign, but award-winning Thunderbird. The 2011 Triumph Thunderbird Storm rolls on the same chassis, but carries a bigger version of the powerplant found in the standard Thunderbird-in this case, a bored-out 1699cc liquid-cooled Parallel Twin engine (as opposed to the standard T-Bird’s 1597cc mill) with a 270-degree firing interval. As you may recall, Triumph released a limited edition Thunderbird 1700 last year-basically the regular Thunderbird with optional big-bore factory upgrade kit installed. The big-bore kit is still available for regular T-Birds, but the Storm version wears it as a production unit (which also includes different cams), and even by the seat of your pants, you can feel difference; Triumph claims 98hp at 5200rpm, with torque numbers of 115 ft-lb. at 2950rpm (the stock T-Bird quotes numbers of 85bhp and 100ft-lb., respectively).